Surprise! Kratos is back! On Monday, Sony revealed the long-rumored and long-awaited new game in the “God of War” series, simply titled God of War. This isn’t a reboot of the series but is actually the fourth installment. Of course this can be a little confusing to anyone not familiar with the series. In this trailer for the upcoming title we see a Kratos who is older and quite frankly more restrained then we’ve ever seen him.
On top of that he is also a father which came as the biggest surprise to me. So I can only assume that following the conclusion of God of War 3, after he merciselly murdered Zues, Kratos disaperered for awhile and made a new life for himself. Of course I could have never imagined that would involve falling in love and having another child. So why the change in focus for the series and adding a son who will play not only an integral part of the narrative but of the game as well?
Well, according to the game’s director Cory Barlog, having become a father himself is what led to taking the series in a different direction. “That really started germinating all of the ideas in my head,” he said in a recent interview. “I see the world through a different lens now.” The directors own personal transformation is meant to mirror that of Kratos. And this time around the new title is switching gears from Greek Mythology to Norse Mythology. This aspect is what has me most intrigued.
Throughout the trailer we also get a glimpse into gameplay as well as the interaction between Kratos and his son. As stated earlier he’s integral to the gameplay and a button on the controller has been specifically dedicated to his character. And maybe it’s just me but this feels very reminiscent of The Last of Us. That’s a good thing because now the character of Kratos is being given more depth. I’m interested in seeing how his life has changed following the last game.
Of course I have to also mention the change in gameplay style. It seems developers have moved away from fixed camera angles and have adopted a style similar to other third-person action titles. This is not only welcome but a refreshing change for the series. Combat also looks to have been improved upon as well. We only get a small taste of it in the trailer but I’m sure it will be equally as brutal and satisfying as it was in previous installments of the series.
Alright, enough of my babbling. Watch the trailer and share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.