First unveiled at Sony’s E3 showcase back in 2016, God of War is a new chapter in the historic franchise, transporting the established characters of Kratos to a brand new setting, as well as surrounding him with new characters.
In the gameplay demo at E3 2016, Kratos could be seen accompanying a child named Atreus through a woodland location, before the pair encountered a massive beast in a fight to the death. The duo defeated the beast, but not without the child accidentally putting an arrow in the shoulder of Kratos.
God of War Essential Information
- Release Date: Early 2018
- Platform: PlayStation 4 Exclusive
- Price: TBC Full Price
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE)
- Developer: Sony Santa Monica (Previously created: God of War 1-3)
The latest trailer we have for 2018's God of War is the one just below, which shows both Kratos and Atreus once again at the heart of combat with what looks like a fire golem. We still have no firm release date for the game, other than "early 2018".
God of War Release Date
When it was first revealed at E3 2016, speculation was afoot that God of War could release in 2017. However Sony cut short this speculation at E3 2017, revealing that the game would release in "early 2018".
On December 5, the PSN Store listing for God of War seemed to reveal a March 22, 2018 release date for the game. However this was then to a December 31, 2018 on the store listing. While this seems to have been a simple mistake over at PlayStation, it's possible they could have accidentally revealed the release date for the game.
The potential release date of March 22 resurfaced for a second time through a Portugese retailer in early January 2018. While we still don't have anything conclusive on the potential God of War release date right now, it's worth bearing in mind that this is the second time the release date of March 22 has surfaced.
God of War Game Informer Gameplay Details
The February Game Informer cover story was recently revealed to be God of War, and the Sony Santa Monica team revealed a ton of new gameplay details for the upcoming PS4 game. The dev team are staying tight lipped on the release date for God of War, and they also aren't revealing whether there'll be any other weapons in the game, in addition to the Leviathan Axe and the shield we've already seen Kratos using.
But what we do know is that combat is based on prioritising enemies, and certain enemies are even invulnerable to the Leviathan Axe. Kratos can throw the unique axe to freeze enemies, and then summon it back with just a single button press. The shield can be used to parry in the middle of combat, and there's also no more dedicated jump button for God of War, as Santa Monica have done away with both swimming and jumping.
Kratos' son, Atreus, will rain arrows on enemies while in combat, but you can also command him using Square to attack certain enemies. There's also a pretty significant new upgrade system, in which Kratos can upgrade his Leviathan Axe, shield, and skills like Spartan Rage, and there's also a new crafting system, which Santa Monica aren't saying much about right now.
To round out the big God of War cover story on Game Informer, game director Cory Barlog revealed that he had to go back to the drawing board for the upcoming game, pitching Sony something new and original in the aftermath of God of War: Ascension. Santa Monica are trying to get away from the 'destroy all gods' mentality of the previous games, and Barlog hopes that the upcoming God of War will reach far more players than before, breathing new life into the franchise.
How Long Will it Take to Complete God of War on PS4?
If you thought the upcoming PS4 debut for God of War would be a short game, think again. It looks like God of War on PS4 is going to be about 25 hours long.
"We are in final phases right now. Doing a lot of playtesting," said Creative Director, Cory Barlog on stage at PSX. "Over the last four or five playtests, we've been clocking the total gameplay time is somewhere in the arena of 25 to 35 hours. So accidentally made it a lot bigger."
Assuming there isn't a lot of padding, that's a very long play time for a God of War game.
God of War E3 2017 Trailer Analysis
A stunning trailer for God of War was shown at E3 2017, showing off the new camera system and the dynamic Kratos has with this son. It ended with an encounter with the giant World Serpent, who seems to be a friend.
Although Sony didn’t really make a big deal out of any of its games during the PlayStation e3 2017 conference, the God of War footage was very impressive. We’ve looked over the trailer and picked out some key info.
- At the start of the trailer Kratos is seen throwing his axe into the water. This is shown later to be a way to summon the World Serpent, a giant snake that wants to help Kratos and his son. In Norse mythology the World Serpent is one of Loki’s children, with Thor being his arch-enemy. Does this suggest that Thor will be the main foe in God of War?
- We see a shot of what could well be a massive fallen jötunn (1.23) and a huge hammer (1.26). This could well be Thor’s hammer. Mjölnir. In the trailer Kratos’ Son claims to be cursed and different to his father, but it’s not clear how this fits in with the story.
- The head Kratos is carrying behind his back is thought to be Baldur, the Norse god of Light.
- At 1.28 we see two wolves with glowing eyes. These could be wargs, but whether or not they are Fenrir, or his sons Sköll and Hati isn’t clear.
- At 1.48 we hear some dialogue suggesting the Norse gods aren’t happy with Kratos being in their world: “The gods of these realms don’t take kindly to outsiders, trust me, when they find you, and they will, they’ll make things difficult.”
- Combat sees Kratos using a combination of axe and shield attacks (the shield fans out to be fully formed). He is also seen using an axe slam area of effect move. It’s unclear how the combos work and if there will be a on-screen counter as the footage doesn’t include a UI.
- The game is still very violent (cutting enemies in half and slicing heads clean off).
- At 2.51 we see Kratos traversing the environment. Kratos is climbing a cliff face with his son on his back. His son gets involved in combat at various points in the trailer, acting as a helper to Kratos. At 3.26 he’s seen stabbing an enemy in the face while Kratos climbs.
- At 3.30 Kratos’ son suggests that you might recruit helpers over the course of the game: “Not everyone is bad. Mother always said to be open to those who can help”
- As well as climbing, we see Kratos moving through the environment via a canoe at 3.37.
God of War Collector’s Edition
As of right now, God of War doesn’t have a definitive price tag attached to it, but given the fact that all previous games in the series were priced at the standard $60, consumers should expect to be paying around the same amount for the forthcoming game.
The Collector’s Edition for God of War, as seen listed online by a German retailer, was priced at 200 Euros. This featured the standard game, a 9 inch statue of Kratos and Atreus fighting two Helmsters, two carved toy figurines (as played with by Atreus), a steelbook case, a lithograph print, a map of the in-game world, the original soundtrack, and a Shield Pack containing 3 in-game shields for Kratos to use.
God of War’s New Setting and Characters
Whereas the previous God of War games drew from Greek mythology in their setting, the upcoming God of War is slated to be influenced by Norse mythology, according to Sony. Outside of this, neither the publisher or developer has said much else about the setting, but we did get a glimpse of the larger world at the end of the E3 gameplay demo.
In the latter stages of the gameplay demo, viewers spotted a few mysterious creatures, such as a ghost-like figure stood behind Atreus at one point, as well as a huge, snake-like creature making its way through the trees in the valley at the end of the demo. A winged creature also appears for a split second at one point, carrying what looks to be a fairly hefty spear.
On top of this, game director Cory Barlog revealed on twitter that the name of the child seen accompanying Kratos throughout the E3 demo is Atreus. Historically, Atreus was the son of Zeus, banished after murdering his brother, but this could all become irrelevant given the new setting of God of War.
Elsewhere in the gameplay demo reveal at E3 2016, the focus was firmly on Kratos, and his struggle to connect with Atreus. After killing the deer, Kratos was unable to comfort the child, and during the fight against the horned monster, Atreus accidentally shot an arrow into the shoulder of Kratos, angering but not significantly injuring him.
We’ll keep an eye out for all things God of War, and update this page with any new information that comes our way about the blockbuster game.
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