Sony will be phasing out the God of War license sooner than expected because finishing the trilogy would take too long.
While the next installment in the God of War franchise, dubbed Ragnarok, is eagerly awaited by many players who were hoping to see it arrive this year, it seems that the game is (again) talking about it and that it is bad news (again!) Indeed, the developers of PlayStation Studio Santa Monica have decided to shorten the supposed trilogy, ending the Nordic arc with the second part of the saga.
Originally, the reboot of the franchise initiated in 2018 was to have three opus, just like the main trilogy released between 2005 and 2010. However, the challenge of developing games on current generations of consoles is an aspect of the project that had been under- estimated by the studio. Therefore, the developers have chosen to consider Ragnarok as being the last title of the reboot, and therefore maybe the last title God of war featuring Kratos. Franchise Director Cory Barlog explains:
” The first game took five years. I don’t know how long it will take to complete the second game, but I can tell you it will take about as long […] And we’re talking about a period of almost 15 years for one story. I have the impression that it is too long. I feel like it’s too much to ask to say that completing the story will take so long. “
Goodbye Freya, hello Atreus?
This does not mean that the God of War franchise will now be part of the past, but we will nevertheless have to say goodbye to all Norse mythology – and therefore to the sublime Freya and the dreaded Thor – a little sooner than expected. Knowing that the reboot was above all a pretext to illustrate the father-son relationship between Kratos and Atreus, the studio thinks it can give us a nice end with Ragnarok at this level.
In the future, one could well imagine another trilogy of games, this time featuring Atreus, who will succeed his father as the God of War. Who knows, we could perhaps return to an environment familiar to players of all time, namely the world of Greek mythology?