Why God of War 4 was more of a hail mary than most people realize.
It might not seem like it now that reviews are showering God of War 4 with praise, but this revival was a hail mary of sorts for Sony Santa Monica. At its nadir in 2014, Sony Santa Monica was rudderless and racked with layoffs amid the cancellation of its new IP. The studio behind some of PlayStation's most successful franchises had been relegated to a supporting role on the likes of Fat Princess: Piece of Cake, The Order: 1886, and Bound. Tomorrow's release of God of War 4 will be its first internally developed game since 2013's God of War: Ascension.