If you make something with passion, that passion is contagious”
- Emmanuel Mojica Rosas
On June 13th, 2016, that unforgettable day at E3 when we announced a new beginning for God of War to the world, there was a very special person sitting with us. Emmanuel Mojica Rosas is an extraordinary fan with an unwavering passion for God of War, whose story we told in a 2016 series called “Makers and Gamers”. You can relive his story and that moment here.
Fast forward to now, the 1 year Anniversary of our new God of War, and what better way to bring Emmanuel’s unforgettable story full circle than by completing his journey, bringing him back to where it all started. We knew Emmanuel was trying to attain a Guinness World Record for the largest God of War memorabilia collection (he’s now at 583 items!), so we partnered with our dear friends at Guinness to help bring this amazing moment to life. It wouldn’t have been as amazing unless it had that same element of surprise that we had back in 2016, when Emmanuel had no idea he would see the debut of God of War live! So...we flew Emmanuel back out to Santa Monica Studio, and gathered over 200 people from our team in the lobby with the official Guinness World Records adjudicator, to create a moment that will live on in Santa Monica Studio lore (and in everyone’s minds) truly forever. We didn’t write this script, but by the fate of the gods it went even better than we could have ever dreamed. For Emmanuel, it has changed his life, again. And that is what we truly wanted to do. That is what we truly wanted to do, hit the play button:
What else can we say about that? The feels, the emotion, the passion, these stories drive us beyond belief. We're extremely grateful for every fan of God of War, we can't do this without you.
This week we are celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the launch of God of War. We’re pulling out all the stops, with every piece of our heart beating for God of War. Of course, we also want to grow the God of War audience, so naturally we have a killer 40% off Anniversary Sale happening on the PlayStation Store right now. More importantly, if you can’t tell, we’re also honoring our fans (though we try to do that 365 days a year). In celebration of the Anniversary, we’re proud to reveal some incredible new merchandise from our friends at Mondo. This poster, collection of pins, and statuette figurine were crafted by some amazing artists and will be going live very soon. Head over to the special God of War Mondo page to sign-up for on-sale alerts. They’ll go fast!
And that's not all. Fight to save Midgard from the catastrophic event of Ragnarök! Coming soon, God of War: The Card Game from the very talented folks at CMON Games.
We will keep saying it, thank you, thank you, thank you. We have a long journey ahead.
Watch Raising Kratos
Raising Kratos is more than just a “making of,” this cinematic journey of second chances rooted in family, sacrifice, struggle and doubt follows game director Cory Barlog and those who chase perfection in art and storytelling. Witness the incredible defeats, the unpredictable outcomes and the down-to-the-wire tension on full display in this true-life redemption story.
Announcing Raising Kratos
On the one year anniversary of its release, we’re excited to share this peek 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.
Together we all dream big dreams. Dreaming big has led to an amazing sense of accomplishment for all of us here at Santa Monica Studio and it’s the belief in that dream that kept us going, from the very moment we set out to create a new beginning for God of War.
Your Greatest Challenge
Valhalla! What comes to mind when you think of this word? Most people will think of the grand hall in Norse mythology, where great warriors gather after their death. A few of you, however, will have flashbacks of being heel-stomped to death by a masked angel with metallic wings. This article is dedicated to you!