Back in February, Sony Santa Monica canceled a new IP, also laying off quite a few of its developers. The first to announce the cancellation was Lead Level Designer Jonathan Hawkins.
Tonight we learn through his twitter account that Hawkins found a new place to express his talent by forming his own studio: White Elk Studios.
The new studio also provided more information through its own Twitter, and website. They have been at work on a virtual reality exploration game named Eclipse, developed in collaboration with Section Studios and former God of War Visual Development Lead Cecil Kim.
Apparently, the game is already primed for its debut, and a playable demo will be available this Saturday at VR Los Angeles.
It’s defined a “first-person exploration game” that lets you manipulate a planetary-scale alien landscape and also includes puzzles.
Hawkins forged his career on the God of War franchise, as a Junior Level Designer on the first game, Level Designer on the second and Senior Level Designer on God of War III. After that, he was selected as Lead Level Designer for the mysterious canceled project.
Below you can catch the first glimpse on the game. At the moment no platforms have been announced.