Kratos debuts on PS4 today with God of War III Remastered

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Sony Santa Monica launched God of War III Remastered today, marking the popular action franchise’s first-ever appearance on the PlayStation 4.

God of War III Remastered upgrades the PS3 classic with 1080p, 60 frames-per-second presentation quality and a new photo mode that allows players to capture their favorite over-the-top moments in gory detail.

Set in ancient Greece, God of War III finds series antihero Kratos on a quest for revenge against the Olympian gods, as is his wont, after being abandoned by the Titan Gaia. Gameplay progresses across a series of sweeping action scenes and platforming sequences bridged by combo-driven combat and brutal, quick time event enemy executions at the hands of Kratos, armed with his traditional swords on chains.

Nearly every game in the God of War series has seen a remastered re-release at this point. God of War and its sequel hit the PlayStation 3 in 2009’s God of War Collection, and a PS Vita compilation later premiered in 2014.

A pair of prequel games originally released on the PSP – God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta – were also remastered and launched for the PlayStation 3 in 2011’s God of War Origins Collection. Several compilations followed in the years afterward, including the Europe-exclusive God of War Trilogy and the series-spanning God of War Saga.

To commemorate the series’ 10-year anniversary, Sony has additionally partnered with creative production company iam8bit for a series of God of War-inspired movie posters from artists Jim Rugg, Doaly, and Nimit Malavia.

Last year Sony Santa Monica Studio head Cory Barlog admitted that they are indeed working on a brand new entry for the series, but that fans shouldn’t hold their breath until 2016 or 2017 at the earliest. Little is known about the next chapter other than that it will not be a prequel like God of War: Ascension.

God of War III Remastered is available exclusively via the PlayStation Network, and is priced at $40.

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