A short but impactful video from Santa Monica Studio explains how Kratos’ evolution in the new God of War doesn’t make him a hero, but at least makes him more human.
The Journey of Kratos video is hosted by game director Cory Barlog, who talks about Kratos’ life after God of War III, and how it translated into the man we see in the new God of War. Kratos’ mindset in previous games was to blame everyone else for his problems, but the new game has the character more open to a change in his emotions and perspective. This is due almost entirely to his son, Atreus, who, as Barlog describes, is the “hand that pulls humanity out of [Kratos’] dark heart.”
“There’s an internal journey for every human being,” Barlog said to Sony Interactive Entertainment social media director Sid Shuman. “In the old games, we tackled more of the physical journey. The emotional journey, the internal journey, is far more intriguing now.”
EGM talks about Kratos’ emotional journey in our official review of God of War. The connection between Kratos and his son is definitely one of the game’s highlights, but it’s far from the only thing the game has going for it.
In other God of War news, Barlog recently sat down with GameSpot to discuss the sequel’s new direction with the series’ combat. The new game’s deviation from the expected was very intentional, according to Barlog, as it was a chance for the development team to flex its progress as game creators.
Source: PlayStation Blog