God of War Influenced by The Last of Us, Features ‘Special Unlocks’

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Cory Barlog, director of the new God of War game on PlayStation 4, takes to Twitter to answer fan questions, revealing its inspirations, New Game Plus, and more.

We haven’t seen much of the new God of War game since it was first revealed to the world at E3 2016 in June. While we probably won’t see more of the game for awhile, director Cory Barlog is making the wait for another look at God of War less painful by answering fan questions about it on Twitter.

One fan inquired about the game’s length, which Cory clarified would be less than 100 hours. However, the new God of War will have replayability by retaining the franchise’s New Game Plus feature, which will allow players to replay the game with unique weaponry and gear. As is the case with other entries in the series, players will have to unlock these special items by completing specific tasks in the game.

Another fan asked Barlog what games inspired the new take on God of War, and Barlog pointed to critically-acclaimed titles like Resident Evil 4 and The Last of Us. The new third-person, over-the-shoulder camera style definitely seems to have been lifted from Resident Evil 4, and the relationship between Kratos and his son seems to echo the dynamic of Ellie and Joel from The Last of Us. Outside of gaming, Barlog also stated that God of War has taken inspiration from films such as The Road, The Neverending Story, Road to Perdition, The Tree of Life, and more.


Besides its inspirations and New Game Plus feature, Barlog’s responses to fan questions have revealed other details about God of War as well. For example, the game will still have Kratos opening chests to obtain items – a staple of the series. Barlog also claimed that we’ve only seen 1% of the game so far, meaning that Kratos’ new adventure, while not 100 hours in length, should still be quite sizable.

The information Barlog has given fans on the new God of War should help tide them over until the game is ready to be shown off again. Since Sony is skipping Gamescom this year, it’s hard to say when more God of War footage will come, and there’s a chance we may not see it again until next year’s E3 event.

God of War fans that are too impatient to wait for more footage of the game to drop should pay attention to Barlog’s Twitter account. Assuming he continues to communicate with fans on a regular basis, there should be plenty more tidbits on the new God of War and its Norse mythology setting on his Twitter feed as development on the game continues.

God of War is currently in development as a PlayStation 4 exclusive.

Source: Cory Barlog