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God of War Artist Denies PS4 Downgrade

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Sony finally revealed the launch date for the upcoming God of War PS4 reboot through a brand new story trailer.

Fans of the series haven’t stopped talking about the trailer since it dropped alongside its release date earlier this week. There’s even been some praise for much needed character development for Kratos. Something that can be seen and felt in that short story tease.

It wouldn’t be a trailer for a big game without the odd call of ‘Downgrade?’ harking through the halls of reddit and the like though. So it’s perhaps unsurprising that some gamers were to quick to point out differences in the visual aesthetic between the E3 2016 reveal and the latest trailer. Some even going as far as calling it out for that most heinous of crimes, the downgrade. Fear not though God of War fans, as the the principal artist behind the game has come out clarifying why certain scenes look different this time.

“What has changed is just the direction of light and fog, the content is the same as the E3 trailer, but different context, you will understand when you play. The Jormungandr, Kratos and Atreus continue exactly like the trailer are comparing with other scenes and lights. I’m laughing seeing the comments :)”

There it is, this isn’t a case of visual downgrade. It’s worth mentioning too that compression may have played a part in it. Even if it were true, I’m sure a lot of game’s would love to look as strikingly handsome as a supposedly downgraded God of War.

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Raf Grassetti also tweeted out with a few screenshots from the trailer showcasing the highly polished visuals which makes up for the entire game around 25+ hours of it.

God of War is out exclusively for PS4 on April 20th, 2018.

  • Albert Belle

    Ah everything is back to normal for everyone. Everyone is kissing Nintendo’s ass, everything Sony does with their games is one stupid controversy after another and people still pretend that Microsoft ever did anything else but try to squeeze every penny out of gamers, create terrible gaming habits and policies and limp behind either Sony or Nintendo. I thought things had evolved or gotten better but no. We always get back to this again.

    • Andre Cabral

      thanks man,fuck this shit im really tired and actually sad of the direction gaming journalism id going,they dont care about good games,only xbox and ms is doing the right thing wich is no games but that is fine right? and also trying to be all digitil ( so DDRM will be back) and evey ms and xbox fans are ok with it/

      • Ucouldntbemorewrong

        Soon a day will come when it’s all digital delivery. And on that day when a developer no longer want’s a certain game out in the world they can just delete it from existence. Just like PT or the Transformers games etc. Or an old version of COD people won’t move on from. MS Game Pass as of now seems like an awesome deal for gamers as is. But once fully rolled out in years to come, it just might not be.
        Be careful what you wish for people.

      • sukTHEfac

        Lol you might just be guilty of selective reading. The industry kisses everyone’s ass unless a company doesn’t have 50/50 racial and gender representation

        • J.j. Barrington

          None of them have 50/50 racial and gender representation, so nobody’s butt is getting kissed, according to you.

          • sukTHEfac

            I used hyperbole to make a point. Yeah that flew right over your head. Stop taking abstract and hypothetical concepts so literally lmao

          • J.j. Barrington

            Sure you did.

          • sukTHEfac

            So…? That key fact doesn’t change your tone?

    • Mosh

      Microsoft took away childhood from children only to make them learn how to take games seriously, play competitively and scream in halo or cod. Kids who should’ve been enjoying Crash, Spyro, Rachet, Jak, Sly, Kingdom Hearts, LittleBigPlanet, Ni No Kuni and other highly rated franchises that you can take a break from any time and relax in.

      Ripped off less intelligent gamers with Red rings of death, paid online while ps3’s OPTIONAL ps plus gave you games like God of War, Shadow of the Colossus, Demon’s Souls, Okami etc. Only started giving them games for it when Sony did. Even though they already lost hundreds on that Xbox live, Microsoft saved money on hardware by making Xbox One 900p (even though they were already about 10x richer than Sony…) and making them play in that resolution for 4 years, until finally 1 year after PS4 Pro, (waited even more for hardware to get even cheaper), they dropped the Xbox One X. For 500 POUNDS!!! As if waiting a year for hardware to get cheaper after the PS4 pro & 900p wasn’t enough! It triggers me that they exploited these poor people like that.

    • sukTHEfac

      i’m kissing Nintendo’s ass because they deserve it. Do you think they don’t?

      • Albert Belle

        I liked Nintendo back in the day too but I NEVER kissed their asses. they have made many mistakes, missteps, cons, lies, exaggerations over the years no different than Sony and Microsoft has but people always act like they are perfect and have NEVER done anything wrong or underhanded. Perfect example is the claim that Nintendo always innovates and invents everything and the truth is many of their stuff was taken and copied from other companies.

        The start and select button. the analog stick, game cartridges, memory cards, rumble pack, light gun. All taken from other companies and made as if it was their own. Don’t get me wrong. The Sony, Sega and Nintendo rivalry has made some of the best years of gaming in the history of gaming but I refuse to just constantly lick their boots and pretend that they are perfect when they are far from it.

        If you are going to kick around and question Sony and Microsoft for EVERYTHING they do or might do wrong you have to do the exact same to them too. Example, gaming sites and gamers drone on about how Sony and Microsoft’s consoles are just outdated computers and how their games underperform while PCs do so much more but when Nintendo comes out with something even lower on the performance scale no one ever talks about how their PC or even tablet can outperform it or read off and drone on about specs compared to Sony, Microsoft and PCs. The moment GOW even looks like it might be less than what they showed people start to foam at the mouth. But Nintendo can make inferior ports of games and people just shrug their shoulders. Nag and berate them about missing features, 1080p, 4K, inferior ports, low level graphics, lack of use for peripherals etc too. Hold them to the same standards instead of separate standards just for them.

        • sukTHEfac

          Calm down. I was referring to the incredibly popular opinion – one I easily agree with – that Nintendo right now is doing mostly everything right.

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster
          • sukTHEfac

            Youve had many salty cookies already I see LOL

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            Thanks for watching the video. 😉

        • Dylan Hopson

          Over half of those WERE invented by Nintendo actually, as in they filed the first patent for the technology. With the exception of the analog stick which was invented first by Atari.

          You also seem to have completely forgot the definition of the word innovation: taking something somebody else did and do it better, innovation and invention are not the same thing at all.

          • Albert Belle

            No half of those were not invented by Nintendo and they couldn’t have filed the patents since other gaming systems were using them. And whether you want to argue if it is invention or innovation it was neither in these cases. It was just an example of Nintendo using things that people already were using. They didn’t make the cartridges or the start button or the analog stick or light gun or memory card better. They just used what already existed. but since modern games are clueless about gaming history they just assume it was Nintendo.

            Bet you didn’t know it was Tiger electronics who started using cartridges and made the start button for their handheld gaming devices. Just like people don’t know that it wasn’t Microsoft that first made achievements or online game stores or that Super Mario Galaxy wasn’t the first game to use spherical worlds or Gears of War wasn’t the first third person shooter to use cover based mechanics. People just fawn over who ever trumpets it as their success and barely ever look back at their origins or give the original people any credit for their inventions OR their innovation.

            In fact half the gamers now think Nintendo invented and innovated EVERY single thing thing that shaped gaming. Does anyone give Sony the credit they so rightly deserve for making multimedia consoles or new formats to play games on or the twin analog sticks? No. They claim Sony has done NOTHING for gaming and all they do is copy Nintendo and pretend that all they did was invent and innovate and NEVER took anything from anyone else and just used it for their own purposes. So as soon as anything looks even similar to what Nintendo is doing they are thieves and copycats. But when Nintendo makes anything similar to anyone else even with the slightest improvement they are innovators. Were they copycats when they took the analog stick, start button, memory card and cartridges for their own? Nope. They are INNOVATORS just like copycats are just flattering you.

    • Hans Wurst

      That’s exactly what MS have been doing since day one, great analysis.

    • Al Buns

      You are absolutely right. I own a Switch, but it’s nothing special. I just want to play a few games. They did put out some games though, unlike MS.

    • ClanPsi

      That M$ part is still true, unfortunately. 🙁

  • sukTHEfac

    “a Sony rep said this, so therefore you know it’s the truth”

    – a Playstation centric website

    lol your bias couldn’t be more obvious. This is like the Trump News Network, but for Playstation.

    • J.j. Barrington

      You mean a Sony DEV said it about the game he’s making?

      What was that about bias?

      • sukTHEfac

        Nope, I’m referring to the tone of this article, not what the artist said. Why do I have to explain this? Seems pretty straightforward.

        • J.j. Barrington

          “a Sony rep said this, so therefore you know it’s the truth”

          The fact is that it wasn’t just a Sony rep, but the game’s artist. That justifies the “so you know it’s the truth” tone of the article you seem to take issue with. It’s not an indication of bias, but an understanding that somebody working on the art of the game is, in all likelihood, not lying.

          Seems pretty straightforward, indeed.

          • sukTHEfac

            Anybody who works on the game is most likely contractually obligated to speak positively. Regardless, even without a contract, it would incentivise the artist to falsify information because more sales = better for him. Simple concept, no?

            “all likelyhood” based on what, a hunch? Mine comes down to incentive I. E. If you work on a product, you are incentivised to say good things about that product regardless of truthfulness.

            You’re off of a hunch. I’m practicing economics 101 lessons grounded in centuries of study.

          • J.j. Barrington

            “I’m practicing economics 101 lessons grounded in centuries of study.”

            Sure, you are.

          • sukTHEfac

            Well you wouldn’t know now, would you? Look up “economics incentive” in Google and let me know when you’ve caught up.

            BTW I love how you deny my claim with “sure you are” without any intelligent rebuttal to back it up. I have my degree in it 🙂 what do you have?

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            Gotta work on your strawman argument. Be concise and a gentlemen about it. 🙂

          • sukTHEfac

            You admitted to not knowing. Facts don’t care about your feelings.

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            Considering you fell into my bait trap and replying to everything I say means you are desperate. 😉

          • sukTHEfac

            To add – the fact that you’re unable to see the very obvious bias in an employee making a claim about its company’s product is disconcerting…with that mentality we’d let our corporations make all the decisions for us.

          • J.j. Barrington

            lol, that’s ridiculous. So who would be unbiased? You?

          • sukTHEfac

            You must be a teenager because you’re having a hard time grasping a very simple concept.

            For instance, the report would have had far more validity had a random, off the street experienced graphic artist said this. But that didn’t happen.

            I do not have a problem with the fact that the artist is in a position of bias. That’s inevitable and natural. I’m against the notion that the author of this article is taking everything as fact rather than a claim that needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

          • Hans Wurst

            STFU you’re spinning too much!

          • sukTHEfac

            How so? You need to elaborate when making such broad claims.

            Just because you can’t consider another take doesn’t mean it’s “spinning”.

            Care to elaborate exactly how I’m “spinning”? Bet you won’t. And can’t.

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            He is 😉

          • J.j. Barrington

            “He’s probably right, but that’s not the topic under our particular discussion.”

            Yeah, actually, it is. Since you seem to be doubting his claim based on “Well, you work for the company, so your opinion is invalid,” rather than addressing WHAT was said in dispute of the supposed downgrade.

          • sukTHEfac

            You’re wrong again. Please start over before you roll off a cliff.

            I’m not denying he’s correct. I explicitly said this very thing! Selective reading much? Whether he’s right or wrong has NOTHING to do with the fact that there are natural biases to recognize.

          • J.j. Barrington

            And you have no natural biases?

            The point is that bias is irrelevant if he’s right. You bringing that up in the odd way that you did is a rather obvious attempt to undermine the veracity of the claim.

            It’s a bit like an Alabama saying “We’re number one!” and you saying, “Well, you’re a fan, so we can’t take what you say seriously. They ARE number one, so whether or not the fan is biased doesn’t matter in the slightest.

            If the artist is right, and if you admit he’s right, then your comment was pointless. Add in the “Trump” part, which implies that he’s NOT right, but lying or twisting things to suit his needs, and that mans you’ve been talking out your rear this whole time.

            You’re done.

          • sukTHEfac

            You wrote a long post, but since you are wrong in just the second sentence, let’s start there.

            How would you know he’s right without confirming with a third party? You are just going to take him at his word? I never said he was wrong, but I also never said he was right

            BTW, writing trolly things like “you’re done” shows that you have have very little confidence in your argument. It’s the equivalent of an ape pounding its chest, in lieu of intelligence.

          • J.j. Barrington

            Crap. Everyone has natural biases. You’re a poor liar.

          • sukTHEfac

            What would be my bias in this situation? And how is that bias bigger than someone who DIRECTLY WORKED ON THE GAME AND FOR SONY

          • J.j. Barrington

            Well, you can have a bias for games like God of War, if you’re a fan of the franchise. Or against, if you’re not. You could be one of those folks that hates the idea of his son being part of the game. You may or may not like the new direction the franchise has been taken in with this game. Norse mythology may not be your thing. You could dislike that Kratos uses an axe now, rather than his traditional weapons. Bald men may just rub you the wrong way, or you could have preferred the series ended with the previous entry.

            Any of these thing and more lead to bias; contrary to popular- and, apparently, your- belief, it doesn’t require any significant attachment to the subject in question.

            Because you like the color blue, you may choose one car over another: that’s a bias. This might be in spite of you working for the other car maker.

          • sukTHEfac

            But we’re talking about technical programming and graphic design, not the enjoyment of the game. Lighting and that stuff has absolutely nothing to do with subjective enjoyment of a franchise.

            You’re really grasping at straws now.

          • J.j. Barrington

            You must be new to gaming. For years, biases have made it so even observable differences have been twisted, either by being exaggerated or downplayed according to platform preferences. In this very article is someone trying to pass off low res images as indicative of the changes, but you think there’s no impact?

            Did you know that it’s scientifically proven that you enjoy your preferred brands more than the competition? You think it’s much of a leap for those sorts of biases to work in the opposite direction, too?

            Wake up.

          • sukTHEfac

            You’re off the rails again. You’re talking about biases in general. I’m talking about a SPECIFIC context, wherein an employee of an unreleased game is defending it. That’s it. Of you don’t see the bias in that, I don’t know what to tell you.

            Saying “all people have biases” is a moot point when talking about a specific situation. By your logic, the President isn’t biased for saying “I’m a great President” merely because “well all people have biases to who cares.” come on man, get real.

          • J.j. Barrington

            You quite literally don’t know what you’re talking about, do you?

            I even laid out, specifically, an example of how a relevant bias can affect perception in this very article, and you’ve somehow missed it.

            Done with you.

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            Wow the vita hater got trolled on haha

          • sukTHEfac

            I love my Vita! I still use it even with my Switch

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            I see you ranting on the PS blogs how much you have a hate fetish for vita. Sad 🙂

          • sukTHEfac

            I have two of them and probably platinum more than you little dry cunt!

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            Haha deflection at best. 😉

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            Keep stroking that e peen on video games though haha! 🙂

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            I may have lower trophy level than you buy the same guy that roasted you has more than you and is level 15 while you are at 12. https://psnprofiles.com/EnobmahChoas

            That is sad, even for you. 😉

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            Arguing on the internet is like running in the Special Olympics. Win or lose, you’re still retarded. 🙂

          • sukTHEfac

            I knew I was talking to a 12 year old edge lord. Hope you get expelled.

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            So desperate deflecting me. 🙂

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            Nah you are so salty

          • sukTHEfac

            Lol says the getting mad at and responding to months old posts hahaha

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            Says the guy ranting on PS blogs about the Vita when in fact the SIE CEO said it will be supported till 2020

          • sukTHEfac

            Lol writing paragraphs…salt! Lay off salt bad for blood pressure

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            Nice deflection 😉

          • sukTHEfac

            nice stock of salt, you selling any? your salt seems extra salty

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            Too bad you got roasted on PSN from a guy that owned you and you never had anyone on your side to roast him back. How amusing can you get. Next please! LOL

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            Face it, I am owning you on this disqus comment if it weren’t for your sad existence. Haha!

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            Rekt!

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            Trolled on haha

          • sukTHEfac

            Trolling a troll? Twice as sad lolz,!

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            So desperate, beavis and butthead fanboy lol

          • sukTHEfac

            Hell yeah. You’re a fan boy of your own moms sex tapes

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            Gotta deflect man 😉

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            You getting owned

          • J.j. Barrington

            Wait… what would make you unbiased, exactly?

          • sukTHEfac

            So by the non response I’m guessing you’ve learned something? A simple thank you would be nice.

          • Don’tBeAConsoleHipster

            The salt is strong with this one

          • sukTHEfac

            The fact that I don’t have any financial ties, legal obligations, or any other personal interest regarding the game or the claim about it.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Even if it was downgraded any it still looks better than 90% of games I’ve ever seen.

  • J.j. Barrington

    What goofs claimed there was a downgrade in the first place?

    • Hans Wurst

      The people who wished it was.

  • it WAS downgraded!
    the 2016 had trees to the left and snow, but 2018 removed the trees and had no snow!

    • andrewsqual

      Haha what happened to the E3 2016 footage being “CG”? Now a tree gets removed and the detail gets ramped up by 200% and its suddenly a downgrade and not CG quality visuals that you all thought it was. Make up you mind haters.

    • Hans Wurst

      It’s a different scene in different environment, what’s so difficult to understand about that?!

      • you’ve played the full?
        different scene with different environment?
        either you don’t know what we are talking about or you are just one of the devs

        • Hans Wurst

          The developer has stated the scene shown now plays in a different, less forest like environment. Of course you idiots don’t believe him.

    • Al Buns

      There are trees and snow in the game.

  • andrewsqual

    Make a better title. God of War artist denies PS4 Downgrade, with proof. Isn’t it hilarious how the typical haters are all saying downgrade now? What happened to the E3 2016 footage being “CG” lol???

  • Al Buns

    You mean fanboys. No fan has said it was downgraded. We hear the same thing about every Sony game since the PS3. It comes from fanboys.

  • EmpeRawD

    Even with visual evidence of an obvious graphical downgrade, they’re still trying to damage control this. SMDH. Look, the game still looks great! Period! And for all you idiot sony fanboys screaming “It’s a different scene”…STOP IT. Same scene! Less graphical fidelity! Lay off the sugar cubes

    • Hans Wurst

      It’s a different time, different weather, different lighting and different environment.

      • ClanPsi

        High-res vs low-res image. What’s your point?

        • EmpeRawD

          Return to the stables little one.

          • ClanPsi

            Okay, bud.

      • J.j. Barrington

        You chose obviously low-resolution images. Not sure who you think you’re fooling.

        • EmpeRawD

          I chose what is there for all the internet to see. You still choose to deny whats very obvious to see. Lay off the sugar cubes little pony boy

          • J.j. Barrington

            You are right that the internet can see these low res images for what they are. The internet can see that, despite your desperation, you fool no one.

          • EmpeRawD

            I know I’m right. Thanks for at least acknowledging that. Perhaps there is hope for you still. Those with working vision and actually intelligence can clearly see the downgrade. Idiot sony stans such as yourself and your little friend ClanPsi are a totally different story. Despite the pathetic damage control from the devs and the idiot defense force which you are clearly apart of…those like me are not fooled. Lay off the sugar cubes

          • J.j. Barrington

            Bye, Felicia.

          • EmpeRawD

            Man you just have to love these sensitive little weaklings that hit you with the “Bye, Felecia” response when they are indeed the ones that first responded to a comment you made. Truth hurts little one! Now return to the stables and take your little friend with you. And lay off the sugar cubes

      • Hans Wurst

        Fake footage from a fake video using degraded, low resolution footage which looks much better in the real trailer. You were saying?!

    • ClanPsi

      Are you feeling okay? Might want to get your eyes checked.

  • ClanPsi

    Who said it’s a downgrade? I think it looks better. Good job, devs! You’re awesome! EA, Ubisoft and M$ could learn something here.

  • Rocky Lee

    kratos from bad ass to daddy