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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victorMaje39d 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.

Nakiro38d ago

Well said.

Rest in peace George Mawle.

zawepa38d 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.

S2Killinit37d ago (Edited 37d 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!

seanpitt2338d ago (Edited 38d ago )

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

Crazyglues38d ago

Well Said, Indeed....

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

moriarty188938d ago

Condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

sourOG38d ago

Damn 😔 he’s with Odin now.

CorndogBurglar38d 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.

bloop38d ago

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

VerminSC38d ago

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

TheDoomedGuy38d ago

He should totally be in the second game in some way

zacfoldor38d ago

I hope they do this. That axe was the gameplay hook for the game early on and made it stand out as probably the best Sony franchise. The narrative ties to the axe are super interesting. Respect, one of the most impactful digital items ever made.

LucasRuinedChildhood38d ago (Edited 38d 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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