Sony Santa Monica have announced that the PlayStation 5 patch for 2018’s God of War will be released tomorrow and it brings some graphical enhancements. The game is part of the PlayStation Plus collection so every PS5 owner has a copy of the game.
“On the PlayStation 4 Pro version of God of War (2018), you have a choice between two graphics modes: one that favors performance and one that favors resolution,” say Sony Santa Monica. The ‘Enhanced Performance Experience’ will at 2160p and 60FPs with 4K Checkerboard Resolution. The other option is the original PlayStation 4 Pro mode which gives you 4K Checkerboard Resolution at 30 FPS.
You will also be transfer your saves from the PlayStation 4 version in to the PS5 game. Carrying your progression from current to next-gen has been fumbled by Sony, with cross-gen titles such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla seeing Ubisoft and others have to create a bespoke cloud storage with which they can let you transfer your progress across. Meanwhile, the developers of other games such as Dirt 5 and Yakuza Like a Dragon do not have such an infrastructure behind them on PlayStation, leaning on standard Smart Delivery on Xbox to allow you to take all your progression with you from one version of the game to the next. Unless you want to start over, it’s a bit of a minefield for cross-gen games.
God of War is not a cross-gen game though, and the standard backward compatibility rules apply. You can copy all your PlayStation 4 save files over to PlayStation 5 via USB storage, the system data transfer tool or the PS+ cloud storage.
Dark Horse Comics recently announced God of War: Fallen God. The first issue in their mini-series will be published on March 10th and is being penned by Chris Roberson who also wrote the previous Dark Horse God of War comics.
What makes Fallen God particularly intriguing is that it will bridge the gap between 2018’s God of War soft reboot and the original trilogy. Although the newest game in the series hints at how Kratos made his way to the Norse realms after laying waste to ancient Greece, there’s a missing chapter there that is never explored in detail. Fallen God will seemingly serve as a link between God of War III and God of War, as outlined in its blurb:
Can a man ever be free of his past? Can the tides of time ever wash away the bloody sands of sin? Or do transpired trespasses permanently and inescapably stain one’s soul?
After conquering Zeus and thwarting Athena, Kratos believes himself to be finally free from his bondage. He sets sail for the desert in an attempt to distance himself from his home and his shame only to find his rage and guilt follow close behind. Kratos rages against the one foe that has proven to be unconquerable–himself. But a war against oneself is unwinnable, and only invites madness.