Living up to rumours that have been circulating since July, Sony have just announced the God of War Saga - collecting every instalment of the franchise in one package - and the inFAMOUS Collection, bundling both games in the series along with the Festival of Blood DLC.
The compilations will launch in the US on August 28th, alongside the previously revealed Ratchet and Clank Collection (itself bringing together three re-mastered PS2 classics). Furthermore, this will see the introduction of a 'Collections line' that should be gaining new additions in the fall. News concerning which other games are going to receive this treatment will be arriving "in the coming weeks".
The full contents of the packages are listed as follows:
God of War Saga
God of War
God of War II
God of War III
God of War: Origins Collection (including God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta)
Exclusive Bonus Content
Voucher For 1 Trial Month of PlayStation Plus
Remastered for HD, DUALSHOCK Control, Full PlayStation Network Trophy Support and 3D (3D supported only in God of War III and God of War: Origins Collection)
inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood
Additional character costumes, power ups and weapon styles
Although consumers have seen similar collections before, this is apparently how Sony intends to approach them going into the future. "Over the years we've had all sorts of great deals come your way," wrote Cristian Cardona (Associate Product Marketing Manager, from Software Marketing) on the PlayStation Blog. "Moving forward, this is how we plan on presenting them to our consumers".
Both collections will also be available for purchase from the PlayStation Store, where "select titles from the Collections will be available individually - without the extras". Prices are advertised as starting at $29.99, although specific RRPs for the new additions are currently unclear. Moreover, at the time of writing the God of War Saga and inFAMOUS Collection have only been slated for release in North America.
We'll have more news on any other announcements as they come. In the meantime, throw us a comment below with your thoughts on the subject, drop us a line on Twitter @GamingExcel or give me your thoughts on the subject @thewordyben. Have we seen too many compilations and re-releases already, or are you happy at the chance to snap up an entire franchise in one go? Let me know.