Chains of Olympus breaking March 4

Ready at Dawn dates God of War's PSP debut; special-edition demo disc out at the end of September.

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Though it's unclear when God of War 3 will skewer the PlayStation 3, the series' debut on the PlayStation Portable now has a firm date. Today, during a visit to Ready at Dawn, GameSpot was told by the developer that God of War: Chains of Olympus will go on sale March 4, 2008.

God of War: Chains of Olympus has not yet been priced or rated. However, given the Greek mythology-inspired series' ultraviolent nature, an M-for-Mature rating is almost assured. Once again, the game will star Kratos, the fierce Spartan who took on the gods themselves in the first two games. Chains tells an original story set between the unfortunate death of Kratos' family and the start of the original God of War, which sees the warrior tracking down monsters in a fantastical version of ancient Greece.

[UPDATE] Despite the jam-packed nature of this holiday season, March will seem like a long time for many to play Chains of Olympus. Ready at Dawn agrees, and will give North American gamers a God of War fix early. At the end of September, those who signed up for the game's demo earlier this year on the game's official Web site will receive a special-edition demo UMD containing a portion of a playable level as well as additional content, including a behind-the-scenes video of the game's development. A standard demo UMD, featuring only the level portion, will be available later in the year.

For more information, check back Monday for GameSpot's exclusive preview of God of War: Chains of Olympus, which will include a look at a previously unseen level, as well as interviews with the game's design team.

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