Find out how Santa Monica Studio created a more complex and layered Kratos for God of War on PS4

The studio details the changes to its once bloodthirsty warrior ahead of the game's 20th April launch

“There’s an internal journey for every human being,” God of War Creative Director Cory Barlog recently told me. “In the old games, we tackled more of the physical journey. The emotional journey, the internal journey, is far more intriguing now.”

Indeed. Kratos has come a long, long way since the closing moments of 2010’s God of War III. It’s not just the bushy beard, or the magical throwing axe, or the son traveling by his side. It’s his manner, his temperament. Something is different.

God of War: The Evolution of Kratos

This is important because, as anybody who’s ever played God of War knows, Kratos has demonstrated exactly two emotions: effortless cool and bloodthirsty rage. And that was enough to propel him through six games — seven, if you count the mobile title. And for most of the series, his single-minded bloodlust was so overt and so unapologetic that it felt fresh, groundbreaking.

God of War: The Evolution of Kratos God of War: The Evolution of KratosGod of War: The Evolution of Kratos


But time affects us all, and 2018’s God of War will show us a side of the character we’ve never seen before. Watch our new video above to learn more about how Santa Monica Studio is evolving this iconic character.

God of War: The Evolution of KratosGod of War: The Evolution of Kratos


As for Barlog? Some things never change. “I have always had this overdelivery complex,” Barlog said. “I keep obsessively adding things, making the game bigger and better, because I can’t leave anything on the table. I want to give the whole experience. You’ll get everything I can possibly give.”

The excitement is palpable. God of War returns to PlayStation on 20th April.

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Carnivius_Prime 16 April, 2018 @ 15:09

Is it 20th April yet? *taps foot impatiently*


Pre order cancelled because I don’t want to support this kind of thing. Will get it on sale, though. Genuine Kratos, you will be dearly missed… (still my favourite in-game trailer of all time)

Carnivius_Prime 16 April, 2018 @ 18:16

Don’t want to support what kind of thing? High quality, well written, beautifully designed single player gaming experiences?

And who’s to say ‘genuine’ Kratos isn’t still in there? Amongst actual depth and character development for a change.

hopefully there’s an option to put the kid up for adoption.

U guys do know it is for some reason not available to buy on Amazon as well as many other 1st party games.

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