PS4 games fans have a big new exclusive coming their way this month from Sony’s Santa Monica studio.

Part of a massive reboot project from PlayStation, the God of War release date has been set and will unlock for players in April.

As most fans will know, the God of War franchise has been in hiatus for a long time and looks set to return with a big bang.

Early review scores show that the blend of new story setting and returning mechanics has won over critics before launch.

RELEASE DATE: WHEN DOES GOD OF WAR ARRIVE ON PS4?

God of War is coming to PS4 and PS4 Pro on April 20, 2018.

And as with all new modern launches, there will be an unlock time for fans to watch out for.

It has been confirmed that the digital version of the game will unlock on April 20 at midnight, EST.

This would suggest that players in the PDT time zone will actually get to start playing the game on April 19, at around 9pm.

For God of War fans in the UK, the PlayStation Store doesn’t currently list an unlock time, so it will be worth looking out for any updates before the big day.

The good news is that even if fans in the UK have to wait a little longer, they will still be able to pre-load the game like everyone else.

Pre-loading games allows you to download the full title before release date, getting you as ready as possible to start playing on the day.

April 18 looks to be the date God of War fans will be able to start their downloads and preparations for release.

GOD OF WAR PREVIEW

Straight out the bat, Santa Monica’s latest game starts on a sombre note that sets the tone perfectly for a gruelling opening salvo.

Whereas the previous games had a hyper-stylised, comic book feel – the God of War reboot opts for a gritty, dirty and visceral style.

The change in pace also comes with a major shift for Kratos – who has turned from a rage-filled beast into a more multi-faceted, vulnerable character.

That vulnerability lies in the relationship with his son Atreus, whose only protector is the God of War.

Trying to do a 180 on such an established character comes with its pitfalls.

Change too much and the character becomes alien and foreign. Change too little and you might as well have not bothered.

But the God of War reboot manages to strike a fine balance between shaking up how we see Kratos, while keeping the character’s essence the same.

His softer side is seen in moments in-between battles with Atreus, where he is torn between caring for his son and trying to instill a toughness in him.

This emotional link gives you all the more reason to take care of Atreus when he is by your side in a fight against God of War’s many fearsome foes.

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