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God of War: Ghost of Sparta Heading Your Way

I’m pleased to confirm that God of War: Ghost of Sparta will be available this week.

Mainland Europe from 3 November.

Australia and New Zealand from 4 November.

UK and Ireland from 5 November.

RRP of UMD €29.99 / £24.99.

RRP of digital version €26.99 / £16.99 and will be available in this weeks PlayStation Store update.

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For those that have missed the blog posts and announcements, please find a quick recap of what’s been happening in the world of Kratos!

So, the guys that made the multiple award winning and highly acclaimed God of War: Chains of Olympus, Ready At Dawn Studios, have been working their magic on God of War: Ghost of Sparta over the last few years to deliver yet another epic to the PSP.

Storyline

This new journey picks up after God of War concludes, telling the story of Kratos’ ascension to power as the God of War. In his quest to rid the nightmares that haunt him, Kratos must face his dark past to prove his worthiness to the Gods — a journey that will reveal the origins of lost worlds, and finally answer long-awaited questions about Kratos’ tattoo, scar and family. Armed with the deadly chained Blades of Athena, he will once again have to overcome armies of mythological monsters, legions of undead soldiers, and amazingly dangerous and brutal landscapes throughout his merciless quest.

Bonus Items

Remember: everyone that buys a full copy of God of War: Ghost of Sparta* will receive a code to download a playable ‘Deimos’ character skin for God of War III.

Here are a few words on the skin from Dana Jan, Game Director of God of War: Ghost of Sparta:

During the production of Ghost of Sparta, we discussed the idea of making Deimos an unlockable costume to be used in God of War III on the PS3. We wanted to give players who had both games (and systems) some content that crossed platforms. We provided the team at Sony Santa Monica Studio our assets used on the PSP, and we are really pleased with how Deimos looks in God of War III. I’m particularly happy with the way his glowing ‘mark’ looks on his body. I’m looking forward to playing through the game again and seeing Deimos tear through some of my favorite moments.

DeimosPS3 DeimosPS3_2

For those that preordered God of War: Ghost of Sparta with their local retailers/etailers there were various goodies on offer at participating retailers.

Digital downloaders don’t despair though: I’m really pleased to confirm that anyone who downloads the full digital version of the game will be entitled to all the items below – make sure you get in quick though as the offer is only for ONE WEEK!*

1. Kratos PSN Avatar

This Kratos PSN Avatar was created by none other than Cecil Kim – Visual Development Lead for the God of War franchise. The same Kratos artwork is featured on the home page of Cecil’s site.

Kratos Avatar

2. God of War: Ghost of Sparta Original Soundtrack

I’m Joel Yarger, Music Supervisor on God of War: Ghost of Sparta, and I bring the sound of music to the PlayStation.Blog today. As you probably already know, God of War: Ghost of Sparta is the second God of War game from Ready At Dawn Studios and I think it outdoes their previous effort, Chains of Olympus, in pretty much every way! I’ve personally been involved with the music for the God of War franchise since God of War II and it’s always fun to see where we can go with it.

The original music for Ghost of Sparta was written by Gerard Marino and Mike Reagan, both of whom have worked on the previous God of War games. They really had the hard jobs of creating something new yet keeping it all within the God of War musical universe. That’s no small task as there are four other games worth of music written, so kudos to Gerard and Mike for nailing it! Dana Jan, the game director for Ghost of Sparta, really wanted the new music to contribute to the game’s identity: You know you’re playing a God of War game, but it still feels fresh. Some quick factoids: There were roughly 13 minutes of new music composed for Chains of Olympus (all Gerard writing) and then we re-worked music from the other titles. Ghost of Sparta features roughly 37 minutes of new music and uses significantly less cues from the previous games.

God Of War: Ghost Of Sparta

There were many new elements in this game to draw inspiration from, everything from the new story and main characters to the new environments and cities. We had plenty of concept art, good screenshots, some gameplay videos, and of course both the script and game director (Dana) to help us along the way. Here are four samples from the game that I think help showcase some of the inspired work both Mike and Gerard contributed.

[audio:http://blog.us.playstation.com/files/2010/09/Atlantis-Blog-Edit.mp3] [audio:http://blog.us.playstation.com/files/2010/09/Gerard-Emo-1.mp3] [audio:http://blog.us.playstation.com/files/2010/09/Gerard-Emo-2.mp3] [audio:http://blog.us.playstation.com/files/2010/09/The-Caldera-Blog-Edit.mp3]

Atlantis and The Caldera are both pieces written by Mike Reagan. Mike did some really interesting things given our tight budget on the project. Since we weren’t able to record most of the music with live musicians, Mike took it upon himself to record some of his own live elements. He bought a double bass, a cello, a didgeridoo, and even modified a hammer dulcimer to have a curved bridge so you can reach individual strings with a bow. The sounds he achieved were just awesome and worked very well for establishing that “fresh feeling”, but sounded much older, even ancient. The hammer dulcimer especially lends itself to Atlantis, an ancient, mysterious city that has hints of splendor and regality. In The Caldera you can hear the cello and bass as they carry both the melody and rhythm that are very much inspired by the ebb and flow of lava.

For Gerard’s contribution we should mention the story for a second (don’t worry, it’s all vague and spoiler free!). The story in Ghost of Sparta has some very strong emotional moments and we felt that the music needed to pay appropriate attention to them. Kratos goes through what amounts to an emotional roller coaster and that was yet another opportunity to introduce something musically new for this title. We leaned heavily on Gerard to turn on the emotion for the 2 pieces highlighted here. Both cues are based on the same theme but they each showcase very different emotions, and different character’s perspectives, which was essential for this score in order to have a good balance. One more factoid: If you listen even more closely you can hear that these themes are based on non-other-than the original God of War melody – one part of it, anyway. Because much of the actual story in the game is for you to discover when you play it, I won’t say any more than I already have.

3. Ghost of Sparta Static PSP Theme

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4. Legionnaire Kratos

Here’s a little sneak peek at the Legionnaire Skin:

GOW_Legionnaire_kratos_ejc

5. God of War: Ghost of Sparta – Palace of Hades Dynamic Theme

Using the Palace of Hades from God of War III as the main inspiration, this exclusive PS3 Dynamic Theme captures the grand vista moment of Kratos as he is betrayed by Gaia at the top of Mount Olympus and ripped of his godly powers. It is at this moment where he obtains the Blades of Exile from Athena and seeks out to destroy all of Olympus and the mighty Zeus himself.

With full active movements of multi-layered clouds and lightning, flowing lava, and fogs!

PS3_Dynamic Theme

Cool God of War: Ghost of Sparta Stuff

Facebook App

For those who always fancied themselves as the ultimate Spartan warrior check out the Kratos Facebook App : ) remember for those that enter the gallery competition you have the chance to win a PSP 3000 and copy of the game, so make sure you go and Kratos yourself!

Media and Review Kit
Just wanted to share with you the media kit we’ve distributed to a limited number of journalists across PAL Territories. It consists of:

  • ‘Omega’ Hessian Sack
  • Digital version of God of War: Ghost of Sparta
  • Illustrated brochure
  • Kratos wooden coaster
  • DVD with screenshots, artwork, concept visuals etc
  • Mini poster
  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta t-shirt

Here is a visual of the actual media kit itself.

GOW_media-kit

For the fans out there, I’m pleased to be giving away some kits through a competition on eu.playstation.com/PSN/competitions*, so make sure you enter to grab yourself a slice of the action!

That’s all from me guys; hope you enjoy the game!

*T’s and C’s apply, please check eu.playstation.com/legal

83 Comments
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Wow, SCEE pricing is a joke! SCEE = SCEUK, set up a new office outside UK for the rest of Europe, since the current office only focus on UK! :D

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£16.99 for digital, now that’s what I call value.

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Digital version = purchased! Sorry to you EU mainland folk. :(

good price for the digital version of the game, why does the journalists get the better stuff and your paying customers dont?

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Hi xchris2008x , you still have a chance of winning the kit (5 up for grabs) just make sure you enter the competition. eu.playstation.com/PSN/competitions

nemesisND1derboy 03 November, 2010 @ 16:19
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Gotta say the Euro conversion is shocking! But I want that t-shirt, where can I give you money for one? Thats right, I will pay you monies for a t-shirt!

really bought back my psp just for this game love god of war :D

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:)

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I’d buy this straight away if it was by the actual Santa Monica devs but oh well, will buy it eventually.

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If it helps AaronSOLDIER you can try out the demo as it’s on PSN store.

Could someone tell me who those participating retailers/etailers are because so far I haven’t found any and I’ve been looking for that since last week?

When will the stoer update?

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Should be updated now with God of War: Ghost of Sparta

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Really? You couldnt tell us which retailers were offering the stuff? I looked at gameplay, game, gameseek, shopto and a few others. Not one of them had listed any bonuses. I just preordered the game at shopto. But still, this is bad marketing. We actually have to search like mad, and most of us found nothing, zip, nada, niet. Sucks:(

James Gallagher 03 November, 2010 @ 16:49
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It’s a massive piece of work to compile a list like that when we’re dealing with so many countries. But I will say that if you download the game from PlayStation Store in the next week then you get everything.

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So it’s out digitally today?

If so then you turned the tables for the better ;)

I have to agree with JediEagleSLO on this. Since I heard of the bonuses I was looking everyday at amazon and other etailers (in Germany and in the UK) if I could preorder it somewhere with the bonuses but nothing. I asked on the German blog – no answer. I asked on the US blog – answer: Keep your glued on the UK blog. UK blog said to check with our local retailers/etailers. So nothing specific here again. I mean, why are there official blogs when such questions aren’t answered. Most people just wanted to know if the EU gets the bonuses and if yes, where. It’s not like we were asking when the PS4 comes out or something like that. Reminds me of the God of War 3 Ultimate Edition and the documentary which we also didn’t get. Two days ago the waiting for an official answer got so on my nerves that I just pre-ordered the Ghost of Sparta Entertainment Pack with all the bonuses from the US and today I got the confirmation that it’s been sent out. Next time Sony please tell us right from the ...

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I have to agree with JediEagleSLO on this. Since I heard of the bonuses I was looking everyday at amazon and other etailers (in Germany and in the UK) if I could preorder it somewhere with the bonuses but nothing. I asked on the German blog – no answer. I asked on the US blog – answer: Keep your glued on the UK blog. UK blog said to check with our local retailers/etailers. So nothing specific here again. I mean, why are there official blogs when such questions aren’t answered. Most people just wanted to know if the EU gets the bonuses and if yes, where. It’s not like we were asking when the PS4 comes out or something like that. Reminds me of the God of War 3 Ultimate Edition and the documentary which we also didn’t get. Two days ago the waiting for an official answer got so on my nerves that I just pre-ordered the Ghost of Sparta Entertainment Pack with all the bonuses from the US and today I got the confirmation that it’s been sent out. Next time Sony please tell us right from the beginning if Europe is getting bonuses or not, in the end it’s OUR money that you want and get.

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Thank you for the answer, but I already bought the game on shopto and I can only hope that I get something (what I really want is the soundtrack, but I guess it’s not meant to be)

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hello.i just bought the digital package and everything is fine except the psp theme.i am not able to download it via psp.im getting error.

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Should be working now undergroundgr

When will we get code for “Deimos” skin? I bought a game and I don’t have this skin on ‘Download List’ :/

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Thanks for flagging this iTemplario, will check with our PSN team to see what the issue is.

Agreed, the pre-order bonus issue could have been handled much better. Should we really have to rely on comments below the actual blog posts for the info we require?
I had to contact all the major UK retainers by email last week, only to be told that no-one has any knowledge of the promotion. I even have an ongoing investigation with SCEE about it, LOL.
Please, a little more transparency in future.

Good job on the UK pricing, its a bargain

@14 Getting an error on the PSP theme as well. 80029567

I would appreciate you answer me about this…

In the PS+ update of October Shatter Soundtrack wasn’t released in Portugal.

I hope to see it today, right??

Yes guys i have same problem, i downloading now the game, the legionnaire costume, but i cant downloading the theme, i use the media go :(

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@18 yes thats exactly the error im getting

You did an unexpectedly awesome job with this digital release, Sony. Out early, at a GREAT price, with *almost* all the US digital content in tow. No “GoW Directors Live” video though? Will the UK be able to get that soon or is it US-only?

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anyone outside greece or ireland can confirm that the psp theme download is working?

I just checked out and also PSP Theme doesn’t work, “The install failed. (80109B87).”

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poland joined our party :P so it looks like a general psn error.any official response sony?

The theme Its not working: error occurred 8002956 :(

Hi undergroundgr :D the ps3 theme and avatar its ok?

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Answer me this, will these pre-order goodies be available on the store to buy anytime? There was no news about the digital version having the pre-order goodies until today, I’m really gutted about this because I pre-ordered the UMD version (which to my knowledge doesn’t have the dlc) which has already been shipped.

Being a HUGE God Of War fan, I would’ve loved these pre-order goodies…:(

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@26 nai everything else is ok.check out the avatar
<— :P

ok thx @28, send me invite in ps3 and i add you in one month, because now i don’t have it :P :P:P

And the theme is still not working:(…….

Shou_Kobayashi 03 November, 2010 @ 17:52
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So why exactly do you charge more in Germany for Ghost of Sparta?

I checked out again, and theme is working now! But it’s not awesome, only main icons are changed, others are from original theme :/

However, I still don’t have “Deimos” skin for GoW III :(

agentsmith2000 03 November, 2010 @ 17:55
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Strange I want to download the items for Ghost of Sparta the Deimos character skin was not in the download list :/

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psp theme works now.thanks.
btw great package.awesome value for money.

Will the directors live documentary also be availible for us in Europe?

Didn’t recieve the Deimos download skin….

Luckily I cancelled my UMD pre-order last weekend, I had a feeling something like this would happen. Why any company would announce pre-order bonuses on the day the title is actually released is really quite baffling. However, we’re all well aware of SCEE’s strange ideas regarding marketing & promotions unfortunately.

PLEASE!! tell me GAME is one of the retailers im a massive God of War fan and I want that theme plus GIVE ME THAT SHIRT!!! O_O

As far as I can see NONE of the big UK retailers have the pre-order bonus – HMV, Play.com, Amazon.co.uk, GAME, Gamestation, Zavvi. Will try and think of others, but SCEE really needs to buck up it’s ideas if they can’t even help UMD buying folk out with an idea of where to shop to get pre-order bonuses.
What should happen next is that SCEE should offer the same deal to UMD buyers as they are doing to Digital buyers. It’s the only right thing to do for such a mess.

…more thoughts.
I don’t think you can get the pre-order bonuses in the UK on a UMD purchase. I have a feeling this is a move to get us all to buy the digital version, which will deepen the stores’ lack of support for PSP, so this is totally a meh situation.

Prove me wrong SCEE – show us where you can get the UMD pre-order version in the UK.

Really want the directors documentary

Got an error trying to transfer the download in MediaGo.
Had to download via WiFi through PS Store on my PSP

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Great to see a game on psn beating the UMD prices, the Deimos skin for GOW3 was not on my download list, how do i get the code for it.

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Thanks our PSN team are investigating and will let you know as soon as.

getting an error when I try to submit my answers >_<

@40 I has same problem, close the media go and open it again, its works ;)

Great packet and good price for oll this staff ;)

The future off potable gaming is the digital download guys :P:P:P:P
PSP GO FTW!!! :P:P:P:P

@43 Thanks for the info

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great, forgot to pre order…

guess there’s no rush to get this then…never really did like the first two and the psp GOW’s as much as the third..

Hi, I bought GOS from the PSN yesterday but can’t find the download code or link to the GOW3 Deimos skin?
Please let us know what the situation is with this?
Thanks.

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Gotta love being a God of War fan in the UK. We get nowt compared to the US.

Where is the dev documentary?

Do you guys know if Europe and the UK will be getting the God Of War Special Edition PSP that North America has? the one with red buttons and ghost of Sparta bundled in.

Hi! ALL!
I bought a game and I don’t have “Deimos” skin!
Where code for “Deimos” skin?

I thought you dont get the Deimos skin if digitally download the game? The UMD version comes with the code because my local gamestore has confirmed it. Someone please clarify?

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