Early concept art reveals what Sony Santa Monica's God of War could've looked like if it took Kratos to Ancient Egypt. While the series took a jump from Greek mythology to the realms of Norse gods for this year's sequel, it turns out that it was a toss-up between Midgard and Egypt for the rebooted title.
God of War debuted exclusively on the PlayStation 4 back in April and became an early contender for Game of the Year. Taking the long-running adventure series in a whole new direction, God of War took what fans already knew and turned it on its head. Game aficionados already know that Egyptian mythology was a possible setting for God of War, but now they can see what the studio had planned for the concept.
Speaking at the recent Devcom event, God of War director Cory Barlog confessed, as reported by GearNuke, that it was a close call between the idea of Egyptian and Norse mythology before the latter edged ahead. The first prototype reportedly used the Kratos from 2013's God of War: Ascension and the concept art shows the sun-scorched deserts of Egypt. The picture shows Kratos and his son, Atreus, taking on a mythical beast that looks like a Sphinx.
Players know that God of War featured plenty of supersized boss battles, but just imagine exploring gilded tombs and tackling Egyptian monsters. God of War took away Kratos' Blades of Chaos to give him the Leviathan Axe, and although the new weapon of choice isn't visible in the concept art, at least Atreus was part of the original plan. Speaking of which, Barlog admitted that he struggled to convince developers that Kratos having a son was a good idea. Thankfully, everything worked out for God of War.
While God of War stuck with Greek mythology for the first eight years of its life, the move to Norse mythology represents how gamers could one day see an Assassin's Creed style of franchise where different periods of history become the focus. That being said, with the upcoming God of War 5 confirmed to stick with the icy plains of Scandinavia, there's at least one more chance for the Ghost of Sparta to go up against the likes of Odin and Thor.
Considering God of War released just months behind Assassin's Creed Origins - and with the upcoming Assassin's Creed Odyssey moving to Ancient Greece - it's probably for the best that Sony Santa Monica settled on a Nordic setting. With a reinvigorated fanbase for the God of War series, who knows, maybe Barlog and his team will eventually take Kratos back to some sunnier climes and to do battle with Ra, Anubis, and the pharaohs of the past.