Sony Santa Monica Studio is working on another game that isn’t God Of War 2, as fans speculate about Crackdown 4 from Sumo Digital.
Modern video games have a level of production values that would’ve seemed unimaginable even just a few years ago but state-of-the-art graphics and giant game worlds come at a cost, and that’s how long they take to make.
It’s already nearly three years since the release of the last God Of War game and the follow-up hasn’t even been properly announced yet – all there’s been is a vague teaser that it exists.
At this rate it’s going to take many years before the current Nordic storyline is complete but one silver lining is that that won’t tie up developer Santa Monica Studio competely, as they’ve already got another project underway.
There’s no indication of what it is, but a job ad for a new art director states that it’s a ‘large-scale project’ and intended to be a ‘genre-defining’ game.
God Of War isn’t a game that fits easily into any existing genre, so the description suggests the new project is something quite different.
Apart form future racing game Kinetica back in the PlayStation 2 days, God Of War is all Santa Monica has ever worked on though, so it’s impossible to guess what the new title may be.
The studio does help smaller indie developers with their PlayStation exclusives though and has worked on everything from Journey to Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, so they have got plenty of hands-on experience with games that don’t involve Kratos.
Although this one doesn’t give much away, games companies have become notoriously bad at revealing new games via job ads – long before they’re officially announced – with this year already revealing a new project by Naughty Dog and unintended details about Ubisoft’s Star Wars game.
In a similar vein, Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Crackdown 3 developer Sumo Digital is also currently running job ads that reveal they’re working on two new projects, one a new entry in an ‘established AAA open-world action franchise’ that’s described as a ‘a huge but unannounced AAA console title’.
Many fans have immediately suggested this might be a new Crackdown but considering the reception for the last one that seems unlikely.
The second project is described as a ‘third person multiplayer action title’ and an ‘exciting new multiplayer high-profile shooter IP franchise’ that’s implied to be a PvP shooter.
When the games will be announced officially, and which publisher there’ll be for, remains a mystery.
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