God of War is steeped in Norse mythology, but the game almost took place in Egypt, developer Cory Barlog has revealed.
During a presentation at Devcom (via GearNuke), Barlog revealed to the audience that there was a lot of internal debate over the location—and the mythology—that the most recent God of War game would be based around. The team was evenly split between those voting for Norse mythology and those voting for Egyptian mythology, and Barlog himself had to cast the deciding vote.
There are still some relics from the time the game could have taken place in Egypt, though, and Barlog had two pieces of early concept art to show off. One shows the Norse-inspired game we have today, while the other depicts the Egyptian landscape that didn’t make the final cut.
Barlog had some other interesting bits of trivia to share. While Kratos’ relationship with his son Atreus is a central part of the game as we know it now, it was a controversial decision at the time. Barlog had trouble convincing playtesters that it made sense for Kratos to have a kid at all.
God of War is currently out on PlayStation 4.