'God of War' PS4 release date set for April 20; new trailer revealed

(PlayStation Blog)A screenshot from the Story Trailer for "God of War" on PS4.

One of the most highly-anticipated video games for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) platform this year finally gets an official release date.

According to a Gamespot report, Sony announced that "God of War" for PS4 will be released on April 20. The post also came with screenshots of in-game cinematic images, as well as a new story trailer for the upcoming video game.

"First, let me say that this is my favorite release day of my entire career. If I live to be 100, I do not think I will be able to top this release day," wrote Cory Barlog, creative director at Sony Interactive Entertainment's Santa Monica Studio on the PlayStation Blog. "There has been a long journey just to reach this point, so it's a little bittersweet to think that we are only a few months away from that journey finally coming to an end," Barlog added.

Barlog said that he is very much excited that the game is finally at hand after five long years of working on the project. As for the trailer, it features an older-looking Kratos and his son, Atreus, whom he teaches the values of responsibility, restraint, and interestingly, the consequences of killing a god. Atreus, for his part, does not have an idea that his father is himself a god, at least at the beginning of the game.

Furthermore, Barlog also announced the Collector's Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition of the game. Players who will pre-order any of the two limited versions from supporting retailers will receive three legendary shield skins. The skins can be used to arm up Kratos during the game. In addition, pre-orders done via EB Games or Gamestop will yield the Luck of Ages XP Talisman.

The Talisman works to improve the players' luck by increasing XP gain, Hacksilver gain, and the ability to trigger Perks, Barlog noted. The Collector's Edition retails for $129.99 while the Digital Deluxe Edition comes with a $69.99 price tag.

Also available is the Stone Mason Edition ($149.99), which features all of the items from the Collector's Edition plus four rare additional items. These include Mimir's Head talking keychain, the Stone Mason's ring, the Defender of the Chosen in-game shield, and a 2-inch Horse and Troll carving.