Friday, June 1st, 2018 Posted by Jim Thacker

Discover how Sony created the amazing new God of War

The Making of God of War with Santa Monica Studio by Gnomon

Watch Gnomon’s The Making of God of War with Santa Monica Studio on The beloved God of War franchise has won hundreds of awards from all corners of the globe, but God of War (2018) is a new-everything: it takes a new direction, features a new setting, and boasts incredible new gameplay – that even the toughest critics can’t fault.

Key artists from Sony’s Santa Monica Studio will be revealing how the latest God of War title was created at an exclusive free event at Gnomon’s Hollywood campus on Saturday 16 June 2018.

The talks will also be broadcast live on Livestream: you can watch along via the player embedded above.

Discover how Santa Monica Studio created the best God of War yet
The Metacritic-topping, record-selling, confusingly titled eighth instalment in Sony’s series of PlayStation action-adventure titles, God of War rebuilds the franchise from the ground up.

The new game reinvents God-slaying series protagonist Kratos as a family man – albeit one whose idea of child-rearing also involves the systematic extermination of a long series of creatures from Norse mythology.

In the Gnomon event, Santa Monica Studio lead character artist Rafael Grassetti and lead character concept artist Dela Longfish will reveal how Kratos and God of War’s other denizens were created.

They will be joined on stage by lead narrative animator Erica Pinto and lead character technical artist Axel Stanley-Grossman to discuss the rigging and animation work, while lead environment artist Nate Stephens and lead environment concept artist Luke Berliner will reveal how the world of God of War was designed.

The talks run for over three hours, and will be followed by the opening reception for The Art of God of War, a new exhibition of art work from the game at the neighbouring Gnomon Gallery.

Entry to the exhibition is also free: it can be viewed between 9.00am and 6.00pm Mondays to Fridays, and runs until later in the summer.

Free to attend, but register online in advance
The Making of God of War with Santa Monica Studio takes place at Gnomon’s Hollywood campus from 4.00-7.30pm on Saturday 16 June 2018. Entry is free, but you’ll need to register online first.

Updated 4 June 2018: Tickets to the live event have now sold out, but Gnomon has released more tickets to the gallery reception that follows it. You can also still watch the event live online.

If you can’t make it to LA in person, you can also watch the event on Gnomon’s Livestream channel. You don’t need to register to watch the stream, and can ask questions via Twitter using the hashtag #gnomon.

The opening reception for The Art of God of War exhibition follows the live event, and runs until 11.00pm.

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