Former Sony Santa Monica Devs Talk God Of War 4

Tom Hopkins

Will God of War 4 be a prequel? Will Kratos return? We speak to former God of War artists to find out more.

Published on Apr 13, 2012

God of War 4 rumours have reached fever point, with a brand new tease on the PlayStation Facebook page hinting at a reveal as early as next week.

Previous rumours have all but confirmed the game is in development at Sony Santa Monica - but no details have yet been made official.

The latest issue of Play Magazine, speculates that God of War 4 could be a prequel (like PSP games Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta), and could star - or at least co-star - Kratos' brother Deimos.

The feature quizzes two former Sony Santa Monica artists about the future of the God of War franchise, to find out more.

Asked if the greek mythology context was becoming restrictive for to the franchise, Cecil Kim, an artist who worked on the series said cryptically:
"Well, if you see the franchise is all about Kratos, yes..."

Kim didn't expand on whether Kratos would be joined by a second character on his next adventure, but added that Santa Monica studio's experience on five God of War games made him "confident" that Sony would resurrect the franchise.

So could God of War 4 be a prequel?

"Kratos's past is touched upon to an extent if you go read the comic book series based on the game," said former God of War concept artist Andy Park, now working at Marvel Studios on films such as Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and The Avengers.

"As far as the games are concerned, I'm sure the amazing writers of God of War can figure out a way to incorporate and expand on Kratos' past into future games if they wanted to."

Meanwhile, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter believes "100 per cent" that God of War 4 is in development, and is "equally certain we will see a God of War installment for Vita."

"The first [game] will likely be a port. Depending upon the success of Vita hardware, they may consider an original title for the handheld," Pachter explained.

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