As formally announced on the official PlayStation Blog earlier this morning, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, the second handheld epic in Kratos's increasingly gory god-slaying series of hack-n-slashers, has been saddled with a November 2nd release date, as well as a pre-order pack "worthy of the gods."
Bigger, badder, and bloodier than it's portable predecessor, God of War: Ghost of Sparta is said to boast 25% more gameplay than 2008's God of War: Chains of Olympus, as well as the ability to render more simultaneous enemy encounters, and even more monumental boss battles.
The game's "ultimate DLC" pre-order pack will hit retailers on the game's official release date of November 2nd, and will boast an impressive array of God of War goodies for myth-savvy series diehards:
* Ghost of Sparta Original Soundtrack -- Be part of the legacy, and relive the emotional soundscape of defiance and rage through the original soundtrack.
* PSP Theme - Are you the ultimate God of War fan? Prove it with the God of War: Ghost of Sparta theme.
* PS3 Dynamic Theme -- Fully animated in constant motion, personalize your PS3 system with the official God of War Dynamic Theme.
* PlayStation Network Avatar -- Be one of the few to own the exclusive Kratos Avatar only available through this pre-order.
* Legionnaire Skin -- Discover the origins of the Spartan warrior as you experience God of War: Ghost of Sparta as Legionnaire Kratos.
* EXCLUSIVE Game Directors Documentary -- A full length featured video roundtable with all of the past and present Game Directors for the God of War franchise in front of a live studio audience, including: David Jaffe, Cory Barlog, Stig Asmussen, Ru Weerasuiya and Dana Jan.
Also planned is the God of War: Ghost of Sparta Entertainment Pack. Retailing at $199, the Pack will feature a black-and-red two-toned PSP 3000, a copy of God of War: Ghost of Sparta, a PlayStation Network download voucher for God of War: Chains of Olympus, a UMD Movie copy of Kick-Ass, and a 2 GB Memory Stick Pro Duo.
Of course, Ghost of Sparta will still release pack-less and excess-free at its original $39.99 price-tag come November 2nd.