God of War, One Year Later: Santa Monica Studio Thanks the Fans

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God of War, One Year Later: Santa Monica Studio Thanks the Fans

Celebrate the upcoming one-year anniversary of God of War with a new PS4 theme (available today) and avatar set (available April 17).

Together we all dream big dreams. Dreaming big has led to an amazing sense of accomplishment for all of us here at Santa Monica Studio and it’s the belief in that dream that kept us going, from the very moment we set out to create a new beginning for God of War.

In 2015, we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of God of War, having started the saga back in 2005. And, so, here we are reflecting on the one year anniversary of a new era for Kratos, now with his son, Atreus. When Cory Barlog first brought us this transformative vision of a father and son embarking on an incredible journey together, a journey to honor a wife and a mother… but also one where a boy would teach his father how to be human again; and the father (Kratos) would teach his son how to be a measured god, we knew we had something special for our fans. Yet, change is hard. Change to a longstanding franchise comes with immeasurable doubt, a studio defining risk and a huge leap of faith. Thank you to our entire worldwide team; the Sony PlayStation family and you, the millions of God of War fans around the world who embraced that leap with us, on a journey we never expected. We made this journey together.

In honor of you, our fans, we’re starting a week-long celebration of the one-year anniversary of this God of War. I’m very happy to indulge you with a small token of our appreciation. We’ve crafted a fantastic God of War Anniversary character PS4 avatar set that will be available free this Wednesday, and a PS4 dynamic theme available right now that will bring you back to serenity with Kratos and Atreus in the Lake of Nine. They’ll both be free at PlayStation Store (search God of War), whether you own the game or not.

This past year we’ve been graced beyond belief with the Game of the Year honor from an astounding number of outlets worldwide. We’re humbled, and even more honored to be in the same breath as so many masterpiece games who unquestionably deserve the same distinction. Like so many in our industry, at Santa Monica Studio we craft games and strive to tell powerful, emotionally connecting stories. This year marks 20 years since our studio was founded. If I had to predict the next 20 years of Santa Monica Studio, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt, we will continue to create games whose art reflects life, life reflects art, with stories we want to resonate for years to come.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for embracing the new God of War and for helping Santa Monica Studio rise up to a new beginning as well. From our whole team to you, that has meant everything to us. Now, we have a long journey ahead.

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  • Congrats to the team on making the this fantastic series even better, wish you all the best in the future.

  • Is there a reward for getting the platinum trophy?

    • Yes, the platinum trophy.

    • I mean a theme or avatar

    • Yes, there is an exclusive avatar as a reward for those that get the platinum trophy in God of War (PS4). I got it and it’s cool.

    • I got the trophy but the avatar has not arrived

    • You have to wait a week or so. However, I did that and still didn’t receive the avatar so I contacted Sony support and they helped me with the problem. Wait for more than a week and if you don’t receive just do the same.

      Also, I realized that you can see the avatar next to my name :) .

    • ok thanks, I’ll contact sony support because it’s already 3 weeks and the avatar is cute

    • It’s been months and I still haven’t gotten my plat avatar for Horizon :(

    • I got mine for getting plat trophy on spider man a exactly 4 months after actually getting the trophy. (Got the plat on the 17th of October and I got the email with the avatar code on the 17 of feb)

    • The Platinum avatar is only for Europe apparently. North America doesn’t have that unfortunately.

    • Is there any chance to see all preorders DLCs in a single package?… btw i hope too see another little DLC as gift.


      Thank You

  • Game of Generation so far <3

  • I cant find the theme on Singapore PS Store :(

  • The Best! GoW it’s a masterpiece. A classic. I’m honored to have played it. Thank You Santa Monica.

  • Thank you for so many years of fun and excitement. I still remember the first god of war who played in ps vita.

  • I wish if it was an avatar instead of a theme

  • Thank you for so many years of fun and excitement. I still remember the first god of war who played in “psp”, sorry..

  • I don’t own GoW yet, but I’ll definitely be getting it soon, I can see the love put into it <3

  • Congrats to SSM, gow ps4 is my gotg :)

  • Congrats Team for all the success in both sales and GOTY awards. Truly astounding game. Really appreciate the gifts. Can’t wait for the next chapter!

  • Best PS4 game and one of my favourite games of all time, alongside Zelda:Breath of the Wild, The Last of Us and The Witcher 3. I’ve returned to gaming in 2017 after several years out and oh boy what I found when I returned.

  • My favorite game of last year, they could of gave us a better avatar set.

  • Congrats to the Santa Monica team. Every ounce of success they have had from this title is fully deserved. The hard work and passion for storytelling, world-build, and a top-tier gameplay experience is exceptional. It is proof of why games of this nature need to continue to exist, and thankfully still do within Sony’s first party studios. Cheers to many more future successes!

  • I bought a PS4 Pro just for this game (the GoW themed one of course). And it didn’t disappoint :)

  • I am getting an error stating the page does not exist . I guess none for me.

  • In my Top 5 games of all time; thank you!

  • I liked God of War ever since 2010 and was unable to play it back then but eventually I got a PS3 and played through III and Ascension. And now on my PS4 Pro the new God of War is Amazing. Congratulations to Santa Monica Studio for making this masterpiece.

  • it would be great to see cory barlog create a new game right from the start
    and see if he really has the necessary talent or is just good at hanging on to the work of others.

  • Awesome Video I liked

  • Thank you guys, I love the game!

  • Following in the footsteps of Guerrilla I see,wish you followed with quality too.The theme is crap and if the avatar set are those in the red background then lol thanks for nothing Santa Monica,you could’ve put a lil effort in “thanking your fans”.Got excited for nothing.

    But yeah great job,game is not GoW but is freaking amazing…3rd best PS4 game and fully deserved GOTY 2018.Wish you guys had made this into a new game and let Kratos rest,such a waste of opportunity but whatever.

  • Thank you and congratulations to Santa Monica for making this amazing game. God of War will be a generation-defining game for as long as video games are played; an utter masterpiece of storytelling, depth, and action.

  • Thank you!
    As someone who enjoyed the original God of War but then became burned out on the series due to every new game feeling/playing so much like the ones before it, I was extremely skeptical that I’d enjoy the newest God of War. I had just finished playing through the newest Zelda title on Switch though, and I had gone into that game feeling the exact same way and ended up loving it, so that was my motivation for giving GoW another shot.
    I’m so glad I did. Just like how Breath of the Wild at once felt both like a Zelda game and something completely new God of War kept the essence of the past games but played like nothing else before it and I loved every moment of it. Unlike past games in the series, at the end of GoW I not only wasn’t ready to move on to something different, I wanted more, and the game’s characters and story stuck in my mind for weeks afterward.
    I was late to the Breath of the Wild party, so I played both games last year and would be hard pressed to pick a favorite between those two. As for games released last year that I played last year though, God of War was hands down my favorite. And I’m so glad that I can yet again be excited for whatever might be coming next.
    Fantastic Job to everyone at Sony Santa Monica Studio!!!

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