God of War launches this week on the PlayStation 4, and if you haven’t read our glowing review yet then you know what you need to do. With such a major release right around the corner, we figured that we’d answer a handful of your most frequently asked questions pertaining to Kratos’ latest and (arguably) greatest adventure.

When does God of War release?

God of War releases exclusively on the PlayStation 4 from 20th April, 2018. This is a simultaneous worldwide launch date.

Are there any pre-order bonuses for God of War?

God of War’s pre-order bonus includes three shield skins which change the cosmetic look of Kratos’ spherical defence mechanism. These don’t alter gameplay at all. Certain retailers (like GameStop or EB Games) are also bundling in the Luck of Ages XP Talisman, which increases XP and Hacksilver gain, as well as your Luck statistic.

When will God of War’s pre-load begin?

If you pre-ordered God of War digitally, then you’ll be able to download the game a couple of days prior to release. You’ll need to wait until launch day to play, but downloads should begin on 18th April, 2018 according to Sony.

Do you need to play previous God of War games to understand the story?

The new God of War game has a self-contained storyline which you’ll be able to follow fairly easily without any prior knowledge of the franchise, however there are strong references and call-backs to previous instalments which will lose context without a general understanding of the series’ history. We’d recommend either playing through God of War III Remastered on the PS4 or watching a recap video on YouTube if you want to get the most out of the game.

How long does God of War take to complete?

It’ll take you around 25 to 30 hours to complete God of War’s main storyline, although your mileage will vary depending on how many optional tasks you complete during the journey. To 100 per cent complete the game – including finding all of the collectibles, finishing all of the side-quests, and beating all of the optional bosses – you’ll need to set aside upwards of 50 hours.

Is there a day one patch for God of War?

There is a day one patch for God of War, but the details of this are bound by Sony’s embargo. We can say it’s not an enormous one, so you should be fine.

Does God of War have a photo mode?

At launch, there is no photo mode option in God of War. However, the team at Sony Santa Monica have confirmed that this feature is in the works, and will be patched in at a later date.

Does God of War have a New Game Plus mode?

No, there’s no New Game Plus option in God of War. You can, however, continue to explore the world in its entirety after the credits have rolled.

What difficulty options does God of War have?

God of War has four different difficulty options, as outlined by the developer:

  • Give Me A Story: a light challenge allowing you to focus on the story.
  • Give Me A Balanced Experience: the default option allowing for a balanced experience.
  • Give Me A Challenge: for fans of action games, this is a challenging option.
  • Give Me God of War: re-balanced for maximum challenge, includes unique AI behaviour and enemy placements. Cannot be changed once selected.

Upon changing the difficulty in-game, you'll have to restart at the nearest checkpoint. It's worth reiterating that 'Give Me God of War' cannot be changed, however.

Does God of War have a multiplayer mode?

No, God of War is a strictly single player experience. There are no multiplayer features in the game at all, and you can enjoy everything it has to offer offline.

Will God of War have any DLC?

Sony hasn’t confirmed any DLC for God of War at the time of typing. It’s possible that the game may be extended with an expansion pack similar to the one released for Horizon: Zero Dawn, but this is purely speculation on our part, and nothing has been announced.

Does God of War have microtransactions?

There are no microtransactions at all in God of War.

Do you need a PS4 Pro to play God of War?

No, you can play God of War on a standard PS4 and have a great experience. On a standard PS4, God of War runs at 30 frames-per-second in 1080p; on a PS4 Pro, the game runs at 30 frames-per-second in checkerboard 2160p. The PS4 Pro also includes an option to lower the resolution to 1080p and run with an unlocked 60 frames-per-second target.

Does God of War support 4K or HDR?

Yes, God of War includes 4K support on the PS4 Pro. The game renders in checkerboard 2160p at 30 frames-per-second on the PS4 Pro. Both the PS4 Pro and standard PS4 offer HDR support, but only with compatible television screens.

What is included in the God of War Stone Mason Edition?

God of War’s Stone Mason Edition is its primary Collector’s Edition. In addition to including the game in a Steelbook Case, it also features a 9” Kratos and Atreus statue, four 2” carvings, an exclusive lithograph, a cloth map, the Stone Mason’s ring, and a keychain featuring Mimir’s talking head. You’ll also get some in-game content, including the Defender of the Chosen Shield, the Exile’s Guardian Shield, the Death’s Vow Armour set, a God of War digital comic, a God of War digital art book, and a dynamic theme.

You can purchase the God of War Stone Mason Edition through here.

Is there a God of War PS4 Pro bundle?

Yes, there is a God of War PS4 Pro bundle which features custom artwork inspired by Kratos’ axe. This can be purchased from Amazon in the United States, but is exclusive to GAME in the UK.


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