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What Direction Will God Of War Take In The New Generation?

Sometimes, it's easy to forget that God of War is one of the most revered, acclaimed and beloved franchises in video game history.

It's even easier to forget after last year's God of War: Ascension fell a little shy of expectations. While still a downright great action game, it was the first series entry (fantastic PSP installments included) that wasn't worthy of an elite 9+ review score. At least, in our estimation and the estimations of many other critics and gamers.

So, what direction will this series take in the new generation? The IP is simply too important to the PlayStation brand to abandon; that won't happen. However, Sony Santa Monica may have to reboot or at least reinvent the franchise. We've been hearing rumors about a new setting and even a new protagonist, mostly because the team feels they've done everything they can do with Kratos. That's mostly speculation, though; inferences drawn from statements made in various interviews. There's really no knowing for sure what the next GoW title will be.

What do you think? Will they bring Kratos back? He's synonymous with the title now; ditching him would almost be like ditching Snake in Metal Gear Solid. Then again, maybe it has to be done in order to infuse the franchise with new-found freshness. Or, perhaps they can just drop Kratos into a different era/setting. A time-traveling Kratos! Okay, that's a little corny but hey, just spit-balling here. Ideas?

Tags: god of war, god of war sequel, god of war ps4

1/5/2014 9:45:46 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (27 posts)

newchef
Sunday, January 05, 2014 @ 10:40:53 PM
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im still hoping they take this to the Norse gods,but i feel they might make the next iteration in Roman times, that would seem to fit

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telly
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 11:45:34 AM

I think you're onto something here -- that would allow for new gods/conflicts/characters/settings but still keep their toes in the Mediterranean settings the series is known for. I strongly suspect they will weave in more exotic, far-reaching locales too. So maybe the game starts in Rome, but you have to visit the Norse regions, or Egypt, etc. So many possibilities, if they just have the guts to give Greece and Kratos a rest. I wouldn't be surprised if Kratos was "reborn" in a new form for the new games, and I suppose that could be ok, too.

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Masszt3r
Sunday, January 05, 2014 @ 11:03:20 PM
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It's difficult to bring back Kratos unless it's a prequel (please don't!), or you bring him back to life, without making it look like you're milking the franchise, which to many already looks like it.

As much as I love Kratos and every GoW game we've had, I think the best option is to reboot/use a different character/setting. Many have already suggested Nordic, Egyptian, etc.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 05, 2014 @ 11:24:53 PM
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Hopefully the new direction will leave Kratos behind (he needs a rest) and do something new and bold that is inspired by the old. Ascension was the beginning of cash-in stagnation and decline, if Kratos appears again we are just going into milking territory. Once a story is told you have to let it go, just tacking more crap onto it helps nobody.

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telly
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 10:27:27 AM

Perfectly stated. The story was told, and the importance of context, motivation, etc. is overlooked far too often. God of War 2 wasn't amazing only because it had air tight gameplay and cool enemies and environments. Kratos was on an awesome, epic quest to achieve something nearly impossible, against the freaking GOD OF THUNDER and the many who served him. The story of that game was like a fantastic, really violent version of those great old Sinbad movies.

That's what was missing from Ascension -- we already knew virtually everything about Kratos' backstory, and we knew exactly how it was going to end. It was a wonderfully executed God of War game in terms of gameplay and level design. But it wasn't truly compelling the way the best god of war games were.

I hope they go in the norse direction, but whatever they do, give Kratos a rest.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 1:15:38 PM

Loved all those old movies with Ray Harryhousen's Dynamation stop motion creatures.

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darthadv
Sunday, January 05, 2014 @ 11:51:36 PM
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Big fan of the series and of Greek mythology, and I liked how they handled integrating Kratos into it, kind of as a post-script to all the existing mythology, almost as an explanation to what happened to all the Greek gods. I've said it before that they should have him tackle other mythological gods (as suggested above as well), perhaps due to some magical but mysterious reason resurrecting him into another world/mythology. Another route could be an unknown son tackling these other challenges (the games certainly allowed for Kratos to have relations with many women throughout the overall story). Time-travel might be an idea as well, but I would shy away from it as much as I wouldn't want JJ Abrams to introduce the concept to Star Wars; it would be out of place for the character and the story (there was no time travel that I recall in Greek mythology, and I am not aware that it had a place in any of the other mythologies, be it Nordic, Egyptian, etc.).

The story is complete as it stands now. You can continue the character, but you have to have a compelling idea that doesn't make the series jump the shark; it has to make sense.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 1:52:24 AM
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Well the final ending to GoW III wasn't exactly conclusive...

I think that Santa Monica would benefit from making levels more organic, or open, and giving them various paths through them in much the same way that Lords of Shadow 2 is supposed to. It also needs to be rebalanced to put a bit more weight on the puzzles and platforming so that the combat doesn't have to carry the entire game. I only say that because many of the criticisms of Ascension seem to centre on the idea that the combat feels tired. Revamping the combat system would also help; perhaps giving it a heavier, more realistic bent and offering some fresh ideas when it comes the the incorporation of magic.

As for the story... another prequel would turn fans away in droves, I think. The past is done, there's no need to keep trying to expand it. But they cannot afford to abandon Kratos. Perhaps they could do something with him trying to circumvent his immortality. It could be a story dragged on for thousands of years, but it doesn't strike me as a great idea. Maybe he realises that by destroying the Pantheon he has killed the world and so he goes about trying to build a new one, but why would he care for the world? Frankly, I don't think that anything would work exceptionally well as it's all wrapped up. There's just no need to continue it.

I also think that it would be better for Santa Monica to flex their creativity once more with a completely new IP; perhaps sharing some gameplay design with God of War, but fundamentally different.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 9:05:33 AM

100% agree with all this.

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___________
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 2:13:19 AM
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really want to see a sequel weve had to wait FAR too long to finally see the conclusion to the cliffhanger ending of 3.
but with the gods dead, and the world gone to sh*t, whos kratos going to be mad at now?

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FatherSun
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 2:38:37 AM
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Descendants of Kratos!

Sparks of genetic activity awaken the Kratos gene in certain individuals when the Blades of Chaos are uncovered during a terraforming session.

Its late...

Last edited by FatherSun on 1/6/2014 2:40:45 AM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 9:06:14 AM

Sounds like how Uwe Boll would make a God of War movie.

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Dante399
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 4:03:01 AM
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Kratos massacring ancient Egyptian Pharaohs sounds alright.

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infamousgodV2_0
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 7:10:31 AM
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Meh how about a new IP or give us Heavenly Sword 2 Santa Monica. enough of God of War

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Godslim
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 8:17:23 AM
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gow3 wasnt as great as the previous 2 games in terms of story however i would like to see a great sequel

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JackC8
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 8:39:50 AM
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It would be perfectly fine with me if they dumped this franchise and created a new IP. Playing part 3 it seemed like the studio had completely run out of all the ideas that made the original interesting and charming and the only thing they had left was to make it as brutal as they thought they could get away with.

Rebooting it isn't going to give them any more ideas. It's like writing more chapters in the same book, as opposed to starting over with something fresh and new.

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MRSUCCESS
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 9:47:52 AM
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God of War needs a break. Release God of War in 2016 with nice and fresh? What could that be? That's Santa Monica's job lol. I don't have any ideas right now.

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telly
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 10:34:52 AM
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I think we can find clues about the sort of reinvention we can expect for the next God of War in Infamous: Second Son. It's very different game from the previous entries -- the themes of a Police State and persecution, etc. It's a new protagonist, in a new city, with very different powers, and a new plot line, etc. But the game is still definitely an Infamous game.

Ascension hinted very strongly at the new villain in a puzzle at the beginning of the game, so I have an idea of what might come next. As great as he handles and as much as I enjoyed the earlier GoW games, I really do hope they have the guts to go with a new protagonist (and give Kratos a cameo or something if you really want.)

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xenris
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 10:43:11 AM
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I just think Ascension had no reason to be made. Unless it was a game before he became the ghost of sparta. THAT would have been interesting to me. Instead we learned nothing new about the character...and lets face it fans already knew him inside out, and second the story just didn't feel like there was any urgency to it.

I think the next game should if they choose to use Kratos, be what happens after GoW3.

If they just want to use the name GoW and make a new character that would be cool. A Norse themed game would be awesome, I don't think enough developers tap into that rich lore enough.

I just hope whatever they do its fresh.

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telly
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 11:41:34 AM

agree Xenris. There should be one of those great opening art montages about new gods coming in to make a new world, after Kratos (mostly) destroyed the last one. Sets up entirely new characters, conflicts, worlds, etc. Give the developers free reign to make the best damn mythology action game they can without shoe-horning in tired locales and characters from the last six games.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 1:17:28 PM

I believe it was made as a way to pay for the multiplayer experiemtn, which was basically a test run for how GoW (and just Sony Santa Monica) MP will work in the PS4 generation. So, basically a cash-in.

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airwedge1
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 12:43:09 PM
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I played through the last, and the story was so boring I honestly don't even know what was going on. I'd like to see the story cover him when he is a regular human, and do the whole story as an agent / leader in the spartan army.

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souljah92
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 3:47:51 PM
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Kratos pretty much destroyed the world by the end of god of war 3, what's really left?

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JROD0823
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 5:04:30 PM
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The only turn Kratos needs for this generation is a rocking chair to enjoy permanent retirement.

I'm burned out on God of War after two generations and three consoles' worth of games in the series.

Really, six games is plenty.

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EMax
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 6:39:52 PM
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I don't think there is much more they could do with Kratos' character. Unless, of course, Santa Monica opts to make Kratos a peace-loving, violence-abhorring Buddhist monk struggling daily to reign in his anger and self-loathing. All seems to be going well, until one day ... the temple is attacked and all of his monk brothers are brutally murdered by mysterious assailants. Kratos seeks revenge and is invited to an ancient tournament .... hmmmm ....

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ricksterj
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 12:10:40 PM
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I predict ANOTHER GOW Hi Res collection for PS4.

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bizzy-Korrie
Sunday, January 19, 2014 @ 8:53:26 AM
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Loving the ideas except for the ones about ditching Kratos....cause the franchise was built around him.....At the end of GOW 3 when he crawled to the ledge , the new game should start there. Then he falls(duh) and Even though everything is basically a wasteland he's found by a witch or whatever(something magic) from another time period who heard of Kratos through scrolls and writings and he/she needs his strengths for his/her own needs. He is then basically reincarnated by this magical person not taking the original form of Kratos but with a similar but different look, and he/she also erases his memory. Then brings Kratos back to their time(like someone said the "Norse" age), and as the game goes on Kratos starts remembering his past and what he has done to his family , from coming in contact with a woman and her child.... Then by the end of the game he just "SNAPS" again but in his own mindset...and not being controlled by the witch. Lol just a idea

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