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“What became apparent to me was that we were watching this franchise wane a bit.”
By Joe Skrebels
God of War may only just be heading into the territory of Norse mythology, but it might not stick around there.
Speaking to Game Informer, director Cory Barlog explained: “The Greek games were the Greek era of God of War. Moving on, the next mythological belief system he interacts with became the Norse era of God of War. But we may end up going on to the Egyptian era and the Mayan era and so on and so forth.”
Of course, God of War’s Greek era was eight years and six games long, so this may not be a plan for the immediate future. Then again, much of the appeal of the upcoming PS4 God of War is in its change of setting and the personality of its lead character, Kratos, so Sony Santa Monica may be keen to reinvent the series more often.
“What became apparent to me was that we were watching this franchise wane a bit,” explained Sony Santa Monica Head of Studio, Shannon Studstill. “It was getting old. The storyline with Kratos being the hardcore badass – I think people were starting to say, ‘What’s next?’ I felt like, in order to reinvent, we really needed to turn a lot of things around.”
It’s not a huge surprise that the studio would be considering one of those mythologies in particular – we already knew that the Norse game could have had an Egyptian setting instead.
At E3 2016, Barlog said: “Half the team was way into [an Egyptian setting]. Egyptian mythology is about the pharaohs as embodiment of the gods on earth and there’s a lot more about civilization. It’s less isolated, less barren. Having too much around distracts from that central theme of a stranger in a strange place.”
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK News Editor, and he wants to throw an axe at a Sphinx. Follow him on Twitter.
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