Sony delivers a mid-week one-two punch with a brand new story trailer for God of War that also confirms the game will hit store shelves on April 20, 2018. The upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive title has been in the works for some time now, with fans getting their first glimpse of a bearded Kratos and the surprising addition of his son Atreus back in 2016. The game promised a new adventure for the god-killer following his bloody adventures in God of War III, one that would see him tackle Norse gods and legends, learn to master a new weapon, and most important of all, work in tandem with his son.
The game is set to arrive just under two years after Sony first showcased its gameplay trailer at E3. Though the official release date is sure to send fans reaching for their wallets to pre-order a copy, the new trailer offers a better idea of the kind of father-son outing the game will entail, and especially what’s at stake for Kratos regarding the past he thought he’d left behind. From the look of it, God of War adds up to a fascinating continuation of its main character’s story, one that plays heavily with the idea that there are consequences for his past actions, ones that will impact his child in unexpected ways.
The story trailer leans heavily on Kratos’ true nature and his past without referencing them directly. It also addresses the shift from Greek to Norse mythology by making mention of his being “not of this realm”, which is a relatively simple, straightforward way of broaching the subject and maintaining a through line with the other entries in the series. A synopsis released by Sony in conjunction with the trailer confirms as much, describing a Kratos who has ostensibly put the past behind him, to live as a man and prove himself as a father.
“Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.”
There are plenty of surprises in store for the characters and the players, it seems. But one of the most surprising is the shift in tone, one that is brought on by how Kratos and his son aren’t motivated by vengeance, but rather grief and the desire to fulfill the wishes of the woman who was their wife and mother, respectively. That shift in tone appears to carry through the rest of the game as well, as even though there appears to be plenty of monster-killing action in store, that action also seems to fit an entirely different purpose.
Nevertheless, Kratos’ old ways may not stay buried forever, as the trailer makes a not-so-subtle reference to his preferred weapons, the Blades of Chaos or Blades of Athena. Just how that will play out is anyone’s guess but at least now fans know how close they are to finding out.
God of War will be available exclusively on PlayStation 4 Friday, April 20, 2018.