When the PS3 launched, the launch titles didn’t stand out except for Resistance: Fall of Man. God of War II came shortly after the PS3 launch, but on the PS2. Now GameInformer has the scoop that GoW II could have been on the PS3.
When asked whether he thought God of War II should have been delayed in order to be a PS3 launch game, Yoshida said “We had a lot of debates about it, actually. I always firmly stood by keeping it on PS2. Many people, including marketing, suggested that maybe it should be moved to PS3. What I believed was that God of War II would be the best-selling and best game of the year. We had always seen that, at the launch of a platform, the developer has to spend a lot of time becoming familiar with the platform and software tools. Technical issues take up a lot of the development, perhaps leaving less time for really polishing the game. Towards the end of a platform is when you see really great games, after developers really begin to understand the hardware.”
Maybe with the difficulties getting PS3 consoles in stock, it wasn’t such a bad idea.