Without a doubt, Santa Monica Studio’s forthcoming God of War title is easily one of the PS4’s most anticipated exclusives, and the developer has now revealed a new gameplay feature that will likely cause even more excitement among fans of the action-adventure franchise. According to the studio’s Marketing Producer, Aaron Kaufman, Kratos and his son, Atreus, are to share a somewhat equal footing on the battlefield, as the two will have dynamic combat elements occurring between them.

This much was revealed during an interview in the most recent issue of Official PlayStation Magazine UK, wherein Kaufman described a certain sequence in which the God of War protagonist and his young offspring team up to take down enemies with unique moves. The Santa Monica Studio Marketing Producer assured fans that the ability he explained is just one example among many that can be used with Kratos and Atreus acting in tandem during combat.

“There’s a really cool move where he [Atreus] jumps on the back enemy’s back and you hit the Square button, which is for the son, and he’ll jump above the enemy’s back and start firing arrows, and then you can throw your axe. And that’s just one example of the dynamism between him [Kratos] and Atreus.”

Although the dynamic combat between Kratos and Atreus wasn’t on full display during God of War‘s “Be a Warrior” E3 2017 trailer, the footage did offer a glimpse at one situation in particular in which the Ghost of Sparta’s son stood perched atop an enemy’s back, only to dive off after his father hit the baddie with an uppercut. While mid-air, Atreus then followed Kratos’ attack up by shooting a shock arrow at the opponent, adding extra damage to the assault.

All things considered, this teamwork component between Kratos and Atreus acts as yet another illustration of the way in which Santa Monica Studio looks to have the PS4-exclusive God of War stand out among its predecessors as a more evolved and refined entry in the series. In addition to this new gameplay component, the developer also plans on doing away with the series’ camera cuts and quick-time events, which will ultimately help refresh the look and feel of the franchise.

God of War is scheduled to release sometime in early 2018 for the PlayStation 4.

Source: Official PlayStation Magazine UK – Issue 183 (via PlayStation Universe)