It’s been officially announced today via a blog post on the Playstation Blog written by Santa Monica Studio’s creative director Cory Barlog that the upcoming Playstation exclusive God Of War has gone gold.
Going gold is an important milestone for a game. In fact, it is one of the ‘big two’ really. You have getting ‘greenlit’, which kicks off the real development of your title, and ‘going gold’ as the two most important milestones in a game’s development cycle. The latter is the rite of passage that lets the team — and, more importantly, the world — know that the game’s development is pretty much complete. All that remains is the manufacturing and shipping part of the process.
The post then goes on to credit the entire team at Santa Monica Studio’s for their enormous effort throughout the 5 year development time.
Going gold means so much more to me with this game. It has been a long and exhausting journey filled with laughs, arguments, and a healthy dose of fear – with a side of doubt. This was the scariest, most wonderful thing I have ever done and I can honestly say it would never have been possible without the full-throated support of Sony and the tireless work of the incredible team at Santa Monica Studio.
Along with the going gold announcement a new behind the scenes video was included in the post showing off how the team achieved the crazy goal of having the game be presented as one continuous shot with no cuts. Check it out below.
If you’re as excited as us that God of War has gone gold, be sure to check back in April when we post our thoughts on the game in our review.
In the mean time you can stay up to date with all things God of War by following Santa Monica Studio’s on Twitter.