As the long-awaited sequel to 2010's God of War III, this year's God of War is taking the franchise in a whole new direction and marooning exiled Spartan Kratos in a strange new land. Over the first seven God of War games, "The Ghost of Sparta" has locked horns with the Greek gods, but now, God of War sees a move to Norse mythology. Already being heralded as one of the console's best entries, it seems that even the competition can't help but praise Sony.
Posting on Twitter, head of Xbox brand Phil Spencer gave God of War and PlayStation Worldwide Studios leader Shuhei Yoshida a pat on the back for reinventing the series in such a big way:
Spencer was then joined by director of programming Larry Hryb, who couldn't help but echo the same sentiment:
Congrats. Looks like a winner !— [ 💬 Larry Hryb ] (@majornelson) April 12, 2018
God of War is already grabbing headlines ahead of its April 20 release, however, to have the support of two industry experts like Spencer and Hryb is a coup for the game. Admittedly, Spencer congratulates Sony whenever the company does particularly well in the market, but it is still refreshing to see that his passion is for video games and not simply for making money.
It may be all smiles and congratulations from Xbox, but there are already big concerns about what Microsoft is doing to catch up with its main competitor. Nintendo's family-orientated gaming places it in a different league, while the likes of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has put it in good stead. Over at the house that the Xbox built, there is little on the horizon that sets it apart from the rest. Given that The Last of Us Part 2 and Insomniac's Spider-Man are both coming solely to the PS4 later this year, the likes of Spencer and Hryb should probably prepare similar congratulatory tweets to send in Sony's direction.
Giving a breath of fresh air to God of War after the mixed reviews of the last game, it looks like Kratos' grim future is a lot brighter in the video game industry. Sony has already confirmed that at least one more game will stick around in Midgard, while other possible mythologies to explore include Egyptian and Mayan civilizations. Either way, God of War looks like it is going from strength to strength before it has even hit shelves - watch this space.
- God of War (2018 Video Game) release date: Apr 20, 2018
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