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Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Post Long Overdue

This post is long overdue. I’m impressed and flattered that you guys have made over 300 comments in the previous post! Thanks for continuing to check back here often and post your comments and feelings about GOW3.

Let me go ahead and make one thing clear: we have not forgotten about the GOW fans. The last few months the entire team has been putting many late hours working very hard in polishing the game to make it the best possible. The reason why we do this is because we are passionate about making a great game for all you guys out there that are patiently waiting for GOW3.

Second, GOW3 is not delayed and will not be delayed. You guys (in North America at least, I can't comment on when the other regions will get the game yet, but I will comment on it in the future) will be playing GOW3 this March. Every console version of GOW has been released on March and we are not about to break that tradition.

As far as releasing media is concerned I understand your frustration. I myself am a game fan and I really like to see new media of upcoming games, but at the same time I don't like too many spoilers. We, the GOW team, are extremely picky about what we show, when, and how we show it. It is not a lack of confidence on our part as some of you may think; it is more about showing something that we can be proud of. Please be patient new media will be released before comes out. In addition, the amount of media we have shown is very similar to the GOW 2 schedule as one of the comments in the previous post. I understand that next year we will have lots of competition with games like Bayonetta, Darksiders, Dante's Inferno, and Castlevania but we all we can do is worry about making our game good and making it a fitting end to the trilogy. Some of you have mentioned that you want to see allot more details about the story, weapons, bosses etc... I personally like to not know too much about upcoming games until I play them. Do you guys really want to have the game spoiled months ahead? As you well know, GOW 3 has been nominated as the most anticipated game of 2010 at the Spike 2009 VGA show. I ask you guys to please vote for the game and send a loud message to or marketing department if you really want to see more stuff. I want to make it clear to you guys that as far as I know we are not going to be showing anything new at that show however. Let me make it clear that my word is not official and things can change at any moment but I don't want you guys to get your hopes up too much.

I will leave you guys with the fact that currently that game is fully playable form beginning to end and we have had various playtests already with people form the outside. We have already gotten tons of feedback. Every boss battle and every enemy is in the game. We are just focusing on polishing and making adjustments and changes to places that are needed in the game. I want to assure you guys that the game is on track and we cannot wait to get it in your hands next March.

88 comments:

Jack said...

AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!

Love the way that last part makes me feel! Beautiful!

Oh, and about the trailer junkies and screenshot whores: You tell em! Personally I hope you don't release any more information until the game itself is in my hands! I can't help spoiling it if the info is out there, so keep it locked up tight! Then when I play the whole thing, BAM! BLOODY GOREGASM!

Rock on Santa Monica! Rock on!

Jack

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, Bruno, I hope many people will appreciate it.

Even though I want to see and hear more, I also would love to be surprised (for once) by not knowing much about the game until I am playing it. I'm glad the GOW team feels the same way. Too many developers have lost the sense of pride in having people experience their creation completely fresh. Many games probably can't afford to keep such a low profile, I understand, but if anyone can do it, you guys can. I'm definitely happier not seeing or hearing about all the bosses and locations ahead of time.

One thing I would like vaguely spoiled is how many new moves are being added to the combat system. Obviously I don't expect to hear an exact number, but the demo shows many hints of expanded moves (like hitting square multiple times during L1+square or holding L1+triangle to charge it up) and I hope that many other new additions are made.

If GOW3 could disappoint me, I think it would be in the depth of combat department. 1 and 2 were quite similar, and its become all the more apparent as I play them yet again on the GOW Collection. So I hope that many more moves are added for advanced players to enjoy.

I'd also like a hint about the magic system. Will spells do different things based on the weapon you're using?

And the movement system - will Kratos be able to run/dash and jump far,as we saw in the first trailer? These are the kinds of tiny spoilers I'm very interested in hearing something about.

Who's with me?

Anonymous said...

thx for update bruno I'm waiting for next month.

Anonymous said...

So if there's nothing at the VGAs we have to wait the District 9 Blu-ray ( exclusive makinf of inside ).

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rocky said...

if the European/Indian release(as they are usually same) isn't the same as the north American one then sir i and millions of other god of war fans would be very disappointed,as at times it takes us about a month to get the game imported to our homes and i would also like to add that I had pre-ordered(imported)and received my god of war collection today and it was a HELL of a wait

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, Bruno!
Hope next time it won`t last over a month...

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bruno!
But where are the upcoming surprises you mentioned Wednesday, October 21, 2009?

Dennis said...

thank you very much for the update. been visiting this site every few days, just to see if it's updated :D im totally with you about not spoiling the game by releasing too much info. i would love to experience the story, places and weapons for myself.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bruno!
But where are the upcoming surprises you mentioned Wednesday, October 21, 2009?


What surprise? He said that?

Anonymous said...

Yes he said "Like I mentioned before, the gates are opening, and with the upcoming GOW collection and some other upcoming surprises, there will be lots of new Kratos news from now until the game comes out." October the 21st.

Justin said...

All of you guys are awesome at Sony Santa Monica =D

Anyways, Here's what I would love to be as an unlockable for God Of War III after you beat the game


Well you know that in the previous games, while you level up your Blades of Chaos/Blades of Athena, their flames start to become bright and more noticeable, so what I would REALLY REALLY REALLY LOVE and really appreciate is an unlockable option to change the color of the blades' flames, just imagine swinging the blades and watching those flames illuminate the screen with any color you want, yellow (like the original Blades of Athena), red (like the LV5 Blades of Chaos), blue, green, purple, white, and even black, how cool would the blades' flames look black? Or dark purple so to speak (giving it kinda like a darkness feel to it). This idea would probably be only able to work while you have your blades maxed out since the flames and color is much more noticeable.

I'm sorry, but I think this would be so bada$$!

Hope you guys read =D An do it of course haha

thanks again

-Justin

gow-fan said...

Thank you very much about the update Bruno!
I'm very happy to hear that the game is playable from start to end and it is in very good shape and schedule.
However ,please make GOW3 release simultaneously world wide or at worst case after one week after US premiere .Why we europeans need to wait another month after NA release like previews parts?It would be unfair...
About the new media.Of course we don't want too many spoilers ,but one new epic trailer and few screens would hurt anyone I think ;)
Once again... Thanks for making the greatest game ever!

gow-fan said...

I meant one new trailer and few new screens wouldn't hurt anyone I think.
Sorry for the mistake :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks again for the post Bruno. Just one question about the making of video unlockable on the demo in district 9, does it contain any information that would spoil the game experience of God of War 3?

Anonymous said...

so disappointed...

Xcalibur said...

So has the feedback on PlayTesting been positive so far?

Anonymous said...

thanks bruno i will wait for ur updates

gow-fan said...

why are disappointed?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, Bruno!
Hope next time it won`t last over a month...

gow-fan said...

Bruno what you mean with "vote for GOW3 at VGAs and send a loud message for the marketing department"? That if GOW3 win we will get new media???

Anonymous said...

show the infos for those that want to see it and these that are afraid of spoilers should look away! it`s so simple...

Anonymous said...

http://forums.gametrailers.com/thread/kamiya-wants-to--quot-exceed-q/977263

Kamiya wants to "exceed" God of War

EDK1010 said...

HA-HA! The game is completed! Only a bit more polishing. But I'm one of those people who don't like too many spoilers, but I'm also very impatient!

I'll wait for the next bout of info to come out. But it's great just hearing how the game itself is coming along.

I'm not sure when you'll answer this, but I gotta know...

In a technical standpoint, how is GOW3? Also, has the game been put into 1080p? Or are you still tweaking that?

I'm eager for more, and cannot wait for "The Making Of" that will be released on the 29th of this month.

gow-fan said...

About making of documentary in district9 blu-ray...So how long it will be and what will include,I mean basically ...?

Anonymous said...

Im kinda happy and at the same time kinda mad for u not releasing any new media...
I dont want any spoilers, but at the same time it kills me to know that the game will be released in 3months and we still haven't seen anything new!!!
I WANT TITAN GAMEPLAY!!! :@
For me, just polish the game and make this game the best one out there!!
I NEED U TO SHATTER BAYONETTA!

Anonymous said...

what difference does it make? to see the new trailer now or in january,february... if the trailer contains spoilers, like it matters! can u explain please?

Anonymous said...

can i test it please???

Thundamer said...

You can't imagine, Bruno, how great it can be heard that the game has been completed and only polishing has left. But really, please don't screw Europe this time as with previous GOW titles. I really hope that GOW3 will manage to achieve the same or very great opening day like Halo 3 once had. Because I truly can see that happening. To achieve it, I suggest to release GOW3 worldwide the same date.

I understand that you don't want to spoil anything and I also want to know as less as possible when I will get GOW3 into my hands, but really, some new trailer is needed with only one objective: to remind people how epic this game will be. Especially by the February, when Dante's Inferno will release.

Keep up the good work and I wish to all Sony Santa Monica crew to achieve the best possible game out there so that many game critics and gamers around the world would be shocked positively.

P.S. Bruno, will Europe really get different GOW3 Ultimate Edition? If yes, when it will be announced? I'm asking this because I don't know from which place to pre-order the game???

Shadow said...

Thanks for the update! It's awesome to know that the game is 'almost' finished and you guys are now focusing on the polishness of it. I'm looking foward to it on March/2010.

I don't need new media of it, because I know the game will deliver even more than what I'm expecting.

I just want one simple question answered: will the game be in 1080p and 60 frames per second, or that is still under arrangement?

I wish the best to you and all Santa Monica Studios. See ya.

Anonymous said...

Let the floodgates open... when? in march or april 2010?

gow-fan said...

Can we have at least few screens to see how the game looks at the moment?
I think the shouldn't contain too much spoilers... ;)

EDK1010 said...

...uh I've got one final question.

Is the E3 demo considered THE demo for God of War 3? I was kind of confused, because you made it seem like you just wanted people to try the E3 demo...

So is there another demo coming, or is the E3 one the official demo?

heracles said...

Well no one said that there will be no info this month. Just at VGA.
But also no one knows when there will be new media
Also Bruno said to vote for GOW3 at VGA nominations ,maybe if it win we will see more info or ...? maybe...

Thanks for the update, Bruno....

Kratos said...

I have been voting on the VGA website for god of war III and everytime i delete my history i go back and vote for it!! im sure it will win and there is a lot of compettion out there but Kratos makes them weak and fall to their knees!! I'm glad the games done!! and i cannot wait and i completely agree not to give to many spoilers away that's probably my biggest fear, reading something that i wish i hadn't. Well thanks alot Bruno and im trying to go to VGA just hoping you guys will show more GOW III things and that is the only reason im trying to go!! GOW III GOTG(eneration)

Anonymous said...

"I want to make it clear to you guys that as far as I know we are not going to be showing anything new at that show however. Let me make it clear that my word is not official"


I tell you guys! there are definitely going to be some kind of a trailer at the VGA's ! It would be dumb not marketing the game through the VGA! and believe me Sony knows this!! So I say GET YOUR TiVo's READY!!!

Anonymous said...

"I want to make it clear to you guys that as far as I know we are not going to be showing anything new at that show however. Let me make it clear that my word is not official"


I tell you guys! there are definitely going to be some kind of a trailer at the VGA's ! It would be dumb not marketing the game through the VGA! and believe me Sony knows this!! So I say GET YOUR TiVo's READY!!!

Thundamer said...

Bruno, I have one very interesting question.

What's really going on with GOW Comics?! It was meant to be released in October, but know it still hasn't. Is it doomed? Have you heard anything of it?

EDK1010 said...

No anonymous. No there won't be. After Bruno already said there wouldn't be. Actually, get hyped up about it. Then watch the entire thing and then cry because its not there after everyone said it wouldn't be.

Anonymous said...

@EDK1010

I'm sorry but can't you read?

"I want to make it clear to you guys that as far as I know we are not going to be showing anything new at that show however. Let me make it clear that my word is not official"

As you can see he never actually said there wouldn't be a trailer...

I will and I will make sure to say that I said so... :)

Anonymous said...

thanks for the update bruno :)

Anonymous said...

haha~ funny!.thank .you for .your ..share.....

EDK1010 said...

Alright you do that.

Anonymous said...

http://www.amazon.com/God-War-III-Ultimate-Playstation-3/dp/B002UZT4PU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1260158214&sr=8-2

I saw this and thought Id share since everywhere else is pre-ordering it for 99 dollars and you have to pay for shipping most places or tax at a store but amazon has it for 89 with free shipping. So get to save between 15 and 20 bucks depending on where else you get it from.

Anonymous said...

The God of War III demo pretty much blew away all of my expectations. I expected it to feel the same as the other games and not impact me like the first and second ones did...

Turns out I was wrong. God of War III (the demo) is one of the funnest things I've played in recent memory - everything about the gameplay seems perfect. Absolutely perfect.

Anonymous said...

in NA at least?
please dont tell me sonys going to give us the finger AGAIN! and release the game in europe months after the US gets it.
im sick of this shit, i swear to god if GOW3 is not available here in Australia by march 30th 2010 i am selling my ps3 and PSP.
im sick of this shit.
thats fine if this is how sony wants to treat me thats fine 2 can play at that game.

Dennis said...

hi. I have a few questions. Firstly, i just wana know, from a developer's POV, how do u think GOW3 will fare, being an exclusive? the competitions are pretty strong (bayonetta, darksiders, dante's inferno) and are multiplatform. That said, i just want you to know GOW3 is the reason why i bought my ps3 in the first place :D
and secondly, i think a few people have already asked this, but what is going on with the GOW comics?
thanks.

Anonymous said...

they have nothing gorgeous to show, they don`t want to embarrasse..

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rocky said...

sir could u please explain wt percentage of the game is puzzles,platforming and combat respectively?thank u

and plzzzzzz don't screw people outside of north America plzzzzzz

Anonymous said...

Hehe, Heracles you quoted my post from the gow3forums.com :)
However... I also think that several new screens will not hurt anyone,not spoil anything .Just will show how the game looks at the moment and the epicness of the environments ;)

Anonymous said...

Hehe, Heracles you quoted my post from the gow3forums.com :)
However... I also think that several new screens will not hurt anyone,not spoil anything .Just will show how the game looks at the moment and the epicness of the environments ;)


yeah. only new screen and some media (footage) it's not spoil anything

Anonymous said...

We definitely need something from GOW3 this month...

Thundamer said...

Sorry, Bruno, but I have another question :)

How big is GOW3 in size? 40gb? more? Does it uses the blu-ray dual layer disc or standard?

Anonymous said...

show us something please!
and those who don`t want spoilers should look away...

Anonymous said...

As I said even if it is few new screens we will be happy.Show something this month please.
We are curies how the game looks at this moment compared to the E3 demo,which many people played .

Anonymous said...

I meant we are all curious how the game looks now and etc...
This writing mistakes... :(

Anonymous said...

just a screen-shot, please?

heracles said...

I speak that all bosses are on the game ..? which fans already know ....is this bruno..? help me guys....

-zeus
-hades
-poseidon
-deimos
-phobos
-hera
-hermes
-helios
-hefhestus
-apolo....

Anonymous said...

not all of these can be bosses if some of the titans are involved plus unknown characters

offwhiteazn said...

lol dante's inferno and castlevania are god of war knock offs.

Anonymous said...

The god bosses will be Hermes,Helios,Zeus,Hades and Poseidon ... These 5 are the major ones and they was on the balcony at the end of GOW2.It's absurd to think that all those gods listed above will be in the game.
Of course there could be other creatures which can be bosses/sub bosses ...

PeterK said...

Stig Asmussen already confirmed in an interview, that the 5 Gods from the End of God of War 2 will be in the game, and some more Gods and Titans I guess..

It's also stated, that Helios is not a Boss fight..

Anonymous said...

Hehe,obviously he is not,but no one knows about what happen before events in the demo.There maybe some fight ;)

Anonymous said...

http://forums.godofwar.com/t5/God-of-War-III-Discussion/God-of-War-III-receives-Game-Trailers-Diamond-Award-for-10M/td-p/15033
Did you saw this.AWESOME!
If this is not acknowledgement for the developers,I don' know what will be.Congratulations!
I think this only shows that it is time for some new media ;)
GOW3 FTW!!!

heracles said...

http://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/6251.html

Although the game hasn't released in North America yet - it's scheduled for January 5 - multiple sources have already said the game is downright stellar. Perhaps the evaluations that get the most attention are Edge Magazine's perfect 10 out of 10, Famitsu's perfect 40/40 and Eurogamer's solid 9 out of 10. Therefore, according to MCVUK, Sega will be taking advantage of this critical acclaim to help promote the game. After referencing the aforementioned scores, senior product manager Ben Walker said:

"The launch campaign will be an accolade driven campaign with heavy weight TV, online and print advertising. It is a campaign that reflects the confidence that we have in this title."

come on SANTA MONICA STUDIOS IS TIME WAR..! begins the war.......

EDK1010 said...

Yeah Bruno, send THAT to your marketing department. 10 million views and getting the diamond award.

Only thing left is winning the "Most anticipated game of 2010"

It's gonna be close, but lets hope GOW3 grabs that in the bag as well.

heracles said...

hey guys, more history greek and mythology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Greek_mythological_figures

rocky said...

if the Game Trailers Diamond Award didn't send a message to the lazy marketing team i dunno wt will

Anonymous said...

God of War 3 trailer surpasses 10 million views on GameTrailers! http://bit.ly/5gbx7I

rocky said...

http://www.gow3forums.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1633

http://www.gow3forums.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=992&hilit=where+it+all+began

Anonymous said...

I think 10 milion views is a quite good message to the GOW3 marketing department .People really want to see more stuff from the game.
Please... It won't spoil anything :)

Anonymous said...

Forget it and stop begging!
They won`t show us anything till January.
It`s a marketing trick...

Anonymous said...

Is the ship captain going to be in the game?

Anonymous said...

when God of war III wins the anticipated award...a shinny new trailer will b shown.

Anonymous said...

Dream on!

Anonymous said...

It's ok that you ( Sony Santa Monica ) don't want to show us everything, but that's not a reason for showing nothing.

Needless to say I'm disappointed about thz VGAs.

Anonymous said...

Even Alan Wake getting more media lately ... :(

Anonymous said...

http://kotaku.com/5421612/get-your-weekly-dose-of-dantes-inferno

why cant u guys do something like this?

Anonymous said...

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/105/1052951p1.html

Anonymous said...

IGN: It's been a while since we've seen anything new. Are we going to get an updated look at the game before it ships, or are you trying to keep as much secret as possible?

Stig Asmussen: I imagine we will be giving out more information in the next couple of months. This is a tough one because we really want to show what we have been working so hard on, but at the same time, we don't want to give too much away and spoil the experience. We totally understand that there are a lot of fans that want to hear/see more, and we appreciate that immensely. However, the reality is that whenever we spend time on demos, presentations—even something as simple as a screen shot—it takes a measure of time away from the core production of the game. We try to set our standard of quality as high as possible, so whenever we make something public, there is an enormous amount of work that goes into it. So, I wouldn't say we have been consciously trying to keep things secret; we just want to make sure that our primary focus is making the final game the best it can be.

Anonymous said...

"http://kotaku.com/5421612/get-your-weekly-dose-of-dantes-inferno

why cant u guys do something like this?"

Because Dante's Inferno needs massive hype to make people buy it. People will buy GOW3 because they know it's good.

Developer diaries are the PR method of the weak, the unsure. GOW team has work to do, not videos to make bragging about doing work.

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