With God of War heading to Norse mythology when it hit consoles and PCs later this year, it sounds like future games in the series could focus on the Egyptians and Mayans.
As one of our most-anticipated games of 2018, it seems everyone can't wait to tool up and take on the mythological beasts of Sony's game series. As a soft reboot of the series, the latest God of War (technically number eight) will leave behind its Greek setting and take on the likes of Thor and Odin. Presuming that the game does as well as fans of the franchise hope, the brains behind God of War have ambitious plans for its future.
Speaking to Game Informer, God of War director Cory Barlog threw around a few possibilities of where he sees the games going next:
"The Greek games were the Greek era of God of War. Moving on, the next mythological belief system he interacts with became the Norse era of God of War. But we may end up going on to the Egyptian era and the Mayan era and so on and so forth."
As the sequel to 2010's critically-acclaimed God of War III, this year's entry will once again follow the hero Kratos as he takes on a new batch of fearsome foes. However, this time, Kratos will have his son in tow and a much colder setting to help usher in a new era for God of War. It is interesting that Barlog doesn't seem to want to stick to Norse mythology for long, so perhaps God of War will be the only game hanging around the shores of Scandinavia.
Shannon Studstill, Sony Santa Monica Head of Studio, explained the importance of the upcoming game and how the series needed to find some new blood after eight games and 13 years:
"What became apparent to me was that we were watching this franchise wane a bit. It was getting old. The storyline with Kratos being the hardcore badass - I think people were starting to say, 'What's next?’ I felt like, in order to reinvent, we really needed to turn a lot of things around."
It will come as no surprise that God of War will likely tackle the Egyptians at some point. At E3 2016, Barlog revealed that half of the team had been well into an Egyptian setting for a new game when the team decided to switch to the Norse setting. We also know that God of War won't be the last game for Kratos, so could the hardened survivor be sent looking for his "mummy" in the sandy setting of Egypt?
Either way, it is great to see that a series that was once circling the drain thanks to the like of God of War: Ascension is heading out on a brave new course of next-generation gaming. Similar to the way that Assassins Creed isn't afraid of charting new territory, God of War could mark the beginning of a whole new world (or worlds) for the flagship PlayStation property. There is still no release date, but God of War is slated for an early 2018 drop.
Source: Game Informer