Sony began its E3 2016 press conference on a high note by showcasing a short gameplay demonstration of the long-rumored new God of War.
In development at Santa Monica Studio, the simply titled God of War brings back an aged Kratos. The trailer sees Kratos taking a little boy, who he calls son, hunting. Along the way they are ambushed by Nordic-like monsters, one of which makes a reference to “Valhalla”. Kratos decimates through their ranks with his axe and fierce punches, while his son keeps his distance with a bow.
Creative director Cory Barlog has confirmed that the game is set many years after the events of God of War 3. After thriving in Greek mythology for so many years, the series is finally turning towards Norse mythology. The earth has somehow managed to heal itself, but neither developer nor publisher are ready to explain how.
“I knew I didn’t want to simply reboot the franchise, starting over with a retelling of the origin story,” explained Barlog. “I wanted to reimagine the gameplay, give players a fresh perspective and a new tactile experience while delving deeper into the emotional journey of Kratos to explore the compelling drama that unfolds when an immortal demigod makes a decision to change.”
God of War will not release this year, but is possible for a holiday 2017 launch.