It is a new beginning for Kratos in the latest God of War. Living as a man, outside the shadow of the gods, he seeks solitude in the unfamiliar lands of Norse mythology. With new purpose and his son at his side, Kratos must fight for survival as powerful forces threaten to disrupt the new life he has created…”
From Santa Monica Studio and creative director Cory Barlog comes a new beginning for God of War. Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfil a deeply personal quest.
God of War – Bold new beginning
His vengeance against the Gods of Olympus years behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the realm of Norse Gods and monsters. It is in this harsh, unforgiving world that he must fight to survive … And teach his son to do the same. This startling reimagining of God of War deconstructs the core elements that defined the series—satisfying combat; breath-taking scale; and a powerful narrative—and fuses them anew.
The quest to redeem Kratos
The son is the humanity that Kratos lost. He’s that mirror that’s reminding him that there is a different way, a way that he might have forgotten so long ago.
Cory Barlog, Creative Director (Polygon)
A second chance
Kratos is a father again. As mentor and protector to Atreus, a son determined to earn his respect, he is forced to deal with and control the rage that has long defined him while out in a very dangerous world with his son.
Atreus is the humanity that Kratos lost
From a story perspective, Atreus is the humanity that Kratos lost. He’s helping Kratos understand what it was like to be a human and Kratos is trying to help the kid understand what it means to be a god. The kid has no idea about any of that stuff. They’re both sort of teaching each other a little bit and kind of helping each other hobble through a very difficult emotional journey.
Cory Barlog, Creative Director (Mashable)
He sees life differently in God of War
Atreus only knows the world that he lives in with his dad. They’ve lived in this forest, a very small area. They’re going out on the road together. Dad is just Dad. You don’t really know any different. That’s just a parameters for his life. As he starts to learn who he is, how he fits into all of this and who his dad is, it’s an interesting sort of way that—he sees life differently than we see Kratos. He allows us to see Kratos with a slightly different lens because he’s experiencing it all differently.
Cory Barlog, Creative Director (Vice)
A darker, more elemental world
From the marble and columns of ornate Olympus to the gritty forests, mountains, and caves of Pre-Viking Norse lore, this is a distinctly new realm with its own pantheon of creatures, monsters, and gods. With an added emphasis on discovery and exploration, the world will draw players in to explore every inch of God of War’s breathtakingly threatening landscape—by far the largest in the franchise.
“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. [The vikings] fight for them, but they’re not there. 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.”
Cory Barlog, Creative Director (GameSpot)
Vicious, Physical Combat
With an over the shoulder free camera that brings the player closer to the action than ever before, fights in God of War mirror the pantheon of Norse creatures Kratos will face: grand, gritty, and gruelling. A new main weapon and new abilities retain the defining spirit of God of War while presenting a vision of violent conflict that forges new ground in the genre.
Magic of throwing the Axe in God of War
Right away the magic of throwing the axe, having it stick anywhere in the world, and then recalling it, and then kind of playing around with that, and realising you can hit people with it, you can throw it behind them, move in front of them, recall it and hit him in the back.
Cory Barlog, Creative Director (GamesRadar+)
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