Remember when Sony’s God of War franchise could do no wrong? Yeah, that was a fun three years or so. The franchise has seen better days, but Sony wants to remind you that these games were at one point on top of the world with a new remaster for the PlayStation 4.

God of War III Remastered will be released on July 14, following in the footsteps of God of War and God of War 2 which didn’t hit their full potential until getting HD ports on the PlayStation 3.

Jokes aside though, what did happen to God of War? The series stole the gaming audience’s collective heart for its first two entries. People were already calling it the greatest franchise of all time, and then just poof, it vanished into thin air. Did Kratos become too tired of a character? Did people realize that the franchise’s combat was secretly not that great?

I was never a fan, feeling that it was more production value than genuinely good ideas, but I still thought it was strong enough of a franchise not to be be derailed by an ill-advised multiplayer spin-off.

Franchises just aren’t built to last anymore, I suppose. The days of seeing a “15 or “XV” at the end of your franchise are long since over, only belonging to those that were founded back in the 80s. Maybe we’ll be seeing more of Kratos in a few years or so, you know, like in a “Halo 4 comeback” kind of way.

Again, God of War III Remastered will be released for the PlayStation 4 on July 14.

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