Kratos is the hero of God of War, however his function within the franchise was in some unspecified time in the future put into query, nevertheless briefly or non-seriously it might need been. In a brand new interview, artistic director Cory Barlog stated Kratos has at all times been vital to him personally, however some inside Sony–and some fans–questioned if it is likely to be time to go away Kratos behind.
“Lots of people, all through the event course of, [in the public] and within the studio, have been like: ‘Why hold Kratos?'” Barlog advised IGN. But when requested straight if Sony ever critically thought-about dropping the character, Barlog stated, “No.” However, there was some extent in improvement 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 virtually compelled to eliminate Atreus, as a result of everybody was panicked about how sophisticated it was going to be,” Barlog stated. “But Kratos, no; I used to be fairly adamant proper from the start in saying: I wished the problem of taking a personality that some folks loathed. They’re like, ‘Look, I do not like this character. He’s simply reprehensible at occasions.’ We wrote him that means. We made him the anti-hero deliberately.”
In the brand new God of War, Kratos just isn’t going to be an all-around good man. He will nonetheless have some tough edges, however the total purpose is to make Kratos extra relatable. Barlog stated he desires gamers to come back away from God of War feeling unhealthy for Kratos, rooting for him, or referring to his experiences.
From what we have seen and realized of God of War to this point, we’re seeing a softer facet of Kratos who remains to be agency along with his son, Atreus, but additionally 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.”