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God Of War Developer Explains Why Kratos Is In Norse Mythology Now

It was during this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo event that Sony and Santa Monica Studio introduced a new "God of War" video game sequel for the PlayStation 4 and gaming fans were ecstatic to see the return of the game's main protagonist Kratos into the game along with his son in a new and different environment.

Gamers who have attended the E3 2016 event saw the "God of War" demo and it features an older Kratos along with his son hunting for food in the Norse lands as they encounter new threats along the way. The story for the new "God of War" is set after Kratos climatic battle with Gods of Olympus and the Titans during the events of "God of War 3".

Game director Cory Balrog explained the reasons for the sequel's Norse mythology setting as he revealed that the notion of cultures’ mythological belief systems coexisting with one another, but only being “separated" by geography. In Kratos case, he travelled from Greece to Norway, but gamers will not expect to see vikings there due to it being in the pre-migration era. Kratos is at the prehistory point, were monsters and Norse gods walked among the lands, before they became extinct, Gamerant reported.

"A lot of people think Norse, they think viking, but there's really this amazing prehistory--the migration, and then prior to that, the pre-migration era," Barlog explained. "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 any more. [The vikings] fight for them, but they're not there. This idea that we're at is saying, 'We're at a prehisory point, where gods did walk the Earth, when monsters were real, before they became extinct."

"It's a fun space to be in because it allows us to paint our own image of Norse mythology as opposed to anyone else's," Barlog said.

Aside from the Norse mythology settng, Kratos in the new "God of War" will try to be a good father/mentor to his unnamed son as he struggles to be free from his past and fears that his son may inherit his "curse" of being a demigod. Santa Monica revealed that Kratos' son is aware of his father's nature as a haft god, but does not know his history.

Kratos will be accompanied by his son throughout the game as gamers can control his son's actions to come up with better strategies in exploration and in combat. Kratos will wield an enchanted battle axe with ice powers and can be called upon at will. Gamers will face new monsters and gods base from Norse lore.

Sony has not yet announced a release date for "God of War" on the PS4, however, the official website of Amazon revealed the pre-order details of the game at $59.99 with a released date placeholder on Dec. 29, 2017. 

I'm fine with the Norse Mythology setting for the new God of War game. I feel that Santa Monica has already maxed out in making stories for the Greek mythology setting in previous God of War games, so it's time to move on to another mythology. How about you guys? Are you fine with the Norse Mythology setting for the new God of War game?

 

Related Game(s): God of War games

6/22/2016 3:27:38 AM Drew Constantino

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Riku994
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 9:37:06 AM
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Barlog. His name is Cory Barlog.

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Solid Fantasy
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 9:50:53 AM

Was that the same director as God Of War III? Each game has had a different lead director. If Barlog was heading up GOWIII it will be the first time a director survived two installments. David Jaffe did the first one and that reminds me: Where is Drawn to Death these days?

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FM23
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 10:51:49 AM

I read this director is the one who wrote GOW2, and he did work on 1 and originally wrote the story for 3 before he left in 07. I will always believe GOW1/2 had a style that was not replicated in GOW3. GOW3's director presented a different tone that didn't match or exceed the previous installments so I'm glad this guy is back on and as the director.

That E3 presentation sold me!

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Temjin001
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 11:37:04 AM

Balrog is M. Bison in Japan and M. Bison is Balrog in other places.

Cory Balrog might be his son and went on to make video games.
Cory Barlog is an imposter.

... and that's the story of Street Fighter bad guys.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 7:47:02 PM

Solid, Stig Aussmusson directed God of War 3. Barlog directed 2.

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FM23
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 10:53:39 AM
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I fully endorse this change. The mythology and style of these games lost their luster when Ascension arrived. This has me excited again for GOW

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 11:30:04 AM
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Oh man I won't wanna be a damn babysitter. Pass.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, June 23, 2016 @ 12:51:05 AM

I think that what everyone said about TLOU as well.

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tlpn99
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 11:51:44 AM
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I think it will work well and am looking forward to it.

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Bio
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 12:25:12 PM
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Can't believe I'm hyped for God of War again.

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