Sony just announced God of War III Remastered for PS4. Releasing on July 14, 2015 at $40, it will improve upon from PS3’s 720p to 1080p and include a photo mode.
Leave it to Sony to maximize milk jobs.
Is there another recent franchise that has been redone so many times in such a short time? Take a look at the list of games, which I believe all are initially priced at $40:
Nov 19, 2009. PS3. God of War Collection. Includes the original PS2 game and the sequel
Sep 13, 2011. PS3. God of War: Origins Collection. Includes PSP games Chains of Olympus and Ghosts of Sparta
Aug 12, 2012. PS3. God of War Saga. Includes God of War III and all of the above
May 6, 2014. Vita. God of War Collection. A port of PS3’s God of War Collection
Jul 14, 2015. PS4. God of War III Remastered. Just one game
So there are three PS3 compilations in less than three years, a Vita game based on the PS3 version, and a PS4 game which is just one title. So add it all up and that’s five games in less than six years.
And that’s not even including God of War III (2010) and God of War: Ascension (2013) standalone sequels. Add these to the mix and the series is basically an annual release at seven games in just under six years. The only other single player focused annualized franchise I can think of is Assassin’s Creed. Love them or hate them, but at least UBI releases sequels and not milking endless AC collections.
Checking NeoGAF’s two threads about God of War III Remastered, lots of gamers aren’t happy. The price, the tiny improvements, comparing against other remastered games. Thread 1. Thread 2.
It’s interesting companies call their games “Remasters” or “Remakes”. I understand remakes are suppose to be a bit different as the developer changes things up a lot as opposed to minor graphical tweaks, but gimme a break. You know what I mean.
Alternative terms companies some reason don’t use, but also suitably start with the letter R:
Any I miss?
Sony released a statement about their views on remasters (source): Dualshockers
[No plans for others in the franchise to bring over.]
[We hear you and that’s OK, remasters often help us open the door to new players who perhaps did not play God of War 3 5yrs ago, but who we can bring it to on the PlayStation 4. People often forget, the more players we can bring into a franchise, the better for everyone. At Santa Monica Studio, we’d like as many PlayStation fans to experience our games as possible, form generation to generation.]
Just give it a year and there will surely be more re-stamped God of War games. And then re-bundled into various configurations. But full credit to Sony for maximizing revenue.
As for introducing gamers to the series that doesn’t make sense as they picked a game midway through the franchise. It would make sense to start from God of War I. But I guess since it’s easier for Sony to re-port PS3’s God of War III game than using oldies from PS2, the quickest money maker is a re-tooled game from last gen.
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