As God of War is one of my favorite video game franchises of all time, it stands to reason that protagonist Kratos is also one of my favorite characters.
Well, yes and no.
Kratos is one of those main characters that is what I like to call "narrowly conflicted," in that we all know what his inner demons are, and we know he's always fighting them. There isn't any mystery in that conflict and as a result, his behavior can be predictable and even tiresome. There are only so many times you can see the muscular bald dude rage out at the world – and, obviously, himself – in an effort to right past wrongs, which of course can never be righted. It makes for a compelling plot but such a concept has finite appeal and staying power.
Now, I've been hoping Sony would announce a new God of War installment for some time. I suppose there's an outside chance we'll see it during the upcoming PlayStation Experience in December, but I wouldn't count on it. After a relatively lengthy absence, the question is whether or not developers Sony Santa Monica will bring back Kratos in a new adventure. Some are saying it isn't possible due to the nature of the story, while others believe the team will stick with Kratos but perhaps tackle a new theme. The Greek mythology setting is great but again, perhaps it has run its course.
I actually wouldn't mind a new character and a new theme. I think we know Kratos inside and out by this time; we know precisely what to expect, unless the writers can work in some new angle. I'd rather they didn't try, though, because at this point in the series, it would just feel awkward and forced. If you're also a fan of this critically acclaimed series, what would you like to see in the next God of War ?