Sony showed off some great new gameplay footage for God of War 4 during the E3 2017 press conference tonight. In the nearly five and a half minute reveal, we got some heart-warming moments between Kratos and his son, Atreus, but we were also treated to the brutal and fast-paced combat style that the God of War franchise has been known to deliver over the years. There was even a spot-on moment of humor to supplement all of the action and drama.
First revealed at Sony’s E3 2016 conference, Santa Monica Studio’s God of War 4 makes an interesting shift from Greek mythology to Norse. While the newly revealed gameplay trailer is intriguing, what we know about the game in terms of story is still fairly vague at this point. Santa Monica Studio describes God of War 4, saying that “It is a new beginning for Kratos. Living as a man, outside the shadow of the gods, he seeks solitude in the unfamiliar lands of Norse mythology. With new purpose and his son at his side, Kratos must fight for survival as powerful forces threaten to disrupt the life he has created.” We will just have to wait to learn more about these “powerful forces” once the game is released.
In a brief voice over during this new gameplay trailer, Kratos sets a somber tone for his and Atreus’s journey, as he reminds his son that “a warrior must not feel for his enemy…close your heart to their suffering.” In previous footage that we have seen of God of War 4, we know that Atreus struggles greatly with being like his father, even when it comes to hunting animals or hesitating to shoot an enemy. The dynamic between the two of them is enough to cause great tension, as Kratos struggles with teaching his son how to be a warrior, while Atreus shows his father how to be somewhat human.
There is still no concrete release date for God of War 4, only that the game will be revealed “early 2018”. Stay up to date on developing news about the game at The Nerd Stash.
Tori is a writer and gamer originally from Vault 111, but now she resides in Chicago. She has an MFA in creative writing-fiction, runs primarily on coffee, and is an expert on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Follow her on Twitter @torithatnerd.