The recent PlayStation Experience 2017 stage presentation didn’t hold a ton of surprises, but one thing fans did learn was that the upcoming God of War will run them an insanely long time.
PSX keynote hosts Shawn Layden and Sid Shuman were joined by a variety of guests over the course of the presentation. The second guest to take the stage, following Guerrilla Games’ Hermen Hulst, was God of War game director Cory Barlog. As soon as Barlog sat down, Shuman immediately started grilling him about how God of War is coming along, to which Barlog revealed that internal play testers are clocking in 25 to 35 hours for the full campaign in its final build.
The full keynote can be seen below, with Barlog’s reveal coming in at around 0:53:00. The director also discussed God of War‘s Paris Games Week trailer, which exhibits a scene that apparently isn’t even part of the game’s main path. This also calls into question if the roughly 30 hours of game time accounts for all side activities, or just burning through the main plot.
One piece of God of War information that was notably lacking from the discussion was a concrete release date, which many expected to be dropped at the event. Barlog assured fans that the game is in the final stages of play testing, but if the developer is still planning to make the “early 2018” release window that was promised, it seems strange that we have yet to get anything more specific.
The Last of Us Part II was another PlayStation exclusive lacking a major presence at the show, although this may be more excusable. As we learned from a developer panel at the show, the game is barely more than halfway through development. We likely won’t be seeing Part II until 2019, but if a recent leak on the PlayStation Store proves true, we could see God of War as early as March 22nd, 2018.