God of War game is scheduled for release on April 20th, 2018 for the PlayStation 4, here we are going through the things that you should know before playing this game.
God of War 4 is quite different from its previous versions, as it was rebuilt from the core. The new God of War game is single-player only and it features a third-person over-the-shoulder free camera view. Another big change in God of War is that Kratos (the main character) no longer uses his signature double-chained blades, as he lost these at the conclusion of God of War III. Instead, he uses a magical battle axe called the "Leviathan Axe". Leviathan Axe can be infused with different elemental abilities and thrown at enemies and it comes back to him - similar to Thor's hammer.
In the new God of War game, there will be some scenes where the player may choose to passively control Atreus (Kratos' son). One button is dedicated to Atreus and its use depends on the context.
In addition to the Standard Edition, there will be three special editions:
- Stone Mason Edition
- Collector's Edition
- Digital Deluxe Edition
The Stone Mason Edition (Only available in the US and Canada) comes with several physical items, including the base game in a SteelBook case, a 23 cm statue of Kratos and Atreus that was created by Gentle Giant, 5.1 cm carvings of the Huldra Brothers, a horse, and a troll, an exclusive lithograph, a cloth map, a stone mason's ring, and a keychain of Mímir's head that talks. There is also various DLC, including an exclusive shield skin, in addition to an armor set and another shield skin for Kratos, a PS4 dynamic theme, a digital artbook, and God of War #0 by Dark Horse Comics.
The Collector's Edition comes with many of the same items, minus the ring, the keychain, the 5.1 cm carvings of the troll and horse, plus the Stone Mason Edition's exclusive shield skin.
The Digital Deluxe Edition comes with all of the digital content, minus the Stone Mason Edition's exclusive shield skin. The customers in tUS and Canada will also receive a Kratos and Atreus pin for pre-ordering the Digital Deluxe Edition. Pre-orders at select retailers will receive three skins for Kratos' shield, while pre-orders from GameStop or EB Games will also receive a "Luck of Ages XP Talisman", granting increased XP gain, increased Hacksilver gain, and increased ability to trigger Perks
By pre-ordering the digital version of God of War from PlayStation Store you will receive the following bonuses on launch day:
- Shield Skins (Buckler of the Forge, Shining Elven Soul-Shield, Dökkenshieldr, plus Grace of the Wanderer and Defender of the Chosen for the PlayStation Plus members)
- XP Boost
- Download the game up to two days in advance of the release date (playable only on Apr 20)
The digital pre-order is available in Standard and Deluxe Editions.