Before God of War: Ascension was revealed, there were rumors that the new series installment would feature a different setting and possibly a different main character.
But can this franchise really survive without Kratos and the now-familiar Greek mythology? Gamers have embraced both and Ascension director Todd Papy isn't sure they should ever make any drastic changes. In speaking to Game Informer , Papy reminds us that in order to create something entirely new (fresh setting and characters), you need one thing above all else: time.
Papy first cited Naughty Dog and their work on The Last Of Us , saying the directors of the latest project didn't work on Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception ; they probably started the new IP almost immediately after finishing Uncharted 2: Among Thieves . So yeah, you need time. And might the team ever go in a different direction? Answered Papy:
"I don't know. I mean, frankly, ideally after this one, yeah, we get to put it down for a while and I get to take a nice vacation (laughs), so I won't have to think about it. I think that, if anything, that's something that we need to weigh, you know? Can God of War be without Kratos or can God of War be within a different mythology? That would be something that we'd really need to sit down and think about and boil down to the essence of God of War. If we take out one of those pillars, does it make the game better or should we be doing this?"
That's not an easy question to answer. As a developer, I certainly wouldn't want to try…it's exciting and risky, that's for damn sure.
Related Game(s): God of War: Ascension