The God of War franchise is a decade old this week and, to celebrate, Sony's Santa Monica Studio announced a new(ish) game in the series. God of War III Remastered is heading to the PlayStation 4 on July 14.
I was getting a little worried there. Almost an entire month passed before another “Remastered” version of a last-gen game was announced for the Xbox One or PlayStation 4. God of War will join The Last of Us, DmC, and about a dozen other games that have made the jump to the PlayStation 4.
I suppose this is great news for diehard GoW fans or folks who never owned a PlayStation 3. But at this point, it feels like half of the current-gen library is made up of facelifted last-gen titles. I’m having a hard time getting excited for these remasters anymore.
Many are already bemoaning the fact that this latest remaster is only a single title, as God of War already has an HD collection, which included several games on a single disc. Honestly, I’m not sure it would be worth anyone’s time to enhance a PSone or PS2 game up to PS4 standards. So, the absence of some older titles isn’t really surprising. Then again, I would have thought the disc would at least include the other God of War PS3 title, Ascension. My guess is that we’ll get yet another remaster sometime this fall, covering that particular base. And that will probably lead into (drum roll please) a new God of War title for holiday 2015.
Keep in mind that no such game has been officially announced…yet. In a recent PlayStation Blog post, Sony Santa Monica's Cory Barlog discussed the 10-year celebration, dished details on God of War III Remastered, and dropped this final coy hint:
“Should we toast to another ten years? Will there be another ten years?” he said. “Hmm…”
Consider this your friendly reminder that E3 2015 is just a few months away and, with Uncharted 4 pushed back to next year, Sony could probably use a big fall hit to carry it through the holiday season. As for the game that has been announced, it sounds like we can expect the basic remaster treatment, namely a facelift.
Here's Cory Barlog again:
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.