God of War PS4 latest news: release date, gameplay, and trailer
It’s not God of War 4, and it’s not a reboot: it’s God of War for PS4. Here’s what we know about the story, plus gameplay trailer and release date rumours.
Kratos is back, and now he’s a father
Sony started off its 2016 E3 conference with a new God of War game. It isn’t God of War 4, and it isn’t a reboot: the story follows on from previous games, with one major change: Kratos now has a son, Atreus.
Here’s what we know so far about the new God of War for PS4, including the release date, gameplay, and the announcement trailer.
When is the release date?
Development is still ongoing, and the announcement trailer is an “early first glimpse” of the new game. Right now there isn’t even a year to which anyone can pin the game’s release, so it’s anyone’s guess. Still, we have some reason to think it might be coming next year.
A German retailer accidentally posted a listing for a Collector’s Edition of the game, including a release date of 18 January 2018. That might just be a placeholder, but it’s a plausible fit given when we first heard about the title. If you’re curious, that Collector’s Edition includes the game, a statue of Kratos and his son Atreus fighting two Helmsters, two carved toy figurines (as played with by Atreus), a steelbook case, a lithograph print, a map of the in-game world, the original soundtrack, and a Shield Pack containing 3 in-game shields for Kratos to use.
What will the gameplay be like?
Santa Monica Studio has been working on the game for several years.
Creative Director Corey Barlog says on the PlayStation blog that the aim was to “create a different, better and truly more memorable experience than before”. He explains that it’s not a reboot, not a retelling of the original story. Instead he “wanted to reimagine the gameplay, give players a fresh perspective and a new tactile experience while delving deeper into the emotional journey of Kratos to explore the compelling drama that unfolds when an immortal demigod makes a decision to change.”
That’s because in the new God of War, Kratos is a father. The trailer above, which is apparently close to the final opening scene in the game, shows Kratos taking his boy out to hunt deer. Unlike the Kratos in previous games, he’s less violent and more restrained.
The son is integral to the game, and according to The Verge’s interview with Barlog, remains together with Kratos for most of the game. A button on the PS4 controller has even been dedicated to interacting with the boy. Unlike the wide, cinematic camera angles of previous games, the view is now much closer to Kratos’ shoulders.
It should be a slower-paced game and many have already commented on how the combat in the teaser has more than a passing resemblance to Dark Souls. In this NeoGaf forum thread, users have been poring over every last detail in the trailer, trying to spot clues as to the game’s bosses or other characters. So far, there are three main ones: a ghostly figure which is directly above Kratos’ son at 3:34 in the trailer at the top.
Next there’s a fairy-like creature which flies briefly in view at 6:46, followed by what looks like a giant snake slithering past in the background at 9:17.