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Official God of War merchandise is now available on the PlayStation Gear Store at 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.

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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!

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.

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.

Do you get fries with that? John Hight, director of product development for Sony's Santa Monica Studio, let slip in an interview with Giant Bomb that the highly anticipated God of War 3 cost $44 million dollars to produce.

Hight noted that the greatest expenditures involved growing studio's graphics and art teams. He also revealed that the final size of the God of War 3 team, 132 people, was fully double the size of the God of War 2 team.

Predicting sales figures is always a tricky business, but God Of War 3 does seem poised to move quite a few copies. Despite a substantial marketing budget in addition to the game's development cost, God of War 3 is practically a bargain when compared to, say, Too Human.

Game budgets are rarely made public. Personally, I think it's a nice bit of transparency to get the God of War 3 figure out there. After all, we are made excruciatingly aware of the cost of most films. But what about you? Does knowing God Of War 3's price tag change your attitude about the game? Will you be picking up a copy?

Few other PS3 exclusive games were as hyped during that console's lifetime as God of War 3. The epic conclusion to the original trilogy ended on a bang and bittersweet ending, with Kratos ultimately sacrificing his own life to free humanity from the reign of the gods. Of course, Kratos did eventually return in 2018 with God of War and will once again grace a PlayStation platform with next year's God of War: Ragnarok. The upcoming sequel is primed to be one of the biggest games available next year and sure to be a must-have title on both the PS4 and PS5.

Santa Monica Studio is hard at work polishing the game leading up to its launch. Not only has the gameplay likely been refined and the graphics improved, but there are numerous plot threads from the 2018 title that still need to be tied up in God of War: Ragnarok. However, while continuing the story of Kratos and Atreus is likely the priority, there are details that can be touched on from the aforementioned God of War 3. Specifically, God of War never alluded to how Kratos survived what seemed to be a permanent death at the conclusion of God of War 3, something which Ragnarok could hopefully shed some light upon.

The main plot of God of War 3 picks up exactly where the second game left off, with Kratos declaring war on all of Olympus as he leads a full-on assault with the Titans against the Gods. A good number of events and battles happen in between, but the game concludes with a final confrontation between Kratos and Zeus, with Kratos emerging victorious. Athena demands that Kratos return the power he gained from Pandora's Box, but he instead chooses to kill himself and release this energy to mankind. He collapses onto the ground and is left for dead by Athena.

At the time, God of War 3 was marketed as the conclusion of the series and with Kratos left in a bloody mess in the final shot, it seemed like this was indeed the case. However, for players patient enough to stick around after the credits, it was revealed that Kratos is no longer where he fell, with a trail of blood leading over the cliffside, implying he survived and escaped. The ground he was lying upon also featured an image of the Phoenix, a mythical creature that is the symbol of resurrection. While symbolically this is a clever hint to show the character will return, the exact specifics have never been discussed, as the next chronological game, 2018's God of War, begins its own new story instead.

With the reign of the Greek gods ended and most of its lethal monsters disposed of, Kratos returned in 2018 to new mythology entirely. Shifting from Greek to Norse legends, Kratos appeared to have survived the fatal blow he struck to himself and traveled to a new land in an attempt to restart his life. It of course doesn't take long for Kratos to butt heads with the gods of this world as well, as any player who experienced the 2018 adventure is well aware of.

However, as fascinating as this new world and storyline are, there is a clear disconnect between what happened at the end of God of War 3 and the beginning of 2018s' God of War. It is possible that Cory Barlog and the rest of the creative team intentionally chose to ignore past events so that they could focus on a new plot and not be weighed down by prior narrative beats. In all fairness, this worked very well, as God of War tells a gripping and hugely emotional tale that works regardless of whether gamers played the prior titles. That being said, the protagonist escaping what seemed like certain death is completely glossed over, and some answers would be welcome as to what exactly happened.

Going into God of War: Ragnarok, there are already a ton of plot threads being juggled for one game to balance neatly. Atreus' revelation to be Loki, Kratos and his continued conflict against Freya, as well as the introduction of Thor result in a packed sequel. It may seem counterproductive for Santa Monica to touch upon things that happened in the past in a story that is moving forward, but there are ways in which Kratos' death at the end of God of War 3 can be brought back in a meaningful way.

It is made clear in God of War that Kratos has already developed a reputation in the Norse world, and isn't exactly liked by the gods of that realm. He is an outsider, an intruder, someone clearly belonging somewhere else that should not be there. Perhaps Kratos struck some kind of deal or summoned the use of forbidden magic to break barriers and enter this new world.

To add to this, it has been hinted at by the developers that God of War: Ragnarok's ending will be surprising, yet inevitable. This could of course be interpreted in many ways, but one obvious conclusion to jump to is that Kratos will be killed, and possibly for good this time, handing the series over to Atreus as the new protagonist. If this is the case, then God of War: Ragnarok may want to revisit the last time Kratos died both narratively and thematically, finally providing some details on what happened that fateful day.

An avid gamer from a young age, Shane's first experience with interactive entertainment was with the N64 back in 1998. After picking up one of those absurdly shaped controllers, and taking control of Link in the timeless adventure Ocarina of Time, a lifelong journey in the world of gaming began. Favorite franchises over the years consist of Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted and Resident Evil. Aside from video games, Shane is also a huge film buff and comic book fan. A writer, illustrator and graphic designer, his comic strips can be seen on his "shaneOtoons" Instagram page.

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It's one of the most thrilling openings in all of video games. As warrior-turned-deity-killer Kratos, you climb the Titan Gaia, who functions as a colossal, moving level upon which you battle Poseidon, the god of the sea. Gaia herself is one of Kratos' few remaining allies; her cries of pain pierce the air as you swing your chained blades, launching ghoulish soldiers into the air and slicing away at Poseidon and his many-legged steed. It is all sound and fury, almost unparalleled in its sense of scale and its translation of a protagonist's anger into bloody, brutal interactions. When Kratos strikes his final blow, you see it not from his perspective, but from his victim's point of view, in the first person. It's a striking and vicious design choice that sets the tone for the game to follow. You are no longer conquering the Greek gods as an enraged antihero, but as a full-on villain. 041b061a72

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