SIE Santa Monica Studio

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SIE Santa Monica Studio
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo games
FoundedSeptember 12, 1999; 20 years ago (1999-09-12) in Santa Monica, California[1]
Headquarters,
United States
Key people
Yumi Yang (head of studio)
ProductsGod of War series
Number of employees
200+ (2018)[2]
ParentSony Interactive Entertainment
WebsiteOfficial website

SIE Santa Monica Studio is an American first-party video game developer, part of SIE Worldwide Studios developers group, and owned by Sony Interactive Entertainment, known for developing the acclaimed God of War series. It is based in Los Angeles, California and was established in 1999.

History[edit]

Established in 1999, Santa Monica Studio became first known in 2005 with the success of God of War. Santa Monica Studio later turned into a pioneer in innovation and mentoring new voices in gaming. Based on a model established with video game studio Thatgamecompany, Santa Monica Studio has since acted as an incubator for studios as Giant Sparrow and SuperBot Entertainment.[3]

On January 29, 2014, it was reported that the company was moving from Santa Monica to Playa Vista, Los Angeles.[4] Their new facility occupied a 20-acre site and allowed the studio to house two independent studios, as well as having an "improved sound bay and a motion capture studio".[5]

On February 25, 2014, the studio was hit by layoffs due to the cancellation of a new intellectual property.[6][7]

Games developed[edit]

Game title U.S. release date Platform Ref
Kinetica October 14, 2001 PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4 [8]
God of War March 22, 2005 PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita [9]
God of War II March 13, 2007 PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita [10]
God of War III March 16, 2010 PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 [11]
God of War: Ascension March 12, 2013 PlayStation 3 [12]
God of War April 20, 2018 PlayStation 4 [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ @SonySantaMonica (September 12, 2019). "20 years. It's been an incredible journey creating games from our internal team to external partners. What are your favorites?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "SANTA MONICA STUDIO". Archived from the original on June 7, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "thatgamecompany". Get In Media.
  4. ^ Purchese, Robert (January 29, 2014). "A Peek At Our New Studio, expanding". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "Sony Santa Monica not involved with The Last Guardian".
  6. ^ Moriarty, Colin (February 25, 2014). "Layoffs Hit God of War Studio Sony Santa Monica". IGN. Imagine Games Network. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  7. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (February 27, 2014). "God of War developer Sony Santa Monica suffers layoffs". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  8. ^ "Kinetica". Santa Monica Studios (SMS). October 14, 2001. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  9. ^ "Santa Monica Studio". Santa Monica Studio. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  10. ^ "Santa Monica Studio". Santa Monica Studio. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  11. ^ "God of War III". Santa Monica Studios (SMS). March 16, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  12. ^ "Santa Monica Studio". Santa Monica Studio. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  13. ^ "God of War Game - PS4". PlayStation. September 13, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2020.

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