After beginning in Greek mythology 13 years ago and stopping off in the Norse realms later this year, Kratos may go on to explore other settings in the future.
Cory Barlog ,the director of God of War II and the upcoming series refresh, recently told Game Informer that further entries might be set in other mythologies. According to Barlog, the first seven games comprised “the Greek era of God of War,” and “the next mythological belief system [Kratos] 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.”
Whether the “Norse era” will last only one game or also become a more expansive narrative remains to be seen, but Sony decided to reinvent the series because it was becoming predictable and formulaic.
“It was getting old,” explained Sony Santa Monica’s studio head Shannon Studstill. “I think people were starting to say, ‘What’s next?’”
The upcoming God of War refresh will be quite the departure for the series, adopting an over-the-shoulder camera perspective and replacing Kratos’s signature Blades of Chaos with a magical axe. Kratos will also be accompanied throughout his latest adventure by his son, Atreus. Furthermore, the game will include non-linear elements, with playtests placing the game at between 25 and 35 hours long.
God of War is currently without a specific release date, although it is expected to launch in early 2018, exclusively for PlayStation 4.