Announcing Raising Kratos, a God of War Documentary

“Doubt is the demon that lives in the ear of every person in this industry…” — Cory Barlog

It’s only fitting on the one-year Anniversary, we’re excited to share this peak behind the curtain of God of War’s very own Santa Monica Studio with a trailer for our upcoming film, Raising Kratos. This full-length feature documentary, coming very soon to PlayStation YouTube, is an exploration into the massive undertaking it took to change the course of the God of War franchise.

More importantly, this is the first time PlayStation took a chance in telling a story about the ‘People’ who created this work of art. After nearly three years in production, and 400 hours of footage, please follow this cinematic journey of second chances rooted in family, sacrifice, struggle, and doubt.

The ultimate goal was to go beyond a ‘making of’ piece and dig deeper into the experiences of those who spend relentless time and effort into making something great. All creative endeavors, especially those of this magnitude, require an incredible amount of dedication and focus that constantly toe the fine line that separates both success and failure. The hope is that once people see the experience of Santa Monica Studio unfold on the screen, they will recognize the undying passion for their work and the incredible respect they have for their craft. For God of War specifically, the fans have shown a great deal of love and loyalty which has earned them an everlasting seat at the Santa Monica Studio family table.

We are extremely proud to share this window into a very long journey with those who celebrate God of War as much as we do, as well as those who will discover us soon.

Up At Noon: Bad N64 Games On Switch, Suda51’s Airplane Poops, and Our Crash Bandicoot Theory

Hey! Here’s the very first episode of the all-new, fully-rebooted, flavor-blasted, industrial strength Up At Noon! In case you missed the announcement here along with our totally insane teaser trailer, we’ve taken some time to retool the show after tons of demand to bring it back. From celebrity and game developer interviews to lists, unboxings, and nonsense, Up at Noon has long been a cornerstone of IGN and we’re ecstatic to have it return.

How have we retooled it? Well, this time around we’re taking over weekends on IGN, which is probably the best time of the week to actually wake up at noon. We’ve upped the production value a bunch, too! It’s also no longer live, and now exists primarily as a bunch of silly bite-sized segments that will be going up every weekend all across the internet, which we’ll also be stitching them together into a proper variety show exclusively on IGN, which is what this is! You’ll also be able to watch break-out clips from the show on IGN’s YouTube channel every weekend! So grab a huge bowl of sugary cereal (or a healthier breakfast or whatever) and think of it as adult Nickelodeon or a live-action Saturday morning cartoon.

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Overwatch’s Cuban cars highlight a dedication to aesthetic over context

The latest Overwatch event, Storm Rising, takes our shooty-bang cast to Havana, Cuba, and the full escort map is available to noodle around in on the test servers before its launch in a couple of weeks. Like all of the game’s locations, it uses shortcuts to communicate place within the necessary constraints. There’s a rum distillery, of course, and a large sea fort presumably based on the Morro Castle. And then there are the cars.

Cuba is famously filled with 50s motors, but Overwatch’s cars are all futuristic, floating along without wheels. On most maps, they look basically the same as cars you would see today, other than their hovering capabilities, but in Havana they retain the aesthetic that you might expect. Except that doesn’t make a lot of sense.


Guide: Celebrate Game Boy’s 30th Anniversary With This Lovely Merchandise

Dress to impress.

The Nintendo Game Boy turns 30 this Sunday, and to celebrate this amazing occasion we’ll be running a series of related features this week, right up to the big day.

As the humble Game Boy’s 30th anniversary approaches, Nintendo’s classic handheld has never been cooler. If you want to make a statement about your love for all things Game Boy, then we have rounded up some of our favourite Game Boy related merchandise for your consideration.

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