The 'God of War' team has been praised by the head of Xbox, who had very kind words about his competition.

God of War

God of War

Phil Spencer - Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft and head of the Xbox brand - took to his social media page this week to offer his congratulations to Sony Santa Monica and PlayStation Worldwide Studios leader Shuhei Yoshida.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "Congrats @SonySantaMonica @yosp on the review scores and the upcoming launch of God of War. Looks like a special launch for the franchise, great job."

Responding to the tweet, Shuhei Yoshida thanked him for the kind words.

It comes after it was confirmed upcoming action/adventure title will feature an updated combat system.

Game director Cory Barlog has explained he felt it was time for a change when it came to the way players will experience fights.

Explaining that they've used the same system for seven years, he said: "I was looking around at how incredibly talented our systems and combat team was, and I was like, 'I need them to take on the challenge that we had on 'God of War 1'.'

"That challenge of nobody really knows what that system was when I first got there in 2003. Combat was, I don't want to say a mess, but it was more like they hadn't found their sea legs with combat.

"Looking at the new 'God of War', we need a chance to show what we've learned over the last decade. So I didn't want to change it for the sake of changing it, I wanted it to reflect how all of us [at the studio] have grown up. What we play is different. 'God of War' is a reflection of what we play."