For the longest time now, God of War‘s release date has hung below a vague “early 2018” banner, but today Sony and Cory Barlog of Santa Monica Studios confirmed the game’s April 20th launch date, along with details on its various pre-order bonuses and special editions.
In his PlayStation Blog post, Barlog said:
“People of PlayStation the world over, God of War is launching April 20, 2018.
I would love to write a long blog post here but, apparently, I have a game to get done by 4/20 so I gotta get back to work as soon as possible.
First, let me say that this is my favorite release day of my entire career. If I live to be 100, I do not think I will be able to top this release day.
There has been a long journey just to reach this point, so it’s a little bittersweet to think that we are only a few months away from that journey finally coming to an end. While I am sad, I am also excited because it means everyone will get their hands on this crazy adventure we have been crafting for nearly five years!”
In fact, Redditor /u/poklane pointed out that Barlog actually hinted at the 4/20 release date just a few days prior, during a brief exchange with a fan on Twitter:
what's the Superbowl? Is that a weed reference? 😉
— Cory Barlog (@corybarlog) January 20, 2018
But for our money, the best God of War-related thing shared this week is the accompanying story trailer, which hammers home the narrative focus that Santa Monica Studios has emphasized over the past couple years, but has only been glimpsed at in previous trailers. For the first time ever in a God of War game, we’re legitimately hooked on where Kratos’s journey will take him, and not just looking forward to the next big bad boss to kill.
The trailer may even suggest that Kratos isn’t already in the midst of Norse lands and myth when the game starts, but rather travels there early on with Atreus. That small detail is already enough to throw our own comfortable projections out of whack and reset our expectations.
Launching on April 20th puts God of War on the same release date as Nintendo Labo, which shouldn’t provide any issue of competition since the demographics couldn’t be further apart. We were anticipating a potential March release based on a few unsubstantiated rumors, but thankfully for our wallets that turned out not to be the case; March is already a crowded month with Devil May Cry HD, Sea of Thieves, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, A Way Out, Detective Pikachu, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom and Far Cry 5 all on the way. With April relatively open, we should be able to give God of War our undivided attention (and bloodlust).
Pick up your copy of God of War when it comes to the PlayStation 4 on April 20th.
Images: Sony, Santa Monica Studios
Source: PlayStation Blog