With the latest God of War set to launch on the PlayStation 4 later this year, it sounds like the team at Santa Monica Studio is already considering the series' future. For starters, they may even be targeting a whole different mythology with the next game.
Longtime fans of the series won't be too shocked by that revelation from Barlog, as it's something that's been kicked around the God of War universe since the series' inception. It's probably safe to say that even Santa Monica Studio wasn't necessarily planning on keeping Kratos tied to Greek mythologies for quite so long. But if you've got a good thing going, why rock the boat?
If Barlog is throwing around trips to Egypt or Central America already, we doubt Kratos' stay with Norse gods will last for seven games. Still, we have a hard time believing this will be a one and done adventure for the legendarily angry protagonist. There's no telling what will happen in the upcoming God of War, but wouldn't it be cool to see Kratos' son grow up throughout, say, a three-game run before Daddy Kray-Kray runs off to punch Anubis in the face?
A lot of the interview focuses on what it took to bring God of War back into development, as Barlog explains many folks were content to simply let it rest for a while. He said he really had to sell a new game and convince the powers that be that the team had a new, interesting, powerful story worth telling.
Barlog also does some series name dropping in the interview, bringing up popular franchises like Uncharted and Assassin's Creed, both of which lept onto the action scene well after Kratos first dawned the Blades of Chaos. Despite that fact, and the fact that the game has had a really long run, Barlog said he doesn't feel it's popular enough yet. He's hoping that, with this latest God of War, the series can stand shoulder to shoulder with those series mentioned above in the minds of fans.
Still, we hope the team isn't in too much of a hurry to move on to the next pantheon of deities. We're sure there are plenty of Norse gods Kratos can have a word with before needing to venture to far-flung new lands to slice and dice a new roster of celestial beings.