Fans of the God of War series have been treated to a brand new gameplay trailer of the next installment in the franchise. Details about 2018's God of War have been popping up of late, with the game set to release early next year, and Sony was happy to unleash some more footage of the game as part of its Paris Games Week plans.
There are plenty of changes coming to the next God of War, with some tweaks to the overall gameplay of the series alongside some more obvious differences. Chief among them is the change of voice actor for God of War protagonist Kratos, with Terrence Carson replaced by Stargate SG-1 actor Christopher Judge. In the new trailer, Carson's performance as Kratos can be heard loud and clear.
The trailer itself shows off Kratos and his son Atreus as they venture into the Huldra Mine. Along the way, the duo fight against the likes of the Draugr, showing off a strong strategic connection between Kratos' close combat and Atreus' long ranged attacks. This time around, God of War is taking on the likes of the Norse gods, and it looks like it's going to be a blast.
It's not just the shift to a different pantheon that will make a big difference to 2018's God of War, though. Kratos' relationship with his son Atreus will also have a significant impact on the way that God of War fans experience the new story. After all, in general the God of War games have had an aggression to them that bordered on the nihilistic, so seeing Kratos trying to take on a fatherly role will definitely be a major change of pace.
Given how long it's been since the last God of War title, with no entirely new releases since 2013's God of War: Ascension, the 2018 game will also give Sony and SIE Santa Monica Studio the chance to stretch their legs from a design perspective. Swapping over to snowy environments will hopefully provide gamers with some stunning areas to explore, while Santa Monica Studio's plan to ensure God of War has no camera cuts should provide an intense experience for those who jump in.
There's still lots up in the air about the game's release, though. At the moment, God of War is still yet to receive a firm release date, outside of a launch window of early 2018. However, long-term fans of the franchise will no doubt be expecting that the game will be worth the wait.
God of War will be released in early 2018 for PlayStation 4.