Ghost of Sparta haunting PSP November 2

Ready at Dawn's latest portable instalment in brutal action adventure given holiday marching orders; two-tone PSP-3000 bundle confirmed.

Less than three months after being revealed, the next installment of the God of War series is set to make its debut. Ready at Dawn's Ghost of Sparta will be out in North America on November 2, Sony announced today. Sony has confirmed it is targeting a "November release window" in Europe for the title, but has not confirmed a date in the region.

Nothing quite encapsulates the holiday spirit like dismembering mythological beasts.

The latest instalment in the multimillion selling PlayStation-exclusive franchise will also be available as part of hardware bundle in the region. The God of War: Ghost of Sparta Entertainment Pack contains the game, a two-tone red and black PSP-3000, a download voucher for God of War: Chains of Olympus, a copy of recent comic-book action movie Kick-Ass on UMD, and a 2GB Memory Stick Duo. Sony has yet to confirm a release date or hardware bundle availability for other regions.

Ghost of Sparta is the second God of War game to be released on Sony's portable. The title is being developed at Irvine, California-based Ready at Dawn, which also handled development duties for Kratos' only other PSP outing, Chains of Olympus.

Ghost of Sparta was first revealed in May and was recently on show at Comic-Con in San Diego. In July, it won the Best Handheld Game category at the E3 Critics Awards.

Sony also announced a preorder package for the game that includes a making-of feature with commentary from David Jaffe, Cory Barlog, Stig Asmussen, Dana Jan, and others "in the same room for a roundtable discussion."

Beyond the documentary, preorderers will also receive the Ghost of Sparta soundtrack, a God of War PSP theme, a dynamic God of War PlayStation 3 theme, a Kratos avatar for use on the PlayStation Network, and an in-game Legionnaire skin for Kratos.

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72 comments
angelp2004
angelp2004

I'm lame. I just found about the bundle yesterday when I went to Gamestop to preorder the game. I'm super duper excited!!! 2 weeks before my birthday and this awesome game comes out. What a present!

LURCH87
LURCH87

pre-order package sounds sweet

Freethinker101
Freethinker101

This will be the first PSP game I buy at full price, on release day.

OrianaDorta
OrianaDorta

I hope they release the bundle in europe too

Dr_Jackal
Dr_Jackal

Can't wait for this to come out!

geomyr
geomyr

great this would be ready before christmass whahahahahaa nice one :)

frankj22
frankj22

Chains of Olympus was the first game of the franchise I played, This one gonna be great too. Bashing people, ripping limbs off and gore finishing is always satisfy.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@kavadias1981 - you most certainly should... the first and second one are stunning games. You won't believe they were PS2 material... :o

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I actually need to catch up on my GoW games. I have only ever played half of the first game and all of Chains of Olympus. Must get the PS3 collection and then Ghost. Slashy slashy.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

Last game I completed on PSP was Chains of Olympus 2 years ago, which I easily thought was the PSP's greatest game. Can't wait for the Ghost of Sparta. Need to make sure my PSP phat still works though.

metalgear-solid
metalgear-solid

And you people called the PSP a failure! Just look at this years games!

Elann2008
Elann2008

Another God of War PSP Bundle? :P I'm not looking for anything innovative at all but is this marketing tactic a bit repetitive? Eh.. I guess Sony needs any kind of help from the God of War.

AheronSlave
AheronSlave

@ Zerosumgame Yes yes yes, we know, 'GoW' is just refining, not redefining. It's been said so many times, it got boring to hear. Play the damn game, enjoy the dismemberment, and shut up. If you want something innovative, go search for indie stuff. If you want something all around good, go play 'Metro 2033', God knows that game needs to get known better. As for me, I think I'll be getting a new PSP for this. Mine is pretty banged up.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

Red and Black PSP? that's sounds awesome!

gzg9jg
gzg9jg

This is one hell of a bundle. Family start saving for my birthday gift, 'cuz this is what I want.

Kezman118
Kezman118

Definitely the best way to survive through 14 hour flight from Manchester to Hong Kong for me. Loved Chains of Olympus, and looking at this, its time to start dusting out my PSP again.

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

The whole God of War thing is a little bit of a hype. Honestly this game is not the most innovative, or if there is anything inspiring at all. Game play is slightly above avg, graphics might be good on PS3 but they are not great on PSP, on the other hand MGS peace walker really really surprised me. This release isn't going to be on my list and I bet fps won't be that good either.

rynmls
rynmls

waiting for the release of this game...

haris9211
haris9211

PSP is rapeing the game franchise right now.

haris9211
haris9211

@Gelugon_baat I loved that movie! :P

lewser5
lewser5

Wow thats alot of stuff just for pre-orders. Now i am wondering which retailer will get what pre-order.

Torque203
Torque203

killa32130 yes i have, ive played killzone liberation and im watching someone play peace walker and it can be so much more and your asking me questions and answering them for me. good one, o and i have seen 360 and ps3 in planes and cars.

BloodMist
BloodMist

The God of War games are always great, and this sounds like a nice bundle, as they usually have.Not horrible like that Madden one, heh heh.

agurio
agurio

Why people search for "the bads" in a game like this. Oh, you finished it in less than 7 hours...? So what?!?! Play it again!! It's fantastic. Is it too short? But wow.. an epic movie doesn't last that long.. and if it did, you'd say it's too long. Man, it's God of War in the palm of your hands. You can play it anywhere. Isn't that good enough??!? You'll be welcome back to my PSP Ghost of Sparta!

MATERAZZI_23
MATERAZZI_23

I want Valkyria Chronicles 2, Monster Hunter 3rd, Third Birthday and THIS!

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

If it is anything like GoW: chains than this is high on my list. Why would anyone sell their psp?

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

so apparantly what this guy way down there is saying you know the one who has all the thumb downs....is that the DS and Gameboys are crappy and terrible...lemme tell you hes so right! *sarcasm*

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Wish you could play PSP games on PS3. I don't want to spend $150 just to play 4-6 PSP games I am interested in.

killa32130
killa32130

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tryagainlater
tryagainlater

The first one was pretty great and I'm hoping for this one to be even better.

cjasko94
cjasko94

I sold my PSP not to long ago..

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

@nurjra mm i never liked people who doesnt like God of war games oh wait they arent FUN EITHEEEEEEEER!!!!!!!!!!!! cool thing im not gonna have to wait till Dec damn goooood news!!!!

nurjra
nurjra

I never liked the God of War games, they just weren't fun.

DarthShake
DarthShake

I just finished Chains of Olympus last night! It was really good but it seemed kinda short. I passed on the last Metal Gear Solid PSP bundle so I will probably get this one if it looks good. Kick-Ass is a nice bonus!

dukre115
dukre115

I hope to collect all in the series but what is the story behind this one?

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

If its below 250$ then im gonna get the bundle for sure

BFKZ
BFKZ

Wow...i love the release date :D

crabapple87
crabapple87

I do wish they released for ps3 aswell. :(

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@Torque203 You are aware that God of War 1 & 2 were on PS2 right? and that they looked almost identical to the PSP versions of the game? The PSP versions are legitimately awesome in their own right and add the convenience of being able to play a Kratos adventure on the go. It sounds to me that you're just a person who doesn't own a PSP and therefore doesn't want PSP owners to be happy.

jagfan44
jagfan44

The PSP is awesome. A lot of people complain about the lack of quality titles for the PSP, but this is another reason why it rocks. November can't come soon enough.

zevy100
zevy100

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Torque203
Torque203

This is such a waste of time and effort, why do they insist on making water down games for the psp. if these games came out on theps3 it would make tons of money but no lets make a god of war on psp to help the sales. games are played with remote controls (not the wii control or the new ps3 push go or what ever and natal. and isnt that a term used for a treaty. what ever not for real gamers just casual ones.) o and hand held give me a break games are played on the tv not on a little tiny screen thats smaller than my hand

crabcola
crabcola

Chains of Olympus was the first game I ever bought/played on PSP. It was awesome!! It feels just like playing the real thing on PS2! I can't wait for this. In fact, I just replayed 1 and 2 on the new PS3 release. Haven't started 3 yet.

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

Never thought I'd say this, but the PSP is looking pretty damn rock over the next few months. Valkyria Chronicles 2, Birth by Sleep, 3RD Birthday, Ace Combat AA, Ys Seven, Patapon 3 and Ghost of Sparta all arriving between now and November is one hell of a line up.