God Of War Director: "Let's Put It To Bed For A While"
You see some franchises arrive every year now. Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and most all sports titles like Madden spring readily to mind.
But you haven't seen annual installments in the God of War franchise, and you won't in the future, either. Furthermore, now that the SCEA Santa Monica team has completed God of War III, it might be an erroneous assumption to believe they're immediately going to work on the fourth entry. First of all, we know GoWIII is the conclusion of a trilogy, and secondly, director Stig Asmussen may do something different before returning to the award-winning series. As far as he's concerned, even a 2-3 year stretch between GoW titles is too much; they might take the Metroid approach instead. Here's what Asmussen said during a recent 1Up interview:
"I think there comes a time when to maintain a high level of quality... the bottom line is you can't get burned out, and the source material can't always be the same. I want God of War to be one of those games where if there are more God of Wars, we're seeing them spread out over time -- it's not like our studio's making a new God of War every two or three years or something like that, and then the series becomes irrelevant. I like the approach of, 'We just won't make Metroid for 10 years. Why do we have to keep making Metroid?' And then when it comes back, it's fresh and you remember why you loved that game so much. I think it would be good at this point to take that approach with God of War... For a trilogy, it's great. Let's put it to bed for awhile though."
So you had best get your fill with GoWIII because not only may it represent the final Kratos adventure, it could very well be the last God of War you see for three or four years. Oh, and as one added side note, the common estimate of a $100 million budget for GoWIII is way off the mark; Asmussen said the actual number isn't anywhere near that, and they had planned from the start to release the game in March 2010. There were "no delays along the way." Well, that's great, but no God of War for so long...? Might we suffer some ugly form of withdrawal?
3/1/2010 10:40:40 AM Ben Dutka