Sony’s gameplay demo of “God of War 4”at E3 2016 was met with roaring cheers and a few raised eyebrows. Some fans were surprised to see Kratos sporting a lush beard and a milder temperament.
Game Spot recently caught up with Sony Interactive Entertainment director Cory Barlog to talk more on the upcoming PS4 title. Barlog explained that fans will get an older but wiser Kratos in “God of War 4.” In this installment, Kratos ventures to Scandinavia with his son, who the director mentioned will be a competent AI character in the game.
“You have a kid and it kind of changes the way you see things and how I approached problems creatively,” said Barlog. “And I thought, ‘There’s some fascinating potential here for what Kratos would be like if given a second chance.'”
As for the new setting, Barlog touched on how different mythologies from various cultures coexisted with one another during the same time period. Barlog clarified that while the bulk of the story is set in Norway, Kratos will not find himself flustered by the Vikings.
“In the Viking era, they always talked about, ‘The gods have abandoned us.’ Thor and Loki and Odin all walked the Earth at one point, but they’re not around anymore,” Barlog mused. “This idea that we’re at is saying, ‘We’re at a prehistory point, where gods did walk the Earth, when monsters were real, before they became extinct.”
In a separate interview with Venture Beat, Barlog likened the beginning of the game to the 1992 movie “Unforgiven” starring Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman. The first part of the story is also similar to the Marvel comic “Old Ma Logan,” in which a grizzled protagonist is called back into action after a long hiatus from the battlefield.
Although the game is being touted as a soft reboot of the franchise, it will still feature the core elements that made the previous titles so successful. “God of War 4” will give importance to exploration, interaction, combat and astute storytelling.
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