E3 2016: Sony announces new God of War

Kratos? In touch with his emotions? Raising a kid? The world has been turned upside down!


At the top of its conference this evening, Sony unveiled a new God of War for a new generation.

Neither sequel nor prequel to the existing canon, God of War circa 2016 reimagines the mythology of Kratos, one-time wrathful deity slayer.

Developed by Sony Santa Monica, God of War turns much of that established mythology upside down. Kratos is a father; action is displayed from an over-the-shoulder POV, and Norse rather than Greek mythology informs the game's flora and fauna. At the end of the demo, a dragon swoops over Kratos and his son, who kneel over an animal the boy hunted through the wilderness.

Don't worry: not every aspect of God of War is unfamiliar. In between showing breathtaking new vistas and Kratos's son's hesitation to deal a killing blow to his prey, father and son team up to slay a troll using brutal melee combat that should seem familiar to fans of the series.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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    June 13, 2016 6:09 PM

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      June 13, 2016 6:29 PM

      The feeeeeeels!

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        June 14, 2016 2:20 AM

        Here you go, here are your missing letters:


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      June 13, 2016 9:15 PM

      This looks pretty interesting/awesome... but I'm n ot sure im on board with it being a 'God of War' title or the dude being a re-imaging of Kratos.... should have just made an entirely different character/IP...

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      June 13, 2016 10:31 PM

      God of War: Skyrim?

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      June 13, 2016 10:33 PM

      God War!

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      June 13, 2016 10:39 PM

      It being Nordic and then having the ability called Spartan rage threw me off, but maybe it all ties together who knows.

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        June 13, 2016 10:40 PM

        Maybe Kratos wasn't good to just kill the Greek gods, maybe he needs to sate his bloodlust and these gods are the only ones around.

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          June 13, 2016 10:44 PM

          The game industry really loves cheesing up storylines with a loved one dying so this is gonna be a vehicle to reboot the series either with old Kratos after the kid dies or the kid taking over after old Kratos dies.

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            June 13, 2016 10:48 PM

            Or it will be taking ideas from other games and we will be seeing them together, like last of us. Either way, they should either use the kid as the main character or have thought of someone else other than Kratos.

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        June 14, 2016 2:23 AM

        Yeah that was weird. I guess he fucked off to Norway after God of War 3.

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      June 13, 2016 11:19 PM

      this looks really dumb, wish the GoW series would just die already. The first game was the only good game, and each one after that has become increasingly shitty and mean-spirited.

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      June 13, 2016 11:35 PM

      Dad of War

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      June 14, 2016 2:25 AM

      So, it's Kratos. A very Greek name, but in Norse mythology and using Spartan Rage?
      I want this to be good, but already I'm wondering if this can be remedied or perhaps there is some explanation they've not disclosed yet?

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        June 14, 2016 3:29 AM


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          June 14, 2016 6:56 AM

          I'm cautiously optimistic, they've done lots of good stuff. It's such a weird departure in so many ways that a 10 minute demo only introduces questions as much as interest.

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        June 14, 2016 6:40 AM

        I am going to guess that Kratos is hiding out, and another in a long line of gods in the Greek pantheon who decided to descend to earth to live like a mortal for a time.

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        June 14, 2016 6:55 AM


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