Major PS3 exclusive God of War III has wrapped up development, and it’s a big game – filling up 35-to-40 GB of the Blu-Ray disc it comes on.

There’s no doubt that Sony Santa Monica’s God of War III is one of the most highly-anticipated games coming out for the PS3 this year – or indeed, since the system’s launch – and this weekend, the game made it that much closer to its mid-March launch. Yep, you heard that right; God of War III has been completed, according to a tweet from Santa Monica’s Christer Ericson: “God of War 3 has gone gold and is being manufactured! Wheee! #GoW3″

Sony Santa Monica’s Director of Technology Tim Moss elaborated on the status of the game, saying – also via Twitter – that the finished title clocked in at a hefty 35 GB on the Blu-Ray disc: “#GOW3 35Gb of goodness. Thank heavens for Dual Layer Blu-Rays”

35 GB? That’s pretty big! And apparently, says Moss, the European version is even bigger. The copy of God of War III that ships to our friends across the Atlantic will take up a whopping 40 gigabytes of space on the Blu-Ray, mainly due to containing on-the-disc support for “9+ languages.” Frankly, I’m not sure I can imagine Kratos speaking in French, but that may just be me.

There’s no question that this is impressive, but I also have to wonder if maybe PS3 developers just get lazy when it comes to compressing data. “Nah, we’ve got all that space on the Blu-Ray, why bother?”

God of War III is out in North America on March 16th, and its 40 GB European brother will hit shelves on March 19th.

(The Lost Gamer and Videogamer)

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