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Report: Sony Santa Monica layoffs were due to a scrapped Destiny-like science fiction game

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Yesterday, we reported that a number of layoffs had been made at the Sony Santa Monica studio.

Today, Australian site Rocket Chainsaw reported on the reasons why.

They cite sources who claim that “a majority of layoffs consist of key staff that were working on Santa Monica’s new IP, the project now more or less scrapped into oblivion.

“While details on the project are scarce, we’ve been told it was a science fiction title not all that far removed from Bungie and Activision’s Destiny, and a very large project at the studio, with sources expressing very positive enthusiasm for the project’s vision and potential. We’ve also been told that after Destiny was formally revealed parts of Santa Monica’s sci-fi project underwent rather significant changes, the original vision apparently quite similar to what Bungie is cooking up, changes applied to distance the two.”

The site doesn’t indicate if the sources were from inside the studio itself or parties close to the studio.

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