About a couple of years ago, God of War director Cory Barlog confirmed that the forthcoming 2018 entry to the action-adventure franchise won’t be the last we will see of Kratos, as the Ghost of Sparta is going to be featured in subsequent installments, giving fans hope for more titles to come. Speaking of sequels, it seems as if Santa Monica Studio is already in the planning phases for a followup to this year’s GoW, with successive chapters set to remain within the realms of Norse mythology.
As indicated in a recent interview between Santa Monica Studio’s Community Strategist Aaron Kaufman and the YouTube channel Jagat Review, the studio behind God of War is currently laying down plans to use the series’ 2018 entry as a foundation to continue fleshing out the theme of evolving Kratos alongside his son, Atreus. With this being the case, not only does it look like Santa Monica Studio is sticking with Norse mythos, but also it seems as if Atreus could have an even more substantial role in future sequels.
Ever since its initial reveal at E3 2016, it became apparent that God of War was set to be a huge departure from its predecessors by exchanging Greek mythology for lore rooted in Nordic traditions, adding Atreus as a companion, changing up combat, and even altering the perspective to a third-person over-the shoulder camera view. With Santa Monica Studio having already enacted such major transformations to the series, it stands to reason that the next sequels could see even bigger shifts, such as Atreus eventually taking the over protagonist role from his father, as the boy becomes a man, and Kratos ages even further or potentially dies.
What’s more is that once Santa Monica Studio has thoroughly explored Norse mythology with its next God of War sequels, the franchise could then be taken to other areas of the world so that even more regions’ legends and folklore could be highlighted. After all, GoW director Cory Barlog has already stated that followups could transport players to Egyptian and Mayan eras in future installments.
While some might see such planning and speculation as putting the cart before the horse – the 2018 PS4 exclusive’s release date is still a month away, after all – many will agree that with God of War as a property having already been established as one of the most popular and critically acclaimed franchises to date, projecting a road map for the series just makes good business sense. At any rate, we will just have to wait and see what the future holds for God of War as a whole.
God of War is set to release on April 20, 2018 for PlayStation 4.
Source: Jagat Review – YouTube