Cory Barlog, director of the new God of War, recently had an interview. In the video, called “Behind the Myths”, Barlog talks more about the game’s lore, story, and central plot elements. Of course, the core of it all is family and the relationship between Atreus and Kratos.
In a new video interview, God of War director Cory Barlog has talked a little bit more about the game’s lore. We find out more about how Kratos will fit in Norse mythology, and how the motif of family and the father-son dynamic of Kratos and Atreus is one of the central building blocks of the game. The series has always done a great job of incorporating Kratos in the mythology fairly seamlessly, so the new God of War has to do the same. And, judging by the interview, we’re in good hands. You can check out the video below.
One of the more interesting moments of the interview would be Atreus’s journal. First off, as Barlog points out, books as we know them now were virtually unheard of, especially in the far north. The fact that Atreus has one is pretty interesting. Moreover, since it’s his journal, it’ll help us get to know Atreus better. Another thing that caught my attention was, of course, the relationship between Kratos and Atreus. Kratos is a horrible father, of course, but he’s struggling to bond with his son. On the other hand, Atreus feels that Kratos hates him. Meanwhile he’s experiencing his god-like powers that he doesn’t understand and… Wait. Is the new God of War a coming-of-age story? An allegory about puberty? That’d… actually be kinda neat.
In other God of War news, Cory Barlog has confirmed that God of War won’t have microtransactions on his Twitter. Quite forcefully, too. It’s good to remind oneself that there are still big-name developers that eschew the concept of microtransactions / loot boxes. A while ago, it was also revealed that God of War won’t have a season pass, either. It’s kinda sad that we praise games that don’t have loot boxes and season passes, but hey, in this climate, credit where credit is due.