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What if God of War II would have launched with the PS3? Don’t be surprised if your head begins aching from the possibilities. We recently chatted with Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Computer Entertainment’s senior vice president of product development, about the decision to go ahead and release Kratos’s second god-murdering adventure on the PS2 late in the console’s life.When asked whether he thought God of War II should have been delayed in order to be a PS3 launch game, Yoshida said “We had a lot of debates about it, actually. I always firmly stood by keeping it on PS2. Many people, including marketing, suggested that maybe it should be moved to PS3. What I believed was that God of War II would be the best-selling and best game of the year. We had always seen that, at the launch of a platform, the developer has to spend a lot of time becoming familiar with the platform and software tools. Technical issues take up a lot of the development, perhaps leaving less time for really polishing the game. Towards the end of a platform is when you see really great games, after developers really begin to understand the hardware.“In the God of War franchise,” he continued, “I saw an opportunity for the Santa Monica team to complete their vision for the second game on a platform they totally understood. That was my argument and the company and team supported it. I’m very happy with the result. So to your question, I have never regretted the fact that we released God of War II on PS2.”Be sure to read our full interview with Yoshida in the March issue of Game Informer, available next month.
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I completly agree. GOW2 was mind blowing on PS2 and it probably wouldn't have shined as bright as it could have on the PS3 that soon. GOW3 on the other hand is ready to destroy on PS3 and i'll come along for the bloody ride
Leaving it on the PS2 was a smart move for Sony, not just for the technical reasons explained in this article, but also because of the large number of PS2 consoles out in the world at that time. That means a large number of people got the opportunity to play it and the sales made up for production costs.
I'm fine with it being on ps2 yay for gow3 on ps3
Great decision by Sony. If they had moved the game onto the PS3, it definately would have not sold well because of the few people that bought the system around launch.
GOW II was right to stay on PS2.
That probably makes sense in terms of money. Nobody has a PS3 at the time GoW2 came out
God of War pushes each system to the limit, it was definitely a good decision
GoW III is good enough for PS3.... now that they know how to make a game for ps3
So now developers have "learned" how to make good games on PS3? Why every time that a game is on both systems, it is better on the 360? I'm not a developer, but how can it be harder to port the "inferior" 360 code onto the theoretically "superior" PS3? Would Ferrari(PS3) have a hard time producing a Ford(360) if the plans were given to them?
It doesn't really bother me any more that I couldn't get the game for my PS3, because I have both GoW 1, and 2 on the Collector's Edition now
Todos los GoW, son bienvenidos al PS3, el PS3 quiere sangre, quiere a Kratos.
just played it on PS3, was awesome.