After being hit by a round of layoffs back in February causing the cancellation of a project, Sony Santa Monica has gradually restarted hiring.
Many expected the developer to announce its new AAA game at PlayStation Experience, and it indeed happened in the weirdest of ways. Game Director Cory Barlog let it slip during a panel that the studio is working on a new God of War. Initially the official Twitter account confirmed, then all the relevant tweets were deleted in a hurry, as the studio tried (not very effectively, since screenshots remained) to cover its tracks.
Right after the reveal-but-not-really, Sony Santa Monica published several career opportunity ads on its website.
To be precise, the studio is hiring eight developers and a Senior System Administrator. The developer positions are Level Designer, Senior Maya Programmer, Senior Staff Gameplay programmer, Senior Tools/Technology Programmer, Senior Engine/Graphics Programmer, Senior Staff Animator/Motion Capture Expert, Senior Technical Artist, and Senior Character Technical Artist.
Interestingly, if you exclude the level designer, all the positions are of the senior level, requiring a minimum of five years of experience, and indicating a serious effort to strengthen the development backbone of the studio.
It remains to be seen when we’ll finally see a full reveal of Sony Santa Monica’s God of War game on PS4. Hopefully we’ll be able to hear something about it next year.