Santa Monica Studio’s forthcoming action title, God of War, will not have multiplayer, nor will it be the protagonist Kratos’ last game in the franchise.
According to God of War‘s director Cory Barlog’s discussion with the Spanish gaming outlet Level Up, the forthcoming title won’t include a multiplayer mode, which was initially put into the franchise with the PS3 prequel, God of War: Ascension. Not to mention, the God of War director went on to confirm that we won’t be seeing the last of Kratos in the new game, as he should make an appearance in subsequent releases.
Furthermore, when pressed for extra details, Barlog explained that in the new God of War, Kratos’ son is well aware of his father’s demigod status, but has no clue about his past. With this being the case, it might explain why Kratos was more subdued than usual in what was shown during the title’s E3 2016 gameplay footage, as he could be attempting to make amends for his past and move forward to a future of redemption.
Plus, if Level Up is to be believed, God of War will be running at 30 frames-per-second on the PlayStation 4 once it’s released. However, neither the game’s publisher Sony, nor its developer Santa Monica Studio have officially confirmed whether or not its visuals will be locked at that rate, will exceed it, or if the number is accurate at all.
While God of War was certainly one of the biggest surprises to come out of E3 2016, it’s not too shocking to find out that the forthcoming action release will lack a multiplayer mode. After all, even though developers have altered some of the series’ core elements such as changing the camera perspective to a spot behind-the-shoulder and including a sidekick for Kratos with his son, it’s obvious that God of War‘s fans and developers alike agree that the franchise is primarily a vehicle for a single player campaign focused on the Ghost of Sparta. Nevertheless, it’s interesting that Barlog would state so early that Kratos is bound to show up in more releases, as a lot of developers nowadays are keen to save such a tidbit as a tease for what’s to come after launch day.
Of course, since God of War‘s official reveal at Sony’s press conference at this year’s E3, the game’s creators have been pretty forthcoming regarding its contents, providing such revelations as to why Kratos has moved from Greece and is a part of Norse mythology now, as well as the fact that he won’t be exploring an open world. Not to mention, God of War‘s director has even revealed some aspects of the development process that divulged how the game almost received an Egypt setting.
Although loads of information has been shared since God of War‘s reveal last week, gamers ought to expect even more details to be released as the year progresses. In the meantime, though, fans would do well to check out the game’s demo once more to see if some of its Easter eggs unveil any more clues as to what could be included in the final version.
God of War is currently without an official release date, but it is expected to be a PlayStation 4 exclusive.