What, it’s been a year already? Santa Monica Studios‘ modern masterpiece God of War has hit its one year anniversary, and no love was ever lost since it was launched on the PlayStation 4.
Over the year, the scintillating journey of the iconic Kratos and his son Atreus has brought joy and more fuzzy feelings to fans across the globe, going on to win tons of awards, including Game of the Year at the DICE Awards earlier this year.
Many fans have praised director Cory Barlog and his team for crafting such a relatable father-son story despite being in a world filled with fantastical creatures of colossal stature, peppered with graphic violence that made the franchise beloved in its earlier years.
In fact, that love has translated to tons of fan-made art, videos and other works that have wowed the Santa Monica folks themselves.
To commemorate God of War‘s first year, Santa Monica included a beautiful new PS4 dynamic theme, entitled God of War – Your Journey Awaits (available via the US PSN Store), depicting Kratos and Atreus on their longboat sailing down the Lake of Nine, as well as an Avatar pack, featuring stylised silhouettes of the main and supporting characters of the game.
These are all available for download now on the PlayStation Store, all for the grand price of none. You don’t even need to own the game to purchase these, which is nice.
“We’re humbled, and even more honoured to be in the same breath as so many masterpiece games who unquestionably deserve the same distinction,” mused Santa Monica Studios head Shannon Studstill in a recent entry on the PlayStation blog.
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.
Once again, thank you, Santa Monica Studios, for all your hard work put into this now-legendary game. Thank you for God of War.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.