We may have to wait for the God of War PS4 release date until 2018, but with E3 2017 rapidly approaching we’re salivating at the thought of Sony Santa Monica showing us some more hard-hitting gameplay footage.
The upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive title is injecting plenty of twists to the formula in terms of its gameplay mechanics, camera viewpoints, and perspective, and a significant change to the depth and understanding of lead protagonist, Kratos. Safe to say that this isn’t going to be the God of War we’re used too, but even so, what has been presented of the project so far, including the promise that it will be gorier than ever, does look appealing and the changes that’s being given to the series all seem to be positive.
The new God of War, coming to PS4 soon
Until God of War PS4 finally arrives here’s five awesome facts you may or may not have known about the series; including secrets and changes within the development of the series that never saw the light of day. Pray to Ares, kick-back and have a good read.
Spartan History X
Kratos’ character design stands out as something that’s iconic and appealing, while still being recognizable to that of its dire theme—that being Greek mythology consisting of soldiers in skirts. The character’s initial design is actually a combination of Russell Crowe’s knockout performance in the movie Gladiator, and Edward Norton’s role as the neo-Nazi supremacist turned rebellious saviour, Derek Vinyard, in American History X. It should be noted that the character’s design is in no way reference to Derek Vinyard’s personality and views on race and beliefs, but to that of his visual characteristics and anger. The goal was initially to create a character that was not only a visual standout but one that also looked threatening and powerful, and it would seem that the integration of these two fictional characters proved to be the perfect combination.
Kratos looking hard as nails
Brothers in Arms
Kratos has never been fond of the gods, and despite their betrayal and the Greek family tragedy which attempts to justify his actions, Kratos’ actual hatred towards Olympus isn’t down to the betrayal of Zeus attempting to be rid of him during the events of God of War 2. In actual fact, Kratos’ hatred dates back to God of War: Ghost of Sparta, the PSP title which takes place a year after the events of the original God of War. After being haunted by visions of his past, Kratos seeks to find out the truth about the mysterious abduction of his brother, Deimos. Refusing to abide by Athena’s wishes of letting sleeping dogs lie, the rage-fuelled Spartan sets out on a quest in order to find out the identity of the two shaded figures who took away his brother while they were children.
God of War: Ghost of Sparta on PSP
As it just so happens, the two responsible for the kidnapping where infact Athena and the original God of War, Aries. Believing the tale of an Oracle that the demise of Olympus would come by the blade of a "marked warrior,” Zeus and Ares devise a plan to locate and destroy the alleged prophet in order to insure their existence. In a fool-hearted mistake coupled by the fear of their own wretched lives coming to an end, Athena and Aries believed the young and scarred Spartan Deimos to be the one responsible for their inevitable downfall. Problem here however is that they picked the wrong warrior.
Imprisoning Deimos in the realm of death while allowing Kratos to live and grow enraged not only aided in raising his hatred for them, but it also gave way in his rise to power. Upon locating and freeing his brother, Kratos then sought justice in the only way he could. Not only did he murder the God of Death himself, Thanos, but also his daughter, Erinys. With his brother facing death due to the battle with Thanos, Kratos swore revenge against each and every one of the gods, planning to overthrow them before the eventual betrayal of Zeus which followed the events in God of War 2. "The gods will pay for this."
Hercules? More like, Jerk-ules.
Critically acclaimed as the best entry in the God of War series, God of War 3 sees Kratos do battle with the legendary monster slayer himself—Hercules. Armed with a pair metal boxing gloves known as the Nemean Cestus, these large sharp gauntlets are actually carved in reference to the slaughtering of the Nemean Lion, a trial in which Hercules pursued as part of his twelve labours.
Kratos takes on the might of Hercules
However, as interesting as this may be the most standout aspect of this encounter isn’t the weapons, no, it’s the voice actor who portrays Hercules. Known for his role on the popular television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, which debuted during the 90s across Sky 1, the Sci-Fi channel and various broadcasting networks globally, it seems so fitting that Kevin David Sorbo would be given another opportunity to reprise his role as the legendary hero, even if it’s within a different form of media and entertainment.
Never Enough Gods
While God of War 3 may have ended in an unfortunate yet incredibly spectacular manner, it still managed to leave the door open (somewhat) for the next chapter in the series, due out in 2017. The game’s original ending, which was unfortunately cut, would have seen not only the Greeks and Norwegians falling prey to the enraged Spartan psychopath, but also to that of the Egyptians.
During an interview with Gametrailers, God of War creator David Jaffee revealed his initial plans for the third game, which involved the Greek gods and the Titans waging war with those of the Egyptian and Norse mythologies. This battle would’ve have been the result of Kratos killing Zeus during the beginning of the game, leading to a dimensional-tear where they would pass through and fight for what was left of the world. Jaffee’s take on the game would have played host a large number of interesting ideas; the majority of which involved the use of new locations, new boss battles, and the birth of modern-day belief systems. One of these ideas saw Kratos travelling to Egypt and doing battle with the Sphinx.
Kratos battles Zeus
Using the head of one the Gorgon sisters, Stheno, Kratos would turn the beast to stone therefore resulting in the Sphinx statue we know to be today. Upon realizing that the solution to defeating the gods was to convince what was left of humanity to stop believing in them, this would then grant him the opportunity to defeat the gods once and for all. Jaffee’s final ending for the game would have our tortured warrior finally being reunited with his wife and daughter, while the Three Wise Men most commonly known to the Christian bible, would be seen travelling in the direction of the North Star, therefore giving rise to Christianity.
Kratos, No, The Real Kratos.
Despite being believed to be a purely fictional character created for the purposes of the game, it has been suggested that there was an actual god by the name of Kratos. Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves though, he wasn’t exactly well-known, nor was he of actual importance like the rest of the gods that we’ve come to familiarize ourselves with. Kratos was believed to be a god of strength and might, as well as being one of four siblings with the others being Nike, Bia and Zelus. These four largely-irrelevant nobodies of Greek mythology where the children of Pallas, the titan and the goddess Styx.
We may have to wait until 2018 for God of War, but you know what? God of War is awesome—It’s full of blood, vengeance and angry, white, bald dudes, and absolutely worth the wait. But until then, let us know your thoughts in the comments. Why do you love God of War? Do you? You better. Hail Aries!