Kratos is the hero of God of War, however his position within the franchise was sooner or later put into query, nonetheless briefly or non-seriously it might need been. In a brand new interview, inventive director Cory Barlog stated Kratos has all the time been necessary to him personally, however some inside Sony–and some fans–questioned if it may be time to go away Kratos behind.
“Lots of people, all through the event course of, [in the public] and within the studio, had been like: ‘Why hold Kratos?'” Barlog instructed IGN. But when requested immediately if Sony ever critically thought of dropping the character, Barlog stated, “No.” However, there was some extent in growth that Barlog was apparently being pushed to drop Kratos’ son, Atreus, however he pushed again.
“There was some extent the place I used to be nearly pressured to eliminate Atreus, as a result of everybody was panicked about how difficult it was going to be,” Barlog stated. “But Kratos, no; I used to be fairly adamant proper from the start in saying: I needed the problem of taking a personality that some individuals loathed. They’re like, ‘Look, I do not like this character. He’s simply reprehensible at instances.’ We wrote him that method. We made him the anti-hero deliberately.”
In the brand new God of War, Kratos isn’t going to be an all-around good man. He will nonetheless have some tough edges, however the general purpose is to make Kratos extra relatable. Barlog stated he needs gamers to return away from God of War feeling unhealthy for Kratos, rooting for him, or referring to his experiences.
From what we have seen and discovered of God of War thus far, we’re seeing a softer facet of Kratos who remains to be agency together with his son, Atreus, but in addition extra understanding. Of course, Kratos remains to be a brutal killer who eviscerates enemies with savagery. So it is going to be attention-grabbing to see how the sport balances this. We’ll discover out comparatively quickly, as God of War, a Nordic journey set in Scandinavia, arrives for PS4 on April 20.
For extra on God of War, take a look at GameSpot’s new opinion piece, “God Of War Finally Fixes The Series’ Boring Combat.”