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5 things the God of War teaser could mean

News has been popping up around the net about a secret message in God of War 3, unlocked when you earn a Platinum trophy. The trophy description features a URL, which points gamers towards what appears to be a teaser website. It's really exciting - look:

 

OK, so it's actually rather dull. At present, it simply depicts an ocean scene with mud to the bottom-left, while a thunderstorm beats down. Therte's been some speculation that it's the platform Kratos throws himself from in the first game, but it doesn't look rocky enough to us. So what is this teasing? You don't have to be Ace Ventura to come to the conclusion that there's something God of War-related on the way. But what?

 

1) God of War 4

This is, sadly, the least likely outcome. We're not going to discuss where the plot could go at this point in time because a lot of people are still playing it. But it would take, at the very least, a full year to make a new PS3 game, even with the engine and assets all in place. So...

 

2) It could be GoW3 DLC

Specifically, an epilogue chapter. It's well-documented that the game's length was cut a little before completion, so we could be getting those levels back from the cutting room floor. That's very likely.

 

3) It could be a new PSP God of War game

This too is very likely. The first game was critically very well-received and was a fantastic showcase for the machine's capabilities. Considering Chains of Olympus had a similar teaser site before it was announced, this is very likely. Also it's been a sufficiently long time since the last one for a sequel to be developed.

 

4) It could be a multiplayer spin-off game

See the URL? It says 'spartansstandtall'. Either this means all Spartans stand tall as a statement, or it's an imperative instruction - 'Spartans - stand tall!' It definitely does not apply to one single Spartan, so this could well be multiplayer game, quite possibly without Kratos. Especially as multiplayer was considered for God of War 3, but was omitted because it didn't fit with Kratos' story.

There's further evidence to support this. While the Spartan shield in the top right is acting as a countdown timer of some sort (apparently filling each of its quadrants with blood over time), it also features four Spartan helmets in its design. Could this be part of the new game's HUD?

 

5) It could be a movie or anime reveal

Although the style of the scene is similar to that of God of War 3, it could be an arty backdrop for some anime action. What better way to get publicity for your new anime than to tease it in the biggest PS3 game of the year so far?

Truth is, nobody outside of Sony knows what it is yet. But we reckon it's most likely... a new PSP game. Does that excite you? We know you love PSP. 

19 Mar, 2010

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15 comments

  • lnksmartt - March 19, 2010 12:16 p.m.

    No, I love the game but they can leave it at three anymore that take place after the third would make what happens at the end of it meaningless. A DLC epilogue chapter sure but not GOW4
  • Fiirestorm21 - March 19, 2010 12:33 p.m.

    I agree, I think the series should be left alone for now, only one more spin off at this point and that's it for a while. So, going completely off my own prejudices, I'm saying DLC for GoW3 or another PSP game from Ready at Dawn. (They've been pretty quiet for a while, too, haven't they?)
  • Fiirestorm21 - March 19, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    Hell, maybe Sony will make it a launch game for the PSP2 will full dual-analog-stick controls and improved resolution and aliasing and everything. *wink wink nudge nudge*
  • Sinsational - March 19, 2010 12:41 p.m.

    I, personally, am hoping for a multiplayer game. Not only does the atmosphere already help lend to that concept, but the team that created GOW3 already had on the brain, which means they might have thought of a nice way for it to work. If it succeeds, it could very well be the next Left 4 Dead. If it fails... Super Monkey Ball.
  • Embolado - March 19, 2010 2:14 p.m.

    Gut feeling is its a PSP game.
  • stefansmith - March 19, 2010 4:51 p.m.

    I hope its a psp game.Chains of olympus kicked ass.
  • RebornKusabi - March 19, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    My theory is an Epilogue chapter DLC... because those seem to the rage nowadays.
  • Amnesiac - March 20, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    Epilogue DLC. Calling it. A new PSP game is also welcome. It's almost certainly going to happen at some point anyway, this would just mean sooner rather than later.
  • TurboBlevi - March 20, 2010 4:11 a.m.

    I hope it's the Epilogue, followed by DLC that incorporates a 4 (or 5) Player Co-op mode. Of course, I'm going off of how many Spartan helmets are around the Shield. Maybe Kratos is the large one at the bottom, and the other 4 play as "important" Spartans? Who knows, I've yet to play God of War 3 even. I own it, I just haven't played it.
  • philipshaw - March 20, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    I would think it's a new PSP game, they already talked about DLC so it won't be that
  • NormanD - March 20, 2010 5:07 p.m.

    It's most likely a multiplayer game, the DLC thing is oging to happen anyway, so I doubt that they'd tease it like this. Personally, in my wildest dreams, I think they could be making a historically accurate game (totally new IP) about an important event involving the Spartans (possibly the battle of Thermopylae?!) The only thing that really made me think of it, is just that the HUD-icon thingy is probably some of the most accurate Spartan imagery in the entire GOW series especially with the shield in the middle that has the chevron symbol and the small circular pictures around it with the helmets that have the horsehair on the top. Just guessing though, it's probably nothing like that....:(
  • Jordanlacroix95 - March 20, 2010 8:06 p.m.

    A dLc with a REAL epilogue would be good , i mean ,(spoilers) kratos survived the power of the blade of olympus , and stabing himself made athenas power go to the humans of the world . what was kratos tying to do ??????????? hopefully we may find out.
  • barrage7667 - March 20, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    at the website theres a reflection in the water...its hard to see but its there
  • NiceVibe - March 22, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    I'm hoping for DLC or Multiplayer spinoff, but I have a feeling its another PSP game. Unfortunately I don't have a PSP so I will miss another good GOW game just like I missed Chains of Olympus
  • sleepy92ismypsn - March 25, 2010 2:11 a.m.

    dont see 4 happening unless its an prequel or has another main character but id rather have another psp prequel with the ghost of sparta

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