"SCEA can confirm that Stig Asmussen is no longer with Santa Monica Studio". This was the sad news for Sony Santa Monica - but maybe not for game fans yesterday.
Stig Asmussen (or just Stig to his pals) helped to develop the entire God of War
trilogy developer and was the game director of God of War 3
. His departure comes after Sony laid of a lot of staff at the studio before its relocation away from Santa Monica (story here
Polygon reports that, "Sony did not comment if Asmussen left SCE Santa Monica when it experienced a reduction in workforce late last month or if he was working on the new IP that was canceled alongside the layoffs. Former SOE Santa Monica lead level designer Jonathan Hawkins stated on Twitter at the time that a new IP was canned, writing "The saddest & most important part is the game I was creating for the player that will never be played."