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God of War III Remastered Coming to PS4 on July 14th

Cory Barlog's Avatar Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 // Sony Santa Monica Studios

Happy Tenth Birthday, God of War! I can’t believe it has already been ten years (almost to this day) since Santa Monica Studio released Kratos out into the wild.

10 Years with God of War

Creating an original game is really hard; it takes a combination of creativity, tenacity, guts, skill, and let’s be honest here, no small amount of total lunacy to imagine and see to the finish an entirely new world. So making an original game that is successful, well that is just lightning in a bottle, my friends. I believe that David Jaffe did just that when he created and directed the first God of War game.

God of War PlayStation Gear

Official God of War merchandise is now available on the PlayStation Gear Store at gear.playstation.com. The collection includes several t-shirts to choose from and a limited edition Kratos statue! The Kratos on Throne Statue depicts the final scene in the original God of War.

God of War Kratos Statue

The statue is being produced as a limited edition of 1,250 and stands at an incredible 29 inches tall, showing Kratos sitting upon his throne as the new God of War. Reserve yours with a deposit today!

I joined the Studio later in the development of the first game and had the pleasure of being part of making Kratos who he is today. It all began with Dave’s vision of a brutal mythological world that was equal parts amazing and insane. Then slowly it coalesced with our desire to make the best “pick-up-and-play” action adventure game, seamlessly taking the player to the far reaches of their imagination.

All of this was rolled into the capable hands of one of the most talented development teams I have had the pleasure of working with, the Santa Monica Studio. Together we fought our way to the finish, battling side-by-side (and sometimes even against each other) to reach the finish line and release a game that we all were proud of. As luck would have it, many of you played that game and liked it enough to let us make many incredible entries into the series.

As a fan action adventure and story based games myself, I am forever thankful to Dave Jaffe for the amazing world he created, out of his freaking head. As a professional I owe much of my current career to the opportunity that he and Shannon Studstill (now head of Santa Monica Studio) gave me to go on and direct the second game

The story I wrote for God of War II set the stage for an epic finish to the trilogy Dave and I had always imagined, an all out war between the Gods, Titans, and our favorite angst-ridden Spartan warrior. Going into the third game I set to work on a script and game layout that would push the PS3 to its absolute limit.

While I did not continue on to direct the game, Stig Assmussen, the badass Art Director on the series, took the helm as Director and continued crafting the game and story to its eventual meteoric heights with creative gravitas and skill, and along with his amazing team created one of the craziest, most bombastic and most visually resplendent entries in the series. Seriously, every time I play through that game I see the unique brand of brilliance the Santa Monica team pours into every game they do.

Imagine if a game like that came out on PS4, right?

Well, thanks to the fine folks at SCEA (or Santa Monica Studio) we do not have to imagine anymore because God of War III Remastered is here!

God of War III Remastered

Well, not here yet, but here in the sense that we are announcing it, here. It actually comes out on July 14th.

This action packed thrill ride of a game will take series newcomers and regulars alike on a retina-popping thrill ride filled to the absolute brim with 1080p gameplay, silky smooth combat, earth-shaking weapons, bosses you simply have to face to believe, and an all-new new photo mode so you can share those most tender of God of War moments, like stabbing a Minotaur in the frickin face, with your friends and loved ones.

I highly recommend everyone grab a copy and play because whether you are new to the series or Spartan veterans, God of War III Remastered is one damn fine game.

God of War III RemasteredGod of War III Remastered

On this glorious day of celebration we are also taking some of the world’s best speed runners and bringing them together under one roof to watch them break, exploit, and skip all the long hours and hard work the development team put into these games, all in hopes of achieving the fastest completion time! Huzzah!

Seriously, they can finish the game in less time than it took for us to agree on a dinner order, its nuts. You should just watch it.

Watch live video from PlayStation on www.twitch.tv

Happy Birthday, God of War. Happy Birthday, Kratos, you crazy, bald, ash-covered bastard! Here’s to ten years.

Should we toast to another ten years? Will there be another ten years?

Hmm…

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+ XrossFire97 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:06 am said:

Can’t wait to see Kratos in action on the PS4! So cool!


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    + Aaron Kaufman on March 20th, 2015 at 1:47 pm said:

    July 14th isn’t that far away, it’s smoooooooth


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+ mastorofpuppetz on March 20th, 2015 at 10:07 am said:

Only three? This makes no sense….better be twenty bucks. Why not the collection? Where are the new games from your studios sony?


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+ nextleveltaken on March 20th, 2015 at 10:08 am said:

That statue looks sweet, but $480!?! Yikes!!!

God of War III – even though it is like $2 used on PS3, and I still own a PS3, and I beat the game already (twice), I’m still going to double dip if it has improved load times and better graphics. Yes, I am a sucker for Kratos and the PS4 gets the most play time in my home currently.


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    + Aaron Kaufman on March 20th, 2015 at 1:48 pm said:

    The Kratos Throne statue is definitely for the uber collector, the detail is insane and it’s over 2 feet tall


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+ SolidOni_ds on March 20th, 2015 at 10:09 am said:

But will it be 60 frames per second?


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+ UndreyVITA on March 20th, 2015 at 10:09 am said:

Great, I haven’t gotten to GOWIII.

Any idea on the price and if there are any new features (beside photo mode? (which is great)).


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+ ZombieVito on March 20th, 2015 at 10:09 am said:

No thanks. Only 3 is beyond disappointing.

Release the whole damn series in a collection.


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+ Gorvi on March 20th, 2015 at 10:10 am said:

Interesting. Now show God of War 4 on PS4, we’ve been sitting here with that cliffhanger ending to GoW3 now for 5 years (almost exactly)!


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+ xaos on March 20th, 2015 at 10:11 am said:

Welcome back, Mr. Barlog! This will be a great apertif for..?


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+ Crazymanwalking1 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:11 am said:

GoW III already looked glorious on PS3, i cant fathom how much better it’ll look on PS4! nonetheless im stoked for this Day 1 buy.
Can you guys maybe remaster GoW 1&2 while you’re at it?

Congratulations Santa Monica & God of War on 10 years of bloody epic-ness


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+ Bellalara on March 20th, 2015 at 10:13 am said:

YES!!!


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+ Craiji on March 20th, 2015 at 10:14 am said:

Day 1, kinda wish the value was pushed and Accession was included, dat multiplayer!


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+ blackiemist88 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:14 am said:

Great job all of you!!! I’ve been a fan since the beginning and GOW III is my favorite. Can’t wait for this and the future of the God of war series….

Ps I’m hoping to see the Titan wars in the newest GOW. Playing as Zeus, posiden, and hades against the Titans back in their prime would be awesome!!


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+ bernionline2 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:14 am said:

UNCHARTED 3 remastered.
PLEASE.


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+ gokuh013 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:14 am said:

GOD!!!! stop “making” Remakes and just whip out more original material… or is your thinking cap all out of ideas???????

Next thing you know you´ll be releasing GoW Super Collection HD Remixed with Directors Commentaries and 4 new outfits, and half a sidemision that DO NOTHING to change the gameplay or story and 1 new totally unoriginal wallpapers, all yours FOR ONLY $100……. Really?

Sorry Sony but you really need to stop doing this to your customers.


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+ Figboy on March 20th, 2015 at 10:15 am said:

I absolutely loved God of War 3 on the PS3. It was an incredible showcase of technical prowess from the Santa Monica team from art design, to game design, to engineering and narrative. They really did a fantastic job pushing the PS3 hardware. I’m super excited to be able to play it again on the PS4, and with Photo Mode, no less!

Can’t wait to see what your team is cooking up next, Cory!


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    + Aaron Kaufman on March 20th, 2015 at 1:49 pm said:

    Huge thanks for this. There is a large portion of PS4 gamers who have yet to experience a God of War game, we’re excited to bring this one in the Remastered Edition to them and you.


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+ MNA7i-505-KSA on March 20th, 2015 at 10:16 am said:

is it 60 frame ???????????????


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    + Aaron Kaufman on March 20th, 2015 at 1:49 pm said:

    Yes, the gameplay is targeting 60FPS


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+ UNLOADED on March 20th, 2015 at 10:16 am said:

This is amazing news and I can’t wait to play as Kratos again.. On MY PS4!!


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+ Shadowbhiemes on March 20th, 2015 at 10:16 am said:

Christ, Sony can’t wait to start putting out remakes. Guess this means we’ll get Ascension on PS4 too. even gravity rush is getting one


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+ Blackmagic316 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:16 am said:

Please do this with one and two also. Give it the Master Chief Collection treatment. Please. Anyway I will be buying this. God of War is my favorite game, three came out on my Birthday!!


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+ Kchow23 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:18 am said:

Could we get a remake of God of War 2? The peak of the series and the reason we should be excited Cory is back… ;)


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+ Rezolution77 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:18 am said:

No thanks.

Issues still have not been resolved with PS3 / Vita problems, for me to want to move to yet another console.

How about bringing GW3 to PSN for PS3.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great for new buyer’s, but let us not forget about the older ones.


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+ iriihutoR84 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:19 am said:

Ugh, stop wasting resources on games not needing remasters. Where are the new games, Sony?


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+ FearMonkey on March 20th, 2015 at 10:19 am said:

I sense a God of War 4 for Holiday 2015 release announcement very soon, say like at E3. >_>


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+ fatiga_cronica on March 20th, 2015 at 10:20 am said:

I’m actually getting a little tired of hearing about more remastered games. Where are the new ones? So far, 2015 it’s going to be a pretty lame year for PlayStation considering how weak is the first party line up for the console. I know you can do a lot better than this.


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+ MaulRx on March 20th, 2015 at 10:21 am said:

Guess I should get on playing it for PS3 so I can compare.


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+ mthodmn101 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:21 am said:

only 1 game? hopefully the price is 19.99… anything more is too much


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+ Robbie_G_lrish on March 20th, 2015 at 10:21 am said:

@6 I thought the third was by far the best. I’d say that it really is a work of art and although I still own it I would buy it again on PS4.

@14 They aren’t doing anything to you. You don’t have to read articles about it. You don’t have to watch videos on it. You don’t have to buy it or play it. You can do whatever you want.

What I don’t get is people asking for remasters of the other God Of War games. They’ve already been remastered. There’s only so much you can remaster on PS2 or PSP games.


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+ nextleveltaken on March 20th, 2015 at 10:21 am said:

I can understand why God of War 1 and 2 weren’t included (originally on PS2, looked terrible on Vita), but I’d love to see Ascension included in this (especially because I skipped it).

Yes, bring Uncharted Remastered! (1, 2 and 3 preferably or even just 2 and 3 with online multi-player).


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+ DX2800 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:23 am said:

Will this be retail or Digital?

Any plans of releasing God of War 1 & 2, Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta on PS4?


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    + Aaron Kaufman on March 20th, 2015 at 1:50 pm said:

    Retail and Digital

    No plans for others in the franchise to bring over


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+ dba_usa on March 20th, 2015 at 10:23 am said:

Only the GWIII? It’s no sense. Please, remaster all off them in an one collection! Or maybe, better, one game with all GOW on chronological sequence as if it were a single game!


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+ Figboy on March 20th, 2015 at 10:26 am said:

You guys complaining about Remasters do know two things, right:

1) You don’t HAVE to buy the remasters.

2) It takes time and money to develop video games. Sony hasn’t abandoned making new games to push remasters. If anything, these remasters are helping to supplement the development costs of new IPs, and PS4 sequels to existing IPs. Dropping $50 million + to make a video game that may sink or swim on the whims of a fickle, nearly impossible to please player base is an insanely risky endeavor.

The Order 1886 is an awesome, unfairly maligned game. That wasn’t a cheap game to make. That’s obvious by looking at it. It was a new IP. Risky. Remasters like The Last of Us and God of War 3 make it possible for risks like The Order to happen.

In short: get over yourselves.

The PS4 ground up games are coming. More complicated games require more time in the oven. You don’t make a beef wellington in 10 minutes.


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    + Aaron Kaufman on March 20th, 2015 at 1:51 pm said:

    Beef wellington is awesome, fine food takes patience


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+ airJordan_Xx on March 20th, 2015 at 10:26 am said:

Awesome all we need is uncharted collection now


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+ Cat_Corye on March 20th, 2015 at 10:27 am said:

I’m buying this, now Sony. How about Demon’s Souls Remaster? 1080p, 60fps, sixth world open, improve coop and up to four player coop?

I would buy Demon’s Souls again with all that.


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+ Naustradamus on March 20th, 2015 at 10:29 am said:

Since most of it was already re-mastered for PS3, I hope this time they look to add things that were originally cut from the titles … like the original boss fight of GoW 3. If it’s the same, then there’s nothing new for those who have been with PS since the early days


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+ king_of_kings on March 20th, 2015 at 10:30 am said:

and just in time for my bday! yes yes yes


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+ mthodmn101 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:32 am said:

price confirmed to be 39.99… too much for me :/


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+ anszbd1 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:33 am said:

Why only gow 3, please add gow 1 and 2 too.


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+ fatiga_cronica on March 20th, 2015 at 10:33 am said:

@30 The PS4 launched on 2013. I’m still thinking maybe they rushed on releasing the console back then. And no, I’m not saying they can develop games in 10 minutes but you gotta admit that unless they come up at E3 and announce a bunch of exclusives games, 2015 doesn’t look very promising for the console in that regard. Don’t forget, Uncharted 4 was delayed until next year and so far the only big blockbuster title we have coming for the PS4 is Bloodborne and nothing else for the months to come.


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+ jchill001 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:37 am said:

smh stop with the remasters and give us god of war 4!!!


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+ Burley on March 20th, 2015 at 10:39 am said:

Original content would be nice.


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+ ChibiMrBubbles on March 20th, 2015 at 10:41 am said:

Thanks for making the decision to stay on the PS3 a lot easier Sony. Why are you wasting your time in this instead of getting the new Uncharted 4 or the next God of War out the door? Wonder how many “Remasters” we’ll see at E3 instead of new games.


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+ Seluhir on March 20th, 2015 at 10:42 am said:

I’m beginning to wonder if any Western studios are actually working on new PS4 games, or if they’re all just working on remaking their PS3 hits for the PS4.

Not that I mind remasters… I just think that the ratio of new games to remasters needs to be tilted a bit in favour of new games sometime soon…

Oh well, I prefer Japanese games anyways.


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    + Aaron Kaufman on March 20th, 2015 at 1:52 pm said:

    We are working on a PlayStation 4 project, we’ve stated that publicly, we hear you loud and clear


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+ Jisatsu_Kiddo on March 20th, 2015 at 10:42 am said:

didn’t take long for all the whiny kids of the gimmie gimmie generation to appear.


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+ subsamuel01 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:43 am said:

This makes no sense, I love GoW but why remaster the third game only in a trilogy. What happened to the other two, if anything needed an upgrade its GoW 1 and 2.


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+ Remmy8199 on March 20th, 2015 at 10:43 am said:

There’s no point in only releasing GOW3, especially since it’s so heavily focused on the story. Unless you plan on doing this with the rest of the series I’m not buying because I already own it on PS3 and it’s just fine imo.


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+ FATHASUN on March 20th, 2015 at 10:46 am said:

Hamm… As in yes! There will be another 10 years. And they begin with God Of War 4!


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+ mcksalg on March 20th, 2015 at 10:46 am said:

LOL who asked for this again? Move on to something new please. I love GoW but unless you revitalize this series with new gameplay mechanics leave it be.


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+ Figboy on March 20th, 2015 at 10:47 am said:

@37

I own over 40 games for my PS4. I’m not particularly obsessed with only exclusives. Sony has more development studios than both Microsoft and Nintendo. Many of those studios are comprised of two teams. All of those teams are working on content for PS4. The year isn’t even close to being over yet.

Gaming isn’t comprised of just big blockbusters and “system sellers.” Maybe it’s because I’ve been gaming since the 80’s, but I’m not interested in “system warz” or “list warz.” Between my PS3, Vita, PS4, gaming PC, and 3DS, I have so many games to play and occupy my time and empty my wallet, that any “dry periods,” for one of my platforms is a non issue. Not to mention my obscenely large back log. I’m still trying to beat Dark Souls 1!

I’ll be at E3 this year, so I’m excited to see what’s coming in the next few months. But I don’t share the cynical outlook on the PS4 as others do.

As I mentioned before, it takes time and money to make good video games. This generation is off to a slow start, but it’s been a promising start for me.


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+ Stanng on March 20th, 2015 at 10:50 am said:

As excited as I am for this announcement, 40$ is too much for 1 remaster with the only new addition being photomode.


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+ shadysaiyanz on March 20th, 2015 at 10:53 am said:

Kratos had 5 games. 5 games! yes God of War III was the best one but seriously, let the franchise go away already. Please. Ascension was just further milking of a story that didn’t need it.


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