Sony Santa Monica Developer Praises Studio History: it's "What Gives Our Games an Unique Flavor"

October 19, 2014

Sony Santa Monica has been through a bit of turmoil lately. The year begun with a round of layoffs and a cancellation of a game, followed by the move to the new location in Playa Vista, and now the house of God of War is hiring again, as we wait for the reveal of its rumored PS4 game.

Yet, according to Senior Technical Artist and veteran of the studio Richard Greenspan, developers come and go, but what makes Sony Santa Monica’s games special is rooted in its history, as he mentioned on Twitter.

I sometimes reminisce about my career at @SonySantaMonica and I’m reminded of all the great individuals who I used to work with.

In the moment you think that these amazing colleagues and friends are going to be around forever.

But time goes by and old faces are replaced with new. I like to think of our studio as an old seasoned skillet.

We are constantly refining the game development process but our history is what gives our Studio and in turn our games an unique flavor.

It’s hard not to agree there, and it’ll be interesting to see what the studio’s DNA will produce in this new generation. Personally, I can’t wait. Rumors say that Sony is going to show off some new games in December. Time will tell if the the good folks in Santa Monica (pardon, Playa Vista) will be part of the show.

Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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