In a recent interview with Game Informer, Sony Senior Vice President of Product Development Shuhei Yoshida talked about a number of things. One of these topics pertained to the fact that God of War II, a best-selling and critically acclaimed title considered by many to be one of the last great PS2 games, almost ended up on the PS3.
According to Yoshida, certain departments within the team believed it to be a good idea to put Kratos’ second adventure on their new platform, while others wanted to make one final splash on the PS2.
“We had a lot of debates about it, actually. I always firmly stood by keeping it on PS2. Many people, including marketing, suggested that maybe it should be moved to PS3. What I believed was that God of War II would be the best-selling and best game of the year. We had always seen that, at the launch of a platform, the developer has to spend a lot of time becoming familiar with the platform and software tools. Technical issues take up a lot of the development, perhaps leaving less time for really polishing the game. Towards the end of a platform is when you see really great games, after developers really begin to understand the hardware.”
It’s tough to argue that logic. After all, God of War II featured something like four times as much content as the original, and executed it all with incredible presentation, epic scale and heaps of gore. Had the team been forced to work with the relatively new tech associated with the PS3, things might not have turned out so well. As Yoshida points out, it was only fair to the team that they get to finish what they started on the platform they started on.
“In the God of War franchise,” he continued, “I saw an opportunity for the Santa Monica team to complete their vision for the second game on a platform they totally understood. That was my argument and the company and team supported it. I’m very happy with the result. So to your question, I have never regretted the fact that we released God of War II on PS2.”
Seems like things worked out in the end, as God of War II is considered by many to be one of the best action games ever made, and I believe that’s largely due to the fact that it was made with very familiar technology, and not as a semi-tech demo for a new console. Good call Sony.
Source: Game Informer