Garnet Red PS3 heads to North America in God of War: Ascension bundle

The Garnet Red version of the new super slim PS3, recently announced for Japan and Europe, is heading to North America as well, as the centerpiece of a God of War: Ascension bundle.

Along with the red 500GB PS3 (chosen as a nod to Kratos' tattoo, though "monster blood" could also be evoked), the $349 bundle comes with a copy of Ascension, as well as the God of War Saga collection, which includes every other God of War game. 30 days of PlayStation Plus are also thrown in.

The package comes out March 12, concurrent with Ascension. It seems like a great deal if you don't have a PS3 and have been eager to try devote your life to God of War.
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GARNET RED PLAYSTATION®3 COMING SOON TO NORTH AMERICA INSIDE GOD OF WAR: ASCENSION™ LEGACY BUNDLE

January 31, 2013 – Following the announcement of the availability of the Classic White PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system in North America, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today introduced a new Garnet Red PS3 system as part of a limited edition God of War: Ascension™ Legacy Bundle. The new bundle includes God of War: Ascension, the newest entry in the critically acclaimed franchise, along with the five previous games in the series, making it the ultimate collectors' item for God of War fans. The limited edition bundle will hit stores on March 12, 2013, day-and-date with the standalone game, for $349 (MSRP).

The Garnet Red PS3, boldly colored in recognition of Kratos' distinctive tattoo, comes with a 500GB hard disk drive (HDD), providing more than enough room for consumers to download games, movies, and TV shows from PlayStation®Network, and store their personal media files, including music, photos, and videos. A 30-day PlayStation®Plus trial membership is also included, enabling purchasers to check out the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection along with other benefits such as deep discounts, online storage for game saves, and exclusive access to select demos and game betas.

"We're excited to introduce this stunning Garnet Red PS3 that pays homage to one of the best franchises ever launched on PlayStation platforms," said John Koller, vice president of platforms marketing, SCEA. "We wanted to give our fans a complete collection of the series in this bundle so they can relive nostalgic memories of their first God of War adventure or experience the adventure for the first time if they are new to the series."

The complete God of War collection comes with the highly anticipated release, God of War: Ascension. A prequel to the epic series, Ascension takes fans back to where Kratos' journey began, with sophisticated gameplay mechanics and combat systems that truly enhance the single-player experience. Also, for the first time in franchise history, a new multiplayer combat mode has been added for fans to compete among their fellow warriors. The God of War Saga completes the collection, with God of War, God of War II, God of War III, and God of War: Origins Collection, which consists of God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta.

Since the franchise first launched in March 2005, the series has sold over 21 million units worldwide*. The God of War series is one of SCEA's most successful franchises of all time and has been acknowledged as one of the most critically-acclaimed franchises by key industry publications and influencers.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.