April 14, 2012
Rumors have been swirling around God of War IV on PlayStation 3 for some time. First revealed by New Zealand games retailer MightyApe in November of 2011, the rumors persisted into this year, when in January supposed details about both God of War IV and Syphon Filter 4 both leaked.
And then, of course, there was this past Wednesday's more obvious tease of God of War IV, with Sony itself promising a game reveal on April 19th discussing "vengeance" and "redemption."
Now, an IGN reader named Tyla Daniels has added fuel to the fire by supplying the picture below to IGN.
This shot was purportedly taken at BT Games in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Cresta Shopping Centre, and not only shows a logo for God of War IV, but asks gamers to pre-order it.
(IGN user El_Chala has pointed out in the comments below that the logo itself has been floating around the 'net for a while. Presumably, it's fan-made, and you can easily find it for yourself by searching for "God of War IV logo" on Google. Assuming the veracity of the photo itself, it appears this retailer is using the rather compelling logo they found online to solicit pre-orders.)
It's worth noting that the genre specification on the box marks GoWIV as a "shooter". Whether this is a placeholder, a mistake or... well... a sign of a very different God of War game than you may expect remains to be seen.
Of course, the boxes could be on-the-fly fabrications by the company, the picture could have been altered, or there could be some other explanation. But if it's real, it appears BT Games has jumped the gun on putting out their God of War IV promotional items.
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