God of War, the next installment in the eponymous franchise, has been officially revealed during Sony’s E3 2017 conference. The game is a sequel to God of War III, and follows Kratos and his son Atreus on a journey through the far north, fighting against creatures from Norse mythology. God of War will come out some time in 2018, and it will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
At long last, it’s time for the Kratos to return. This time around, we see him many years after God of War III, traveling Scandinavia with his son Atreus. On their way, they meet many friendly and hostile creatures from Norse mythology, such as trolls, dwarfs, Loki, Fenrir, and Jörmungandr, by the looks of it. Or, as Sony puts it:
Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.
Of course, the new God of War also got a trailer that’s part gameplay and part cinematic CGI. The cinematic part gives us little snippets of plot, as we see little Atreus in some kind of distress, as well as Kratos training his son to be a ruthless warrior. One thing that I noted while watching is that Jörmungandr (the giant snake) wants to help Kratos on his journey. This might be a hint that we’ll be starting Ragnarok this time around.
As for the gameplay, it seems like pretty standard God of War fare. However, one noticeable difference is that there’s no more third-person camera. This time, it’s more of a over-the-shoulder kind of deal. You can check out the video for yourself below.