194w ago - Update: The official boxart is now added below, and those interested can pre-order God of War: Collection for $39.99 from Amazon.com.
SCEA Product Marketing Manager Anthony Caiazzo announced today that the God of War Collection - Blu-ray Disc Compilation will be available this holiday season.
To quote: The fans spoke and we listened. For those that recall the God of War survey conducted earlier this year, an overwhelming amount of the community suggested the PlayStation 2 experiences of Kratos be brought forth to the PlayStation 3.
Thanks to your feedback, we are excited to announce the God of War Collection for this Holiday Season. Now fans and newcomers to the series can experience the epic journey of God of War and God of War II in 720p HD form. Both titles have been remastered with anti-aliased graphics, running at 60 frames per second for a smooth gameplay experience, only on the PS3 system. Additionally, the Blu-ray Disc compilation will bring the PlayStation Network (PSN) trophy support to the franchise for the very first time.
This is your chance to experience God of War is its true form before the chaos of God of War III hits store shelves come March 2010.
Here's the full Press Release:
SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA ANNOUNCES GOD OF WARÂ® COLLECTION, A NEW COMPILATION OFFERING FOR PLAYSTATIONÂ®3
Exclusive God of WarÂ® and God of WarÂ® II Blu-ray Disc Compilation Available This Holiday Season
FOSTER CITY, Calif., September 1, 2009 - Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced today a new and exclusive PlayStationÂ®3 (PS3™) offering for the critically acclaimed God of WarÂ® franchise, God of WarÂ® Collection. Scheduled for release this holiday season, God of War Collection will feature reworked versions of both God of WarÂ® and God of WarÂ® II on a single Blu-ray Disc™ at full 1280 x 720 resolution.
Both critically acclaimed games, which were originally developed for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, have been remastered with anti-aliased graphics running at 60 frames per second for a smooth gameplay experience on the PS3 system.
Additionally, the Blu-ray Disc compilation will bring PlayStationÂ®Network (PSN) trophy support to the franchise for the first time (included for both games). God of War Collection offers substantial value to PS3 consumers, the compilation of both best-selling games costing just $39.99 MSRP.
Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment, Santa Monica Studio, the God of War series brings epic mythological battles to life with stunning graphics and an elaborate plot that puts Kratos, the triology's main character, at the center of carnage and destruction as he seeks revenge against the Gods who have betrayed him. God of WarÂ® III is scheduled for release exclusively on the PS3 in March 2010.
"We are excited today to announce God of War Collection," said Scott Rohde, vice president, Worldwide Studios America. "Our fans spoke and we listened; thanks to our partnership with Bluepoint Games, fans and newcomers to the series can experience the epic God of War and God of War II saga in stunning 720p on PS3. This Blu-ray Disc compilation brings Kratos to PS3 even earlier than expected."
SCEA - God of WarÂ®Collection Announced for PS3
God of War Storyline
Set in the dark world of ancient Greek mythology, players take on the role of Kratos, a Spartan warrior. Plagued by the nightmares of his past, the ash covered warrior would do anything to be free of his debt to the Gods and the memories that haunt him.
For ten years he has labored for Olympus, now on the verge of losing all hope, the Gods have given him one last task. Destroy Ares, the God of War. Armed with the deadly chained Blades of Chaos, Kratos will have to overcome armies of mythological monsters, legions of undead soldiers, and amazingly dangerous and brutal landscapes.
God of War II Storyline
God of War saw Kratos, a mortal warrior, set upon an epic quest to dethrone a God. But his journey did not end there. In God of War II, Kratos sits atop his Olympus throne, as the new God of War - far more ruthless than Ares ever was. To end his continued torment, Kratos must journey to the far reaches of the earth and defeat untold horrors and alter that which no mortal, or god has ever changed... his fate. God of War II sets an epic stage for a devastating mythological war to end all wars.
Acclaim for the God of War Franchise
God of War releases have set the bar for the action-adventure genre and been acknowledged by some of the videogame industry's key publications, which include PlayStation: The Official Magazine (Editor's Choice Award), Game Informer (Action/Adventure Game of the Year and Handheld Game of the Month Award), GamePro (Editor's Choice Award), Electronic Gaming Monthly (Best PS2 Game), IGN.com (Editor's Choice Award and Game of the Year Award), and four nominations in the Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, including Overall Game of the Year and Console Game of the Year.
The franchise has also been awarded with several honors including several E3 Best of Game Awards (given by several online publications), numerous Game of the Year and Best Action Game Awards (given at Spike TV's Video Game Awards, Golden Joystick Awards, PSX Extreme Awards and the 3rd Annual G-Phoria Awards, and by PAX, GameZone, GameDaily, GameSpot), to name just a few.
SCEA - God of WarÂ®Collection Announced for PS3
About Bluepoint Games, Inc.
Bluepoint Games, Inc. is a highly experienced team of seasoned gaming industry veterans whose work includes six titles that have sold over a million copies each. Bluepoint Games' first title, Blast Factor™ (2006), made exclusively for the PlayStationÂ®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system, was one of the first titles available at the launch of the PlayStationÂ®Store.
Located in Austin, Texas, they continue their mission to produce high quality video games with a lasting appeal that are fun to play.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStationÂ® and PS oneÂ® game console, the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, the PSPÂ® (PlayStationÂ®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PlayStationÂ®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its online and network services PlayStationÂ®Network and PlayStationÂ®Store.
Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, PlayStation 3 and the PSP system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
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Im a bit gutted to be honest, Once again europe gets screwed over! Sadly this has been confirmed to not be getting an EU launch this year. These are 2 cracking games that everyone should buy, The sweetener for me is trophy support and I reckon they are gonna be damn tough!