God of War’s stock in trade is excess. If Kratos isn’t pulling the entrails out of a cyclops the size of a glacier, sliding down its ruined corpse on a sled made of a dead hero’s shield, and then having sex with a goddess and her handmaidens then it really isn’t a God of War game. So even though it would be excessive for Sony to release yet another compilation of God of War video games for PlayStation 3, word is that the company is going to do just that in August.
Siliconera reported on Monday that, according to an unnamed retailer, Sony will release the God of War Saga Collection at the end of August. Unlike 2010’s God of War Collection compiling the PlayStation 2 originals and last year’s God of War: Origins Collection compiling HD remasters of the PSP games Ghost of Sparta and Chains of Olympus, this set will include all of those games as well as the PlayStation 3’s God of War III. Five games in a storied series on a single Blu-ray disc is just the sort of package that will benefit the release of brand new, cheap, redesigned PlayStation 3, wouldn’t you say?
The God of War Saga Collection could potentially be more than just a third PS3 compilation for the series. Sony’s burgeoning strategy for its consoles is to release new titles on both the PS3 and PlayStation Vita. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale are just two retail games that Sony has confirmed will be available for both its home and portable consoles, with the ability to save and continue a game on either system.
The PlayStation 3 doesn’t need the God of War Saga Collection. All the games included in the package are available at low prices in the existing collections or as downloadables, as is God of War III. The PlayStation Vita on the other hand is in desperate need of new content. Sony’s partners already have tools developed to make the process of converting all these games to the format as well. Bluepoint Games handled both the HD re-masters of God of War 1 and 2 as well as Metal Gear Solid 2, 3, and Peace Walker. The Metal Gear HD remasters were recently ported over to Vita by Bluepoint and Armature Studios. With those tools already in place, bringing both the PS2 and PSP HD God of War games to Vita would be a relatively simple process.
More complicated would be the conversion of God of War III. The Vita version of Saga could forego its inclusion though, much as Konami did by excluding Peace Walker from the Vita edition of Metal Gear Solid HD Collection.
We’ve reached out to Bluepoint Games for comment on whether or not they’re working on Saga.