One of the key engineers behind God of War’s Leviathan Ax has died

George Mawle, a former game engineer at Sony Santa Monica described as one of the “fathers” of God of War’s beloved Leviathan Ax, sadly died on September 2.

Mawle worked at Sony Santa Monica as a programmer during the studio’s work on the 2018 PS4 exclusive, God of War. His work on the game’s iconic Leviathan Ax, as well as other game features, will be remembered by fans and co-workers for years to come. Sony Santa Monica creative director Cory Barlog described Mawle as “an incredibly funny, intelligent and warm human being. He was one of the fathers of the Leviathan sentiment. Without his curiosity and intellect, those moments of pure joy remembering the ax never would have existed “. “

The studio’s lead combat designer, Mihir Sheth, worked with Mawle during his time at Sony Santa Monica and was just one of many who paid tribute to the late engineer on social media.

In a thread on Twitter, Sheth explained: “If you’ve ever enjoyed throwing and retrieving the Leviathan Ax, or spinning the chains of the Blades of Chaos in GOW’18, take a moment to acknowledge that it was largely possible at the same time. George Mawle’s Engineering and Energy “.

Sheth continued in another part of the thread: “On SMS, he worked on Kratos’ weaponry, navigation, RPG systems, a wide variety of combat behaviors, scripting system improvements to empower designers, and A LOT more. He was a veteran on the team. He played a huge role in closing the game and eliminating mistakes. “

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While God of War was the last published title Mawle made his mark on, his career spanned a number of other games, including but not limited to Prototype 2, Crash of the Titans, and Scarface: The World is Yours. According to Sheth, the programmer also enjoyed doing a number of side projects in his time away from the studio. The lead combat designer went on to say that Mawle would proudly show others his own homemade cookbooks, woodworking projects, and home movies.

In addition to Sheth, several other former co-workers and fans of Mawle’s work on social media also took to social media to pay tribute to the late programmer. You can read a collection of some of his comments on him below:

Everyone at IGN offers our condolences to Mawle’s family and friends.

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Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN.