Leaked God of War 4 Info Shows Off Norse Setting

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Leaked God of War 4 Info Shows Off Norse Setting

A massive asset leak suggests that God War 4 may be set in Norse mythology.

Could Kratos return in the land of Odin, Thor, and Loki? If the latest leak is accurate, that may be exactly what is happening. Multiple sources have leaked info on God War 4. First off was industry insider Shinobi602, who first mentioned the setting on twitter yesterday.

Once that happened, NerdLeaks posted a number of images that appear to be concept art from the upcoming title. Both the NerdLeaks site and Twitter account appear to be offline at the moment, but as you would expect, NeoGAF has archived the images for all to see.

The images show Kratos sporting a beard and wielding an axe. There are even a few pieces of art bearing text that explicitly mention Kratos, which makes this leak all the more interesting.

Obviously, these images could all be bogus, so this should be taken with a huge grain of salt. Still, we know that God of War 4 is in the works, and a move to a Norse setting would certainly shake things up.

Source: Eurogamer

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Oh what a day!
I shall go forth to Valhalla shiny and chrome!

Remus:
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Oh what a day!
I shall go forth to Valhalla shiny and chrome!

That gave me a good laugh.

This could be very cool. If they move away from Kratos and create a new """Hero""", it would be interesting to explore Norse mythology. Its not as "mainstream" as Greek or Egyptian mythology, but it is super expansive.

THOR! PREPARE TO MEET THY MAKER?
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Does't thou mean Stan Lee?

As long as the final battle is an unwinnable contest against Anthony Hopkins.

hehe, after a few years...

Kratos Does Dallas!!

... hey he done the rest already... even those lot in Tolkiens world.

Sweet, they went with my recommendation.

This looks so very interesting. It oozes God of War, while still being different.
I will miss the blades though, one of my favourite aspects of the original games.

Renegade-pizza:

Remus:
image
Oh what a day!
I shall go forth to Valhalla shiny and chrome!

That gave me a good laugh.

This could be very cool. If they move away from Kratos and create a new """Hero""", it would be interesting to explore Norse mythology. Its not as "mainstream" as Greek or Egyptian mythology, but it is super expansive.

I really really hope this leak is half true. I would love a GoW style game with norse mythology, I just really don't want it to be Kratos again. His arc is done, lets have a change of characters at least

I was hoping they would tackle a new mythological pantheon, but at the same time, I now realize that I'll probably have to kill off all my favorite gods. Hell, I bet Loki tricks you into killing Baldur. Still, Norse mythology is the best place to go after Greek mythology, given it's depth and popularity, especially in video games, since fantasy games have been using it as a grab bag for random ideas for as long as I've been gaming.

The game really needs to NOT star Kratos, though. His story is complete and there's really nothing more to be done with him, unless he's some random background character or someone who just furthers the plot or something.

suitepee7:

Renegade-pizza:

Remus:
image
Oh what a day!
I shall go forth to Valhalla shiny and chrome!

That gave me a good laugh.

This could be very cool. If they move away from Kratos and create a new """Hero""", it would be interesting to explore Norse mythology. Its not as "mainstream" as Greek or Egyptian mythology, but it is super expansive.

I really really hope this leak is half true. I would love a GoW style game with norse mythology, I just really don't want it to be Kratos again. His arc is done, lets have a change of characters at least

Indeed. As I said in another thread, Kratos has no reason to be here. Make THOR the main character.

If they do Thor instead of Kratos, I'd be down for this. The God of War series past the first game basically ran Kratos into the ground and ruined everything that made him interesting. I have no wish to return to that character.

Sheo_Dagana:
I was hoping they would tackle a new mythological pantheon

God of War in Mayan mythology would be pretty hype
or some african mythology (I know the one but the name is not coming to mind now, but I think it's the one from Shadowman)

Jehovah: I AM JEHOVAH, THE BEGINNING AND THE END, THE GOD OF THE JEWS AND THE CHRISTIANS. I AM BOTH OMNIPOTENT AND OMNISCIENT! YOU CANNOT STAND BEFORE ME MY SON, FOR I AM ALL!

Kratos: Hrrrmmm, only one boss for this one I guess.

I seem to recall that this was the idea of one of the head writers years ago. I read an article where they interviewed a few different writers who had worked on the game (the article might have even been on this site), and one of them said that his idea for ending the trilogy was to have a stinger at the end of God of War III where you see Kratos heading toward Asgard. That always stuck in my head because I thought it was a pretty neat twist, even though I've never touched these games.

So this idea has been kicking around since--I think--God of War II, but it appears they are finally going to latch on to it. I wonder what Kratos' motive for wiping them all out will be, seeing as they have nothing to do with him.

PunkRex:
Jehovah: I AM JEHOVAH, THE BEGINNING AND THE END, THE GOD OF THE JEWS AND THE CHRISTIANS. I AM BOTH OMNIPOTENT AND OMNISCIENT! YOU CANNOT STAND BEFORE ME MY SON, FOR I AM ALL!

Kratos: Hrrrmmm, only one boss for this one I guess.

Uhhh, Christianity does have a huge pantheon of angels to get through, and then you have the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Not mention Satan would interfere; if anyone wants to tear down God, it would be him.

As I mentioned earlier in another post, I'm all for a new God of War with a different mythology and no Kratos. Nobody needs him. If they drop him, I'll consider putting the game on my "To get list".

PunkRex:
Jehovah: I AM JEHOVAH, THE BEGINNING AND THE END, THE GOD OF THE JEWS AND THE CHRISTIANS. I AM BOTH OMNIPOTENT AND OMNISCIENT! YOU CANNOT STAND BEFORE ME MY SON, FOR I AM ALL!

Kratos: Hrrrmmm, only one boss for this one I guess.

Dude, a God of War game with the whole Christian pantheon where you get to play as a pissed of Jesus and have to fight God would be rad. Too bad people here in the states would get offended by it.

Well that'll be a change of pace.
Greek mythology breaks down as follows:
25% Conquering heroes facing terrible monsters, 25% Zeus finding novel new ways to cheat on his wife, 25% zany family sitcom, and 25% gods just arbitrarily being dicks to people. The story of Herakles (Who you probably know by his Roman name of Hercules) is all of the above.
Norse Mythology is a little different.
Most of what we think of as "Standard fantasy fare" (Dwarves, elves, trolls etc.) actually originated in Norse myth. The rest is a mixture of Thor and Loki having odd couple-esque hijinks, Loki having rather bizarre sexual hijinks, and a looming doom that everyone knows is coming but cannot be stopped.

Wow. One pantheon wasn't enough for him? Now that he's purged Olympus he's moving on to Valhalla?

CoCage:

PunkRex:
Jehovah: I AM JEHOVAH, THE BEGINNING AND THE END, THE GOD OF THE JEWS AND THE CHRISTIANS. I AM BOTH OMNIPOTENT AND OMNISCIENT! YOU CANNOT STAND BEFORE ME MY SON, FOR I AM ALL!

Kratos: Hrrrmmm, only one boss for this one I guess.

Uhhh, Christianity does have a huge pantheon of angles to get through, and then you have the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Not mention Satan would interefre; if anyone ones to tear down God, it owuld be him.

As I mentioned earlier in another post, I'm all for a new God of War with a different mythology and no Kratos. Nobody needs him. If they drop him, I'll consider putting the game on my "To get list".

As much fun as Kratos was to play I have to agree. There isn't really anything else to do with him and he should just be allowed to rest. Hell, the poor guys wanted to die since the end of the first game, so they should just let him stay dead.

Plus, I think it would be better if they made a new character for the specific mythology. Just like they did with Kratos. That's why he worked so well.
Just bringing him back to life and tossing him into another pantheon to kill all the gods seems a bit contrived in comparison.

Kenbo Slice:

Dude, a God of War game with the whole Christian pantheon where you get to play as a pissed of Jesus and have to fight God would be rad. Too bad people here in the states would get offended by it.

Close up of a long haired man with a beard and gradually pans out.
Hardcore gruff voice, "Father do not forgive me, for I know what I have done."
Pans out and its Jesus, stabbing an angel with a a giant crucifix.

Title comes up: God of War V: War of God

OT: This would be a really good way to keep the series going without it feeling like beating a dead horse. It could lead them to do other pantheons and continue to experiment with this epic sized art style they have with different cultures.

Can we finally get a god of war game where you play someone else who has to kill Kratos. He has tons of enemies by now who have legitimate reasons to want his head on a platter. Let us play as Sekhmet or something and gut him like a trout.

ChaplainOrion:

Kenbo Slice:

Dude, a God of War game with the whole Christian pantheon where you get to play as a pissed of Jesus and have to fight God would be rad. Too bad people here in the states would get offended by it.

Close up of a long haired man with a beard and gradually pans out.
Hardcore gruff voice, "Father do not forgive me, for I know what I have done."
Pans out and its Jesus, stabbing an angel with a a giant crucifix.

Title comes up: God of War V: War of God

OT: This would be a really good way to keep the series going without it feeling like beating a dead horse. It could lead them to do other pantheons and continue to experiment with this epic sized art style they have with different cultures.

10/10 GOTY material.

Souplex:
Well that'll be a change of pace.
Greek mythology breaks down as follows:
25% Conquering heroes facing terrible monsters, 25% Zeus finding novel new ways to cheat on his wife, 25% zany family sitcom, and 25% gods just arbitrarily being dicks to people. The story of Herakles (Who you probably know by his Roman name of Hercules) is all of the above.
Norse Mythology is a little different.
Most of what we think of as "Standard fantasy fare" (Dwarves, elves, trolls etc.) actually originated in Norse myth. The rest is a mixture of Thor and Loki having odd couple-esque hijinks, Loki having rather bizarre sexual hijinks, and a looming doom that everyone knows is coming but cannot be stopped.

Apparantly Ragnarok might not have been in the original myths and may have been a later invention due to christian influences(it certainly explains Loki suddenly going Lucifer on everyones arse) similar to how Satan was originally Gods right hand man and didn't become merged with the devil in the public view before relatively very recently.

So for most norse the whole end of days concept might've been a very alien one until near their end. Its something to think about and I'm not sure if they've managed to prove it conclusively yet.

Ugh. God of War.

You know, only if they get rid of Kratos and bring someone new to the table.

I mean, I know i'm like one of the few who cares about the character and narrative of the games, but geez can we get a Viking badass pissed off about the gods? Please? Then make a versus game where Viking and Kratos kill the shit out of each other.

PunkRex:
Jehovah: I AM JEHOVAH, THE BEGINNING AND THE END, THE GOD OF THE JEWS AND THE CHRISTIANS. I AM BOTH OMNIPOTENT AND OMNISCIENT! YOU CANNOT STAND BEFORE ME MY SON, FOR I AM ALL!

Kratos: Hrrrmmm, only one boss for this one I guess.

If they don't mind the backlash from Fox news and the uber-christian brigade, have the conceit being that Yahweh charged Kratos is getting rid of all other gods so that there will be no alternatives other then worship him.

"Your Resume is quite impressive Kratos. You seem to be skilled at Deicide"

I like this. I'm always on board with a good reimagining, and this doesn't look half bad at all.

Chaos Isaac:
[...] can we get a Viking badass pissed off about the gods? Please? Then make a versus game where Viking and Kratos kill the shit out of each other.

Yes. This.
Even if the protagonist is just a norse version of Kratos, change his name.

Call him Kr?t?sson or whatever.

And then have Kratos and Kr?t?sson duke it out in Playstation All Stars: Second Showdown (which will hopefully have a better fighting system than the first PsAs ;P )

Edit: Damn, this website doesn't diplay the Scandinavian "/o" (the striked through O) or the "?a" (an A with ? above it).
Now no one will get the joke...

Dalisclock:

PunkRex:
Jehovah: I AM JEHOVAH, THE BEGINNING AND THE END, THE GOD OF THE JEWS AND THE CHRISTIANS. I AM BOTH OMNIPOTENT AND OMNISCIENT! YOU CANNOT STAND BEFORE ME MY SON, FOR I AM ALL!

Kratos: Hrrrmmm, only one boss for this one I guess.

If they don't mind the backlash from Fox news and the uber-christian brigade, have the conceit being that Yahweh charged Kratos is getting rid of all other gods so that there will be no alternatives other then worship him.

"Your Resume is quite impressive Kratos. You seem to be skilled at Deicide"

Then he double crosses Kratos, who then travels back in time, steals baby Jesus out of the crib and beats God to death with him.
"Stop bludgeoning yourself, stop bludgeoning yourself!"

Remember when God of War was a Greek tragedy?

Worgen:
Can we finally get a god of war game where you play someone else who has to kill Kratos. He has tons of enemies by now who have legitimate reasons to want his head on a platter. Let us play as Sekhmet or something and gut him like a trout.

God of War XI: Dog of War, where you play as Anubis.

OT: EEEEEeeeehehehhhhhh... I dunno. Looks cool and all, but if they wheel out that boring ol' block of wood called Kratos I'm probably gonna skip this. The last time they tried to revamp the series in some way (Ascension) it was absolutely hamfisted in parts. The franchise is in sore need of reinvention, and changing the setting is at least a step in the right direction.

Dalisclock:

PunkRex:
Jehovah: I AM JEHOVAH, THE BEGINNING AND THE END, THE GOD OF THE JEWS AND THE CHRISTIANS. I AM BOTH OMNIPOTENT AND OMNISCIENT! YOU CANNOT STAND BEFORE ME MY SON, FOR I AM ALL!

Kratos: Hrrrmmm, only one boss for this one I guess.

If they don't mind the backlash from Fox news and the uber-christian brigade, have the conceit being that Yahweh charged Kratos is getting rid of all other gods so that there will be no alternatives other then worship him.

"Your Resume is quite impressive Kratos. You seem to be skilled at Deicide"

"Although, the part where you betrayed BOTH your former employers does have me a tad... concerned."

"Creative differences."
>_>
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>_>

Current name suggestions

Title comes up: God of War V: War of God

God of War XI: Dog of War, where you play as Anubis.

Personally I can't wait for God of War XX: Golliwog Row, where they run out of mythology and just have you play as a racist doll from the 1800s, beating up slave owners or something in the Deep South.

It'd be like Djanjo Unchained meets Toy Story.

Hey, what is Kratos actually [b]HELPS[/B] the Norse with Ragnarok?! Wouldn't that be pretty awesome?! You know, he realizes "wow, I totally fucked up the planet last time I went on a pantheon purge, maybe I shouldn't do that again." Then he learns about the forces against the Norse in Ragnarok and is like "Ok yeah, I can do that. Those things need to die, to not kill the world."

I would totally be in favor of that kind of game.

Aw man... why can't they let that ancient Greek rageaholic rest in peace? I imagine a franchise with the title 'God of War' would be a natural fit for any number of violent lunkheads screwed over by their respective deities. Give us someone new!

Sonicron:
Aw man... why can't they let that ancient Greek rageaholic rest in peace? I imagine a franchise with the title 'God of War' would be a natural fit for any number of violent lunkheads screwed over by their respective deities. Give us someone new!

Honestly, if they give him a personality overhaul, I'm fine with Kratos himself. In theory, by the end of GoW 3, he's hopefully realized the folly of his ways, and the game won't be him just running around killing the Norse pantheon.

I'm hoping, hoping that they do roughly the following:

He dies, but is taken to the Norse underworld (Hel I think it's called? I know that's the name of the woman in charge, but I forget if the place has same name). She thanks him for kicking off Ragnarok, due to the fact that his actions of killing the Greek pantheon, basically couch fucks the planet, and is the trigger event to set off the first Norse event of Ragnarok. He realizes that he's set off a cascade effect of chaos/destruction, and decides to fix it (if he can). He fights his way out of the underworld (because of course he does), and finds himself smack in the middle of Valhalla, and seeing the Norse start gearing up for Ragnarok. He decides to help them, and seeing as he's an outside influence, unforeseen by their scryers, he has the chance to possibly alter the events, saving (maybe) some of the gods, and preventing Ragnarok from actually happening.

I would LOVE that shit if they did it. I'm afraid they won't, but if they actually aim him at a bad guy I can get behind, and have him on the side of good for once, I'd be all over that game. If they just have him come up and snarl around, and decide he needs to kill the Norse, because they looked at him funny, then screw them.

Estarc:
Wow. One pantheon wasn't enough for him? Now that he's purged Olympus he's moving on to Valhalla?

Well to be fair the Norse and Egyptian Pantheons were supposed to show up in GoW 3 and kill Zeus early on, ending with all the gods dead and the three wise men following the Star of David. Perhaps Kratos is angry they missed the schedule entirely and the entire game had be redesigned around just the Greek Gods. The Greek pantheon might be dicks but they stick to their schedules unlike that twat Odin.

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