God of War Ragnarok developer is hiring for a “new large-scale project”
A new job posting for Sony Santa Monica again confirms that the God of War Ragnarok developer has a new project currently in development.
Later this year, PlayStation and Sony Santa Monica will release the latest game from the God of the war franchise, God of War Ragnarok. It is the sequel to the 2018 soft reboot of the God of the war franchise and is certainly one of the most anticipated PlayStation exclusive releases of the PlayStation 5 generation. Yet even though Sony Santa Monica is focused on God of War Ragnarokis the final stage of development, it is also already beginning to look towards what is to come.
In a recent job posting for Sony Santa Monica, the studio confirmed that a new project is already in development. The job slate is a big one, as Sony Santa Monica is looking for a new art director. The position of artistic director will not work on God of War Ragnarok, however, as this position is already occupied by Rafael Grassetti. Instead, the new art director is hired to help lead the development of a brand new, unannounced project.
In several cases, the Art Director job profile mentions an “unannounced new title”, a “new journey”, and a “new large-scale project” at Sony Santa Monica. Obviously, the language is extremely vague as to what this project could be, but what is important is that it is new and has not yet been publicly confirmed. As for other project details, the entire profile states that Santa Monica Studio builds “genre-defining games” and that the post will help establish style guides for “environments, characters, and creatures.”
What’s next for Sony Santa Monica, from a general perspective, is a mystery. Sony Santa Monica was the God of the war studio for PlayStation dating back to when the original game was released in 2005, so it’s hard to imagine it working on anything else. However, God of War Ragnarok director Eric Williams wraps up the ‘Norse Saga’ with God of War Ragnarok. The future of the studio is up in the air.
One possibility is God of the war next project from director Cory Barlog. In 2021, Barlog confirmed he would not be directing God of War Ragnarok, in part due to Sony Santa Monica’s tradition of swapping directors between games. However, Barlog is still at Sony Santa Monica and hinted at another game. It’s possible that Barlog built a team while working as a God of War Ragnarokand now needs an art director.
Time will tell what Sony Santa Monica’s next project is. Maybe the studio will take a break God of the war working on something new, or maybe he has two teams and can develop two AAA games at the same time. Maybe it will be a new IP address, or maybe it’s just the next one God of the war Game. With the success of the God of the war soft reboot, many Sony Santa Monica fans will be watching.
God of War Ragnarok out in 2022 on PS4 and PS5.
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