The Developer Behind God of War's Incredible Leviathan Axe Has Sadly Passed Away

George Mawle, a former gameplay engineer at Sony Santa Monica Studio who is credited with the handling behind God of War's Leviathan Axe and Blades of Chaos, sadly passed away last Thursday.

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victorMaje815d ago

I can't speak for what a loss he would be to family & loved ones but as far as the video games industry, a Huge loss. What this guy made in terms of gameplay mechanic with those weapons is nothing short of genius. May you never be forgotten.
RIP, Legend.

GhostofHorizon814d ago

Well said.

Rest in peace George Mawle.

zawepa814d ago

That sucks. Even though he did not originally create the mechanics. Dark Sector accomplished it many years before With the "Glaive".

But it was nice to see it return in some form.

S2Killinit813d ago (Edited 813d ago )

Same concept true, but not at all the same achievement. The Leviathan axe is on a different level from a believability and mechanics complexity perspective. Dark Sector’s glaive would not have been acceptable in a God of War game.

But very cool find, and also I remember really enjoying that game!

seanpitt23814d ago (Edited 814d ago )

Live life to your fullest.. you don’t know what’s around the corner

Crazyglues814d ago

Well Said, Indeed....

Condolences to his family & friends... May he rest in peace.

moriarty1889814d ago

Condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

sourOG814d ago

Damn 😔 he’s with Odin now.

CorndogBurglar814d ago

Man, he deserves more credit. The Leviathan Axe in GoW has gotta be one of the best weapons ever created in a video games. It felt so smooth and fluid, and was just a cool weapon. Like Thor's hammer, but in axe form.

bloop814d ago

Recalling the axe was so satisfying and never got old. Legendary.

LordoftheCritics814d ago

It was a mini game in itself.

VerminSC814d ago

Wouldn’t be surprised if they hid his name on the axe in runes in GOW Ragnarok

TheDoomedGuy814d ago

He should totally be in the second game in some way

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LucasRuinedChildhood814d ago (Edited 814d ago )

He really doesn't seem that old. RIP.

It would be nice if his contribution was honoured with an easter egg like that, and perhaps they could acknowledge his passing in the likely Ragnorok trailer on Thursday too.

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