Broadband network Heavy.com will debut a new Machinima series that was created in partnership with Sony as part of its pre-promotion for the release of God of War. This marks the first time that a studio-endorsed Machinima will reach a broadcast-scale audience through cable or broadband.
Machinima (machine animation) is the convergence of filmmaking, animation and game development. Made popular by Red vs. Blue (based on Halo and also available on Heavy.com), the process involves using the game controller to manipulate the characters on screen and dubbing in a new soundtrack.
In Pimp My Weapon, the character of Kratos-a fearsome Spartan warrior driven by pure revenge - is now Ron Johnson, host of a How-To show. Ron Johnson is a Bob Villa-like character in this how-to program on creating the ultimate weapons and the proper way to bust skulls.
God Of War is a single-player combat action-adventure, based on the dark world of Ancient Greek mythology. Players take on the role of the infamous warrior Kratos, caught up in an engrossing narrative of violence, madness and revenge in which brutal combat is combined with fiendish puzzle-solving.
The game makes powerful use of the darkly imaginative world of Ancient Greek mythology, where the realms of the mortal and the divine collide in a pervasive atmosphere of brute force and violence. Playing as Kratos, throughout the game players will wield double blades bound to his body by long chains, weapons symbolic of this vicious world to which he is bound and the fate from which he seeks to escape.
Featuring an hour of cinematic sequences and a deep combat system incorporating context-sensitive actions and an extensive range of combos, God Of War takes players through various environments that will have them fighting fierce enemies, swinging on ropes, scaling mountain cliffs, swimming through rivers and sliding down zip lines. The game is expected in Q2, 2005.