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New God of War: Ghost of Sparta Skins Exposed, Deimos for God of War III Unveiled

Ken Chan's Avatar + Posted by Ken Chan on Oct 28, 2010 // Product Manager, SCEA

Spartan Army! November 2nd is only a few short days away, and we thought it was only fair that we give our Spartan Army a sneak peek at all the various skins you get to experience within Ghost of Sparta, and also a first gameplay glimpse of Deimos within God of War III.

Here to walk you through each of the skins is the Game Director of God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Dana Jan.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta - Kratos skin

Kratos

Just for comparison, I thought I would throw in Kratos in his standard gear for a direct comparison. Some interesting notes about the default model: We reworked it and improved a lot of things including better textures, specular shine on the metal (belt, shin guard, weapons), his goatee was fixed (Chains of Olympus didn’t have an alpha channel on it), his face I more expressive due to new facial rig, and subtle improvements like the red tattoo having a softened edge so it looks better up close. The blades were all remodeled to match the Blades of Athena as seen in God of War II as well.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta - Ghost of Sparta skin

Ghost of Sparta

Throughout the game, Kratos sees visions of his past. We came up with a ‘look’ or visual style for these sequences that helped clearly set them apart from what was happening in present time. Everything and everyone in these visions/flashbacks has a vapor-like effect emitting from them. We took almost all of the color out of the imagery making it fairly monochromatic with the exception of the color red which is associated with Deimos’ birthmark, the fires that burned Sparta the day his brother was taken, and also the blood that stains his memories. Choose the Ghost of Sparta costume and you will take twice the damage from enemies, but your rewarded by inflicting quadruple fire damage with Thera’s Bane. The Ghost costume is also able to regenerate the fire meter four times as fast as the default Kratos costume.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta - God Armor

God Armor

One of the first bonus costumes we decided to include with the game was the God Armor. Fans will recognize the armor from the beginning of God of War II where Kratos is wearing it in Rhodes as he battles the Colossus. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that somewhere in Ghost of Sparta you will see Kratos in this armor. Another interesting bit of information about this armor is that Deimos’ armor features some striking similarities. Compare them and see for yourself. This costume decreases the amount of damage Kratos receives from enemies, doubles the damage he deals with Thera’s Bane, and increases the fire meter regen time. Finally, it also causes enemies to drop Red Orbs as Kratos hits them with attacks

God of War: Ghost of Sparta - Robotus skin

Robotos

There has to be a funny costume in every God of War game. We had several on the comic-relief side in Chains of Olympus, but I don’t think any were as good as this. This has to be my favorite of all time. We went back and forth on what kind of robot we wanted to make for this costume. Finally, it seemed like the funniest looking version was robot costume made out of cardboard boxes, metal ventilation hose, and duct tape. Polish it off with some permanent markers to draw the details on the cardboard, and you get Robotos. I’m sure someone is making this costume to wear at a con as we speak. Robotos has the ability to generate massive combos by increasing the amount of time allowed between hits to increment the combo meter. His damage dealt with the Blades of Athena and Arms of Sparta have been decreased along with magic costing him twice as many Blue Orbs to use. He’s still my favorite costume in the game.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta - Deimos skin

Deimos

When we designed Deimos, one of the biggest tasks was trying to create a character that looked like he could stand next to Kratos and be equally as strong and interesting. While they share the similar iconic “mark” as a story point, they needed to be very different people. The years of captivity in the Domain of Death drove Deimos to a very dark place. His birth mark now glows as the flesh sears with rage. When picking the attributes for this costume, we thought it would be cool to make him more proficient with the Arms of Sparta (spear and shield) since he trained with Kratos and is a Spartan after all. Additional adjustments include more damage taken by enemy attacks, and less damage done when using the Blades of Athena.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta - Legionnaire skin

Legionnaire

(Pre-Order Bundle Exclusive)

This is one over-the-top set of armor, even for Kratos. The idea for this costume started after we learned about the God of War fans known as the Spartan Army. We thought it would be cool to do a costume that would go with the Arms of Sparta (spear and shield) and form a cohesive set of gear. The helmet design is loosely based on that of a Spartan soldier and the chest plate has elements like the Cerberus silhouettes found on Kratos armor from the God of War flashbacks. We also wanted to carry the crimson elements of Kratos’ tattoo and cloth skirt into this costume to keep his palette familiar. This costume gives you the ability to collect double Orbs of all types, and using magic will cost half the amount of Blue Orbs. If that weren’t good enough, the Legionnaire resists enemy damage four times as much as normal and deals double damage with the Arms of Sparta.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta - Deimos in God of War III

Deimos for God of War III

(Available only through purchase of God of War: Ghost of Sparta)

During the production of Ghost of Sparta, we discussed the idea of making Deimos an unlockable costume to be used in God of War 3 on the PS3. We wanted to give players who had both games (and systems) some content that crossed platforms. We provided the team at Sony Santa Monica Studio our assets used on the PSP, and we are really pleased with how Deimos looks in God of War 3. I’m particularly happy with the way his glowing “mark” looks on his body. I’m looking forward to playing through the game again and seeing Deimos tear through some of my favorite moments.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta - Deimos in God of War III God of War: Ghost of Sparta - Deimos in God of War III

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+ Kirkpad on October 28th, 2010 at 9:48 pm said:

I’m willing to drop full price on this, only because you’ve confirmed that it will come with lots of order bonuses for us Go users. I’m assuming that the preorder bonuses apply to the Canadian PSN store and not just the US store. I think you answered this already.


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    + Ken Chan on October 28th, 2010 at 11:21 pm said:

    Yup. Just purchase through the PS Store next week


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+ o0o_chaos_o0o on October 28th, 2010 at 10:54 pm said:

I just can’t wait for the game to come out, I have the regular PSP and the PSP Go but the limited edition God of War GOS bundle looks so sweet I am really thinking about buying the bundle. Help!


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    + Ken Chan on October 28th, 2010 at 11:22 pm said:

    You definitely can’t go wrong with the Entertainment Pack bundle


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+ gundam_f91s on October 28th, 2010 at 11:26 pm said:

With the exception of Amazon and GameStop, which retailers are also offering pre-order bonus?


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+ dz1700 on October 29th, 2010 at 12:20 am said:

do psp go get the Ghost of Sparta Original Soundtrack


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    + Ken Chan on October 29th, 2010 at 8:41 am said:

    That, and the rest of the pre-order bundle + Deimos


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+ MOPARFUL99 on October 29th, 2010 at 12:57 am said:

Ok ken I’m curious about something, I was invited to be a part of the rewards beta(freakin stoked) and I was wondering does the purchase of a psp give me points for the rewards program??? I’ve had it pre-order for months now so if I can get points for somthing I was getting regardless would be epic.. Thanks!


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+ juujigai on October 29th, 2010 at 2:21 am said:

As a PSPGo owner, I want to express my deep thanks and gratitude. We really get the short end of the stick so often that I appreciate a company willing to go that extra mile to make certain that we aren’t left behind.


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+ andreopalomino on October 29th, 2010 at 3:53 am said:

I didn’t know that i could get the PO bundle through the PSN. That’s great!


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+ awsome_robot on October 29th, 2010 at 5:45 am said:

Will Robotos ever make its way on the PS3? (An avatar alone will be a automatic purchase for me)


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+ rusty112 on October 29th, 2010 at 8:01 am said:

Is this content exclusive to america or will it be coming out in the UK as well


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+ KeysAlex on October 29th, 2010 at 8:49 am said:

How much the PSPGo version will cost? $39.99? I wanna know so I can charge my account.


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+ Kixx_MKIII on October 29th, 2010 at 9:09 am said:

I do have to say, the team did great with redoing the textures on Kratos. I noticed the drastic improvement just from seeing the demo, and I have to say,I’m completely impressed with the limits your pushing to produce an excellent visual/playable game on the PSP.


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+ subbed on October 29th, 2010 at 10:27 am said:

Gonna get this game but not the psp bundle pack. Nice little add-ons are always nice!


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+ dragon_frost on October 29th, 2010 at 2:11 pm said:

Ken chan, will we see deimos in future god of war games possibly &
will the future god of war games stay based around greek mythology or will the god of war games be based around another mythology?


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+ PolloKratosDp on October 30th, 2010 at 8:33 am said:

If I pre-order this am I gonna be able to use the voucher codes in my account even if I am in another country without saying that “you can’t access this on your account”?


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+ giga-lo-maniacs on October 31st, 2010 at 9:03 am said:

Forest of the Forgotten Challenge Arena included
or not cu’z i see it in the Playstation HK ,maybe HK version is better


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+ ma0196 on October 31st, 2010 at 3:50 pm said:

awesome


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+ GoosePants on October 31st, 2010 at 4:15 pm said:

DO you know if God of War 3 will receive any more DLC? Maybe like a New Game+? WHere you can keep all the weapons from the previous playthrough? Or if we will ever be able to skip the cutscenes?


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+ JuStMeD1DaPpA on November 2nd, 2010 at 6:33 pm said:

I pre-order ghost of sparta and picked it up today, own all of the god of war games and the f****g pre-order code is’nt working from gamestop and same for the one inside of the game case to play as Deimos in god of war 3. Sony better do sumthing becuse i pretty much own all of their exclusive titles or else 360 here I come…


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+ merc719 on November 3rd, 2010 at 11:31 am said:

I’ve pre-ordered GoS from amazon.co.uk, but it didn’t say anything about the pre-order bonus. Will I still receive the free stuff in the UK, or is it exclusive to the US and Canada?


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+ JBSamJackson on November 4th, 2010 at 6:11 am said:

I downloaded the Deimos skin with no problems. Then I put in GOD III and couldn’t find the skin to use. Is that because I had not downloaded the latest GOD III updated?
If, so I am having issues getting the update. The download will start but then stop and after a while I will get the error message that I have been signed out of the PS Network. It’s getting really frustrating. Please help. Thanks.


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+ nasiris117 on November 6th, 2010 at 1:45 pm said:

Alright so i Pre-Ordered the PSP Bundle and i beat the game and unlocked everything in the temple of zeus. But now, How can i use a costume in the campaign mode? Please answer!!!


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