The God of War series for the Sony PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable has passed me by. I've heard great things about the games, but just never made the effort to try them. Now God of War III is in the works for the PlayStation 3, but without having played the first two games, how can I ever expect to follow the complex narrative? Help may be on the way as Sony is reaching out to fans of Kratos's adventures regarding the special edition of God of War III, and one of the ideas being kicked around involves new PS3 editions of God of War and its sequel on a single Blu-ray disc. Joystiq has the story.
In a survey sent to registered PlayStation 3 owners, Sony asks recipients to rate their interest in several possible bonus items on a scale of 1-10. Among the standard fare of "full game soundtrack" and "art book" is "God of War and God of War II on Blu-ray disc." That's a "10" in our book, not to mention a great way to make these games available to those who either never played them on PS2 or no longer have the system and whose PS3's lack backwards-compatibility.
Bundling the previous games with the latest sequel is always a good idea. Nintendo did it last generation to some acclaim with a GameCube version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time & its Master Quest remix offered with The Wind Waker and locking the original Metrioid away inside Metroid Prime, but once downloadable retro titles and the Virtual Console muscled in on the current generation, this sort of extra content dried up in favor of charging us more money for what used to be a nifty bonus. I'm all for including previous God of War titles with the new sequel. It may be just what I need to nudge myself into trying the collector set, and if the bundle meets with success in the market, then perhaps publishers will be reminded that including the old with the new is a great way to please fans and boost sales.