As the God of War franchise celebrated its tenth anniversary this past weekend, Sony Santa Monica used the opportunity to announce that a remastered version of God of War III is coming this summer to PlayStation 4.
Naturally, when announcements like this are made, fans begin to wonder if other titles in the franchise are getting the remastered treatment as well. In a recent post on the PlayStation Blog, it appears that won't be the case for the God of War series.
In response to a fan's question about bringing the first two games back as remastered versions, Aaron Kaufman, Senior Community Strategist at Sony Santa Monica, said that the developer isn't planning to work on any of the other games in the franchise.
Kaufman also went on to provide a little more context on how the team decided on bringing God of War III back as opposed to the other titles:
"Remasters often help us open the door to new players who perhaps did not play God of War 3 5 years ago, but who we can bring it to on the PlayStation 4," Kaufman said. "People often forget, the more players we can bring into a franchise, the better for everyone. At Santa Monica Studio, we'd like as many PlayStation fans to experience our games as possible, form generation to generation."
With multiple titles in the God of War franchise having been packaged together previously on the PlayStation 3, such as God of War Saga and the God of War Collection, this news isn't terribly surprising. God of War III was a visual showstopper when it was first revealed for the PlayStation 3 five years ago so it makes sense that this is the title that Sony Santa Monica is choosing to re-release for those new PlayStation owners who may have previously missed the title.
Remastered versions of older games have seen quite a spike of activity in this generation due to how quickly the titles can be updated and released. With lower costs and relative ease of development, another important consideration for these games is brand awareness. With a fourth God of War title in development, God of War III Remastered is coming at a great time to remind people about the series, especially since the franchise has not appeared on the PlayStation 4 yet.
With God of War III getting the remastered treatment, what other classic games would you like to see remade for the current gen? Let us know below.
God of War III Remastered releases on July 14, 2015 for the PlayStation 4.