While everyone bites their nails in anticipation of the Killzone 2 reviews – yes, ours is right around the corner; we're waiting for the U.S. embargo to lift on Feb. 2 – we imagine PlayStation 3 owners will be doing the same thing for God of War III . …and based on recent evidence, it might be exactly one year from now.
We still don't have an official release date for the hotly anticipated action title, although most fans were hoping to see it some time later this year. Some recent evidence, including a sneak peek at the gameplay that SCEA will be offering to some publications in February, makes people believe in a 2009 launch. However, most realists will say the game has a Q1 2010 estimate, which we've certainly heard before. Now, we're hearing it again: according to HipHopGamer, retailer GameStop has apparently received an e-mail from Sony that says GoWIII will release in March 2010. We have to assume Sony sent this message so GameStop could begin taking pre-orders (they can't take pre-orders unless there's an estimated release), so it's certainly just a placeholder. But even so, it now seems readily apparent that GoWIII will not, in fact, be ready in time for 2009. There are plenty of fantastic titles on tap for this year, of course, but next to KZ2, GoWIII is next on the "most anticipated" list for many PlayStation 3 owners.
March really does fit into the puzzle, though. Both previous installments in the series released in March, so why fiddle with tradition? Maybe it's a superstition. Maybe the developers are saying to themselves, "if we don't launch the game in March, we won't get those high-9s!" Sure, it sounds irrational, but who knows?
Related Game(s): God of War III