The head of Microsoft's new studio, The Initiative, has taken on a wealth of new talent from a number of high profile studios, including Sony-exclusive Santa Monica Studio, Rockstar and Crystal Dynamics.
Sony has revealed that its previously announced New Game+ update for God of War will come to PlayStation 4 later this month, on August 20th.
UPDATE 30th July 2018: Santa Monica Studio has now officially confirmed the runes inside Kratos's house are indeed God of War's "final secret".
Sony has revealed, during its PlayStation E3 showcase, that God of War will be getting a New Game+ mode in a future update - as apparently requested by many fans.
Senior figures from four of the world's biggest developers - Bungie, Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica and Blizzard - have talked about their studio's take on crunch.
When the huge Earth Dragon roars in God of War there are an incredible number of sounds hitting your ear. After all, we don't have a living dragon to simply capture the sound from, so developer Sony Santa Monica had to create it itself.
God of War on PlayStation 4 gets a photo mode today via a free update.
PlayStation 4 exclusive God of War has sold a staggering 3.1m copies in its first three days on sale worldwide. It's the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive to date.
PlayStation 4 exclusive God of War remains in the UK chart top spot again this week, despite the debut of two Nintendo Labo packs.
Labo, Nintendo Switch's new papercraft accessory system, landed in third place behind God of War and Far Cry 5 for its main Ł60 Variety Kit, and in 20th place for its Ł70 robot kit.
It's hard to judge how well Labo has done in comparison to expectations. It's an expensive kit (much of which will be taken up by the cost of the physical Switch game cartridge) but the range feels like one designed to sell continuously over time (and especially over Christmas). For something intended to have a slow sales burn, then, it is off to a decent start.
God of War has done the business for Sony, debuting at top spot in the UK video game chart.
If you haven't heard already, the new God of War is rather good. It received a Recommended stamp of approval here on Eurogamer and, according to Metacritic, is now the highest-rated PlayStation 4 exclusive released to date.
UPDATE 20/4/18: God of War launches today and is now available to buy from Amazon, despite the retailer closing pre-orders for the game earlier this week.
Other upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusives like Detroit and Spider-Man remain unavailable to pre-order, with no explanation given.
Whatever the beef is with PlayStation and Amazon, it appears to relate to the pre-ordering of games only. Happily, we haven't heard any reports that pre-orders sent in before Amazon shut them down were not received as expected.
A screenshot showing a kind of currency in God of War sparked fears the new PlayStation 4 game will have microtransactions. It wouldn't be the only single-player blockbuster with them after all - I'm looking at you Middle-oeuf: Shadow of War and Assassin's Creed: Oranges.
Sony has revealed that a new God of War themed custom PS4 Pro will be launching on April 20th, the same day that Kratos' makes his highly anticipated return on the console.
As is usually the case with Sony's custom PlayStation 4 efforts, it's probably fair to say that the bold, limited edition design won't be to everyone's taste - but your mileage may vary:
Sony is calling the design "Leviathan Grey", and it's apparently inspired by Kratos' in-game axe. A purchase will get you the custom 1TB PS4 Pro console itself, alongside a matching Dualshock 4 wireless controller, and a physical copy of the God of War Day One Edition.
The new God of War game comes out on 20th April, Sony has announced.
We got an eyeful of Sony Santa Moinca's ruggedly good looking new God of War game at Sony's E3 press conference tonight.
In 2014, God of War developer Sony Santa Monica suffered layoffs when a new PS4 IP it was working on was cancelled following years of work. The game was rumoured to be sci-fi-themed but largely remained a mystery.
Now, however, thanks to a gallery of concept art allegedly from the cancelled project, we have a better idea of what the game was about. The images show an idea not a million miles away from James Cameron's Avatar film(s). A gadget-laden human species explores an alien world where fantastical beast roam land and sea. There's a mysterious humanoid species too, riding bareback on hulking unicorn-like beast, brandishing spears. Clearly there's a kind of magic in the air.
The pictures belong to the leader of the concept art team who worked on the project for nearly three years. They were found on the person's personal website by nerdleaks but have since been removed from what I can see. The pictures are, however, preserved on Imgur.
John Lewis and M&S eat your hearts out. Sony's released a fancy new PlayStation 4 advert just in time for Christmas - and it's packed with video game references.
Sony raised eyebrows at E3 last week when it unveiled a very different look and feel for the new God of War. But there was more to the video that ran during Sony's media briefing than a straight up gameplay reveal.
The new God of War will feature an all new voice actor in the leading role of Kratos. This time out it's Stargate SG-1 actor Christopher Judge.
The God of War we saw unveiled at Sony's press conference was an unfamiliar one. Kratos is back, but he's now got himself a son and a massive beard. There's a new camera angle to consider and a story that might have something to say about fatherhood. And then there's the setting!
Sony revealed an all new God of War game. It's called (wait for it)... God of War.
Kicking off Sony's E3 2016 press conference, the publisher rolled the following footage showing series stalwart Kratos taking care of a young boy in the wilderness.
Kratos looks a bit older than we remember. Plus he's changed his facial hair from a goatee to a full beard.
God of War 4 has a Norse mythology setting and series star Kratos wears a beard, according to a huge leak of assets.
UPDATE 31/1 4PM: Sony Santa Monica boss Shannon Studstill wrote all about the move on the PlayStation Blog, in a post that passed us by.
Sony has announced another huge sale of PlayStation 3 content - and now with some Vita and PSP discounts thrown into the mix.
It's another good week to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber. Today you get God of War HD for free and the multiplayer portion of Uncharted 3 for free.
You may not have heard of Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton - the new writers of the long-awaited God of War movie - but you've probably heard of some their films.
Sony has announced God of War Saga and inFamous Collection for release in the US.
Both collections launch in the US on 28th August for $29.99 each. They are yet to be announced for Europe. We've asked Sony for comment.
Inside God of War Saga is:
The screenwriting team behind Piranha 3DD and the latter half of the Saw series have signed up to the God of War film adaptation.
The God of War series has sold over 21 million copies, Sony has announced.
Sony has announced a new set of PlayStation games that will support Remote Play.
God of War creator David Jaffe isn't interested in returning to the franchise unless he could reinvent the template he laid down in the PlayStation 2 original.
God of War developer Sony Santa Monica is working on an "unannounced new IP".
God of War Master Collection will bundle all the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PSP games in Sony's action series into a single release, according to a listing on Amazon Germany.
A new job advertisement posted by Sony Santa Monica suggests a multiplayer future for the God of War series.
God of War III game director Stig Asmussen has revealed that former directors David Jaffe and Cory Barlog had different ideas about how to end the series.
Sony's God of War Trilogy will be released on 30th April, and the publisher's told Eurogamer that retail partners for the three-game bundle are being worked out now.
Sony has announced that a God of War III demo will be included in the God of War Collection this autumn.
Sony has announced God of War Collection for PlayStation 3 - a single Blu-ray disc home to 720p versions of God of War.
Due out "this holiday season" (Christmas in old money), the revamped PS2 games also benefit from unlockable Trophies.
According to the US PlayStation blog, God of War Collection will cost $39.99 over there.
It seems Sony could re-release old PS2 games on Blu-ray in the future - specifically, God of War I and II.
David Jaffe has said he is "happy" with the choice of Brett Ratner as director of the God of War film.
Sony and developer David Jaffe have been sued for allegedly copying other people's ideas in the God of War series of games.
God of War creator David Jaffe has declared that while he still enjoys playing action adventure games these days, he's right fed up of making the things.
David Jaffe has indicated that God of War may eventually become a trilogy of games.
Sony's David Jaffe, game director and lead designer on excellent PS2 title God of War, has revealed that his forthcoming PSP game is going to be less about what he personally wants to see and more about reaching a larger audience.
Universal Pictures has bought the rights to create a film adaptation of Sony Computer Entertainment's critically acclaimed PlayStation 2 action-adventure, God of War, according to trade Variety magazine.
David Jaffe, creator of top PS2 action adventure God of War, has confirmed that he's currently working on a new game for PSP.