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God of War PS4 dev backs single-player games after Star Wars revamp

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God of War director Cory Barlog has spoken in defense of single-player games following the major revamp of Visceral Games’ Star Wars title.

Writing on Twitter, Barlog, who heads up the team at Sony Interactive Entertainment Santa Monica Studio, expressed disappointment that the term linear could be considered a negative in videogames.

His comments come in light of Electronic Arts’ confirmation that it has shuttered Visceral Games and taking Star Wars back to the drawing board. 

Speculation at the time suggested that one of the main reasons for the decision came to down the publisher questioning the game’s commercial viability as a single-player only game. 

I love linear single player games. Saddens me when the word linear is considered a bad thing. You can have agency in a linear story game,” he said.

Barlog’s comments aren’t exactly surprising. After all, the God of War series is not only one of the biggest franchises on the market, but more importantly, is a linear, story-driven action-adventure IP. 

The upcoming PlayStation 4 entry in the long-running series does, however, attempt to increase things in terms of scale.

From what we’ve seen from early gameplay videos, God of War employs larger game environments, with players able to ‘discover’ new areas ala Tomb Raider and Horizon Zero Dawn.

That’s not to say that it’s gone true open-world, as it hasn’t. The game is still very much a linear adventure at heart, but it would seem that Barlog and his team are looking to offer more incentive to explore the game’s locations than previous iterations. 

God of War release date

Sony has confirmed that God of War is due for release at some point in 2018. The game was formally announced during the format holder’s E3 2016 press conference, where it was revealed Kratos will be returning as the main protagonist.

However, unlike the previous God of War games, the bald anti-hero will now be mixing it up with creatures based on Norse mythology, eschewing the Greek-flavored trappings of earlier titles. It’s also set to be the most brutal God of War title to date.