God Of War: Ragnarök will be last Norse game says producer

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God Of War Ragnarök – the final chapter (pic: Sony)

The next God Of War game is not the middle part of a trilogy but the end of the Norse story – because it’d take too long to do more.

Sony never said anything about the 2018 God Of War game being the start of a trilogy but everyone just assumed it would be, especially given how many plot strands were left by the end and how prevalent the three-act structure has been since, appropriately enough, the days of Ancient Greece.

But God Of War 2018 director, and God Of War: Ragnarök producer, Cory Barlog has confirmed that the next game will be the end of the Norse storyline and for the simple reason that it would take too long to make a trilogy.

‘The first game took five years, the second game… I don’t know how long it’s going to take but I’m just going to throw out that it’s going to take close to a similar time to do this and then, if you think – wow – a third one in that same…  we’re talking like a span of close to 15 years of a single story and I feel like that’s just too stretched out,’ Barlog told YouTuber Kaptain Kuba.

‘The core of the story’s engine is really the relationship between these two characters [Kratos and Atreus] and the complexity radiates out like ripples in a pond. And we could make it an ocean and just have those ripples go for thousands of miles,’ added Barlog.

‘But is that necessary and is that beneficial, or are we feeling like ‘You know what, it’s just spreading it too far apart’. The ripples get too far apart, and you sort of lose the plot a little bit.’

Whether this was always the plan, including Barlog stepping down as director, is not made clear but the logic certainly makes sense as Ragnarök is not due out until 2022, and if it’s any later than mid-April, which seems likely, then it will be over four years since the last one.

Another factor may have been that Ragnarök is a cross-gen game and if a third title had taken another five years it would’ve been difficult to release it on PlayStation 4.

This news naturally raises the question of what kind of game will be released after Ragnarök. The next game after would almost certainly be PlayStation 5 only but while a game involving Egyptian mythology seems the next obvious choice it depends in large part on exactly how Ragnarök ends.


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