God of War will be chopping its way to store shelves on April 20th, and the announcement was made on the PlayStation Blog by Sony Santa Monica’s Cory Barlog. Calling the upcoming God of War the “favorite release day of my entire career”, he lets everyone know how excited he is for gamers to finally put their hands on the game after five years of development.
Along with the heartfelt thoughts about his game, he also detailed the pre-order bonuses for physical and digital versions of the game. If you pre-order any version of the game, you will receive three digital skins for a shield. The Luck of Ages talisman is the prize for pre-ordering from Gamestop or EB Games. It will help you gain more XP, gain more Hacksilver, and “increase the ability to trigger perks”.
The Collector’s Edition ($129.99 US) is filled with physical and digital goodies. Along with a steelbook case for the game, you will receive a lithograph, a cloth map, digital comics, dynamic theme, an armor set, and a shield. However, the true reason to pick up this edition is the 9 inch (22.86 cm) statue of Kratos and Atreus engaged in father and son bonding time by killing monsters. The Stone Mason Edition ($149.99 US) adds a physical ring, Mimir’s head talking key chain, Atreus’ carved horse and troll, and Defender of the Chosen Shield digital content.
Digital pre-orders will receive the digital versions of the art book and comic and have access to developer commentaries. You will also receive a physical pin if you live in the US or Canada. The pin is not included with the physical editions, only the digital edition. It seems strange to include an exclusive physical item in the digital pre-order, but maybe this is your incentive to go digital.
Finally, there is a new trailer to build your excitement, and it may be the most compelling trailer we have seen for God of War. In a little over three minutes, they show more of the story and give you a slight peek into what you can expect from the relationship between Kratos and Atreus. It made Cory Barlog pre-order his own game, so it must be good.
God of War is a franchise so entwined with PlayStation’s past that any new release is a major event. With the shift to Norse mythology and the addition of his son, Kratos seems to be taking on a new tone. We hope this new God of War is great, and we’ll be sure to let you know when it releases on April 20th.