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Sony Santa Monica dev refutes claim of IP cancelled for 'Destiny' similarities

Sony Santa Monica studio hit with layoffs after cancellation of a new IP.
Sony Santa Monica studio hit with layoffs after cancellation of a new IP.
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Cory Barlog, an employee of Sony Santa Monica, has refuted the rumor Thursday that the studios' cancelled new IP (and the layoffs that followed) were over similarities to "Destiny."

Barlog, who contributed significantly to the "God of War" series, mocked the news outlet, Rocket Chainsaw, over their report on Twitter. In their original report, Rocket Chainsaw said Sony Santa Monica's cancelled game was a sci-fi title that was very reminiscent of Activision's upcoming first person sci-fi shooter, "Destiny." The cancellation of the new IP was supposedly caused by development troubles in distinguishing their game over "Destiny." While Rocket Chainsaw stands by on their sources, they acknowledge Barlog's statement over the matter.

What was confirmed following the Sony Santa Monica news by the studio's former Lead Level Designer, Jonathan Hawkins, is that the cancelled IP in question was the rumored project by "God of War III" director, Stig Asmussen. Hawkins refused to reveal any more information on Asmussen's project, as it wasn't his right to do so.