PS4 exclusive God of War represents a significant shake-up for the series. The new game will ditch the series’ Greek mythology roots and will explore Norse mythology instead. But developer Sony Santa Monica now suggests that this isn’t the only era-jump that fans of the franchise should expect for the future.
The latest issue of Game Informer contains a new interview with God of War game director Cory Barlog. Barlog explained to the publication that “The Greek games were the Greek era of God of War” and that “Moving on, the next mythological belief system he interacts with became the Norse era of God of War.” However, the developers “may end up going on to the Egyptian era and the Mayan era and so on and so forth.”
Sony Santa Monica could find a lot of potential in an Egyptian God of War. Following the huge success of Assassin’s Creed Origins, players are more interested than ever in learning about Ancient Egyptian culture, its gods, and its traditions. Origins’ Trials of the Gods game mode also highlights the fact that players really want to go toe to toe with these deities in battles of epic proportions.
Meanwhile, the fact that few games have looked at Mayan culture on such a large scale means that Sony Santa Monica will be able to surprise people. Players may even learn a thing or two about Mayan mythology (away from all of those 2012 apocalypse predictions).
Sony Santa Monica’s studio head Shannon Studstill also revealed that the new God of War was designed in response to criticisms that the game’s story is “getting old.” Fans who had seen Kratos play the “hardcore badass” so many times were asking what’s next and Studstill “felt like, in order to reinvent, we really needed to turn a lot of things around.”
Few could accuse the new God of War of resting on its laurels. Not only does the new game introduce a different era, but it also touches upon Kratos’ relationship with his son. The game even goes as far as letting Kratos make ‘parenting’ decisions for the boy, which is a far cry from the god of war’s menacing mayhem of the original games.
Although the new God of War is changing a lot of what fans are used to from this side of the game’s release date that looks like a smart decision. It remains to be seen what other major changes are on the cards for the franchise but Sony Santa Monica’s commitment to switching things up is at least positive to hear.
God of War is slated to release sometime in early 2018 for PlayStation 4.
Source: Game Informer (via GameSpot)