God of War Director has Speculative Plans for 5 More Games in the Series

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, May 1, 2018 2:05 PM
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The new God of War is fantastic. A masterpiece, perhaps. But you can have too much of a good thing, as I’ve often felt as I forlornly look at the empty Maoam wrappers scattered around me like leaves in the breeze. Which is why I have the faintest whiff of concern when the immensely talented Cory Barlog, director of God of War, has revealed that he has plans for no less than five sequels.  

That’s a heck of a lot of God of War. That’s more than games than there have been mainline God of War titles to date. There’s also the unfortunate predicament that God of War on PS4 took five years to develop by the team at Sony Santa Monica. A similar release cadence for the ensuring five sequels would mean the 42-year-old Barlog would be 67 years old before the series comes to a close.

Riding high on the deserved success of God of War though, he doesn’t seem too concerned about that. In fact, he reckons now the reboot has been knocked out, the sequels will arrive in a much quicker fashion.

“I want to figure out how to make these things faster, man,” said Barlog in an interview with Kotaku. “I think this God of War — a big portion of the five years was, we had to start from scratch. We had a core engine, but we really redid a lot of stuff. Everything needed to be redone, because we just had torn the engine apart in so many different ways that when we finally brought the team together, everyone realized, ‘OK, this is not where it needs to be.’

“So even when you see E3 2016, the rendering engine wasn’t there, the lighting engine was half-there, the atmospheric engine was half-there. The core mechanics were there, but a lot of the way we were streaming and loading everything was still getting worked out, and figuring out how we were going to get it logistically to work. We knew what we wanted, we just didn’t know technologically how we were going to get it in the right order.”

At this stage, a sequel to God of War is pretty much a dead cert. Barlog would like to do five but there’s obviously going to be a wait and see approach to see if the franchise can maintain its appeal. Over saturation is always a worry, just ask Assassin’s Creed. One little theory I’ve put together though is a Norse trilogy followed up by a further trilogy set within Egyptian mythology, allowing the entire God of War series to cover the three main bases of ancient mythology.

Five more God of War games, good idea or a terrible mistake? What other areas of mythology would you like to see Kratos explore? Let us know!

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17:30 May-02-2018

would be funny if Kratos would be Lokis father in Marvels avengers. #whatenemytodefeatafterthanos

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20:59 May-01-2018

maybe try putting some of these on pc

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23:25 May-01-2018

I doubt it'll happen but it would look great.

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20:00 May-01-2018

I want this game for PC so baaaadly !

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18:48 May-01-2018

Hope it's won't become another spammy CoD...

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19:30 May-01-2018

Well considering that they will be releasing a new GoW every 3-5 years, I doubt it will be.

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16:38 May-01-2018

Not surprising, considering they showed another pantheon in Egypt, Japan, and Aztec/Mayan in the game.

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15:08 May-01-2018

It took 3 main games for Kratos to get to Zeus so hopefully 2 more and he'll be swinging at odin!


On a side note GoW has always been one of my favourite series but I can honestly say this was one of my favourite gaming experiences in a loooooong time (possibly ever). And the idea of going on to Egyptian is pretty intriguing too but out of the 3 mythologies it's my least known.

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20:00 May-01-2018

or just 1 more

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14:52 May-01-2018

Just don't make it a yearly release and we're good. But I highly doubt it will be 5 games, I'd bet on a bit less. People will eventually get tired of GoW.

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14:47 May-01-2018

Tje new gow was really awesome. Yet the ending left alot of questions open. I did not read most of the lore yet but gonna do that later

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14:37 May-01-2018

God of War is one of the few games/series that I actually want them to milk it as much as possible with the same quality, I just like it too much.


To be honest I want singleplayer, story-driven games with good gameplay and a progressive story to have as many sequels as possible, this way it actually feels like an entire world and is really nice as long as they are making it with inspiration and desire to make them. Otherwise, I'd like new IPs

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14:38 May-01-2018

On the other hand, games that are multiplayer focused I'd like them far apart with tons of content and improvements with each new sequel, instead of castrated, with almost no content every year or every other year, or worse one game that is meant to last 10 years+ with dumb skins and loot boxes and almost no new content and minimal improvements for the period it's out.

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