Award-Winning Franchise Returns With God of War® II For PlayStation®2
More than One Million Retail Orders for the Release of God of War II on March 13, 2007
FOSTER CITY, Calif.
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced today the release of God of War® II, the highly anticipated sequel to the multi-award winning God of War®, available exclusively for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Available at $49.99, God of War II contains an extra bonus DVD with over two hours of behind-the-scenes content created for fans of the franchise. Additionally, SCEA officially announced that an original God of War game will be released in the future, exclusively for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system.
In God of War II, developed by SCEA's Santa Monica Studios, players rejoin Kratos and continue his epic adventure through the dark, violent world of Greek mythology as he journeys to the far reaches of the earth, defeating untold horrors. Armed with a new set of combat moves and magic, in addition to some of the weapons and skills from the original God of War, players will lead Kratos in battle against Colossus, Cyclops, Cerberus, the Flying Gryphon and many more great beasts of Greek mythology.
Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, God of War II promises high quality gameplay and is the must-have title for 2007. With fan anticipation and a 96% rating on GameRankings, supported with the following high review scores from leading gaming media outlets: IGN -- 9.7, GameSpy -- 5/5, 1up -- 9.5/10, Gamezone -- 9.5/10, GameInformer -- 9.75/10, and GamePro -- 5/5, God of War II spurred more than one million retail orders prior to launch.
"God of War II demonstrates our continued commitment to provide compelling content for the PlayStation 2 and sets the stage for the God of War franchise to become a staple across the PlayStation family of products," said Jeff Reese, director, software marketing, SCEA. "There is so much more of the God of War story left to tell and we are excited to bring the franchise to PSP -- fans may even see their esteemed God of War in full 1080p HD in the not-too-distant future."
About God of War II
God of War II brings players back to the violent world of Greek mythology where they last left the vicious ex-Spartan warrior Kratos atop his godly throne as the new God of War. In God of War II, 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. Armed with the deadly blades and blistering rage, players will be aided by new breath-taking magic and new brutal combat moves. The journey will take them through vividly striking environments where they will be faced with a labyrinth of challenging puzzles and mini-games intricately woven into the story. The violence will come to life in gory detail as Kratos encounters new mythical characters, and competes in epic boss battles in his quest.
About God of War II Soundtrack
Available at retail outlets, Sony Connect and on iTunes for $9.99, the soundtrack features an eclectic mix of orchestral, electronica and hard rock music, which is accented in the game by sound effects recorded at Foley Studios on the Warner Brothers Studios lot. The God of War II soundtrack features Shadows Fall, Junkie XL, and MySpace contest winner TraGic, aka George Doman, along with orchestral pieces by the London Sessions Brass Players and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra String Players and Choir. The in-game sound effects were recorded at the Foley Stage on the Warner Brothers Studios lot.
About God of War for PSP system
The award winning franchise will continue the story of Kratos with an original game developed exclusively for PSP system. More information will be available soon.
About God of War II Marketing Campaign
To celebrate the launch of God of War II, SCEA has created an integrated marketing campaign incorporating an advertising program with a major television push, full online, out of home, in-store and print support. The campaign features epic and atmospheric creative's centering on the impossible task that faces Kratos in bringing his own vicious style of revenge upon Greek mythological gods.
The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated God of War II an M for "Mature 17+." For more information about the ESRB visit http://www.esrb.org/.
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