Sony has teased a God of War sequel announcement with a new image.

The image, below, published on the official PlayStation Facebook page, asks the question: "Will vengeance bring redemption?"

And there's a date: 19th April 2012 - next Thursday.

Speculation is rife the image relates to Sony's long-rumoured God of War sequel, which has been spotted on a raft of developer CVs and online shops over the last 12 months.

Adding weight to this is the appearance of the letters "GOW" in the image's full URL. More specifically, "gowa_fb", which perhaps stands for "God of War announcement Facebook", or "God of War: unannounced subtitle".

Last year magazines and online shops suggested God of War 4 was set for launch in September 2012. Job advertisements suggest developer Sony Santa Monica will implement multiplayer into the series for the first time.

God of War 3 launched early 2010 as a visual showcase for the PlayStation 3. Sony Santa Monica has said it did not mark the end of the action-packed blockbuster series. "This is not the end of God of War," studio boss John Hight said. "This is definitely the end of the trilogy, but we're [going to] continue to do God of War games.

"We're [going to] be very careful about what we do. We're the keepers of the franchise and we don't want to see it ruined or polluted."

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