God of War 4 will see the return of series protagonist Kratos and will be based on Norse mythology, according to industry chatter.
NeoGAF’s resident tipster, Shinobi602, spoke of the setting on Twitter, while a series of concept art also managed to trickle onto the forum via a previous report from NerdLeaks.
Among the details leaked include the fact Kratos now returns sporting a beard, and he’ll pay a visit to the ‘Land of the Fairies,’ one of the Nine Worlds and home to the Light Elves. He’s armed with an axe, which apart from using to slice up adversaries can also be used to hack away at vines to create bridges/walkways.
There’s also talk of interactive environments. For example, should Kratos brush up against said vines, they’ll cough up visible spores.
Of course, all of this info should be taken with a hefty pinch of salt until we hear something concrete from Sony Santa Monica Studios. Supposedly, the concept art came from an artist who worked at the studio on the sequel last year.
Sony has been pretty quiet on God of War as of late, with the last proper instalment in the franchise coming in the shape of 2013’s God of War Ascension. The company remastered God of War 3 for the PlayStation 4 last summer, though we’ve yet to hear anything on a fourth game.
God of War was first released on the PlayStation 2 in 2005, and a sequel followed two years later, which was seen by many as the console’s epic swan song.
God of War 3 turned up for the PS3 in early 2010, and we’ve seen two handheld entries to date for the PlayStation Portable: God of War Chains of Olympus and God of War Ghost of Sparta. The portable outings were developed by Ready at Dawn instead of SCE Santa Monica, however.
Sony announced in 2012 that the franchise had sold over 21 million copies worldwide.