God of War (2018)
God of War Director Reveals That Kratos Almost Got Cut From 2018 Game
Written Wednesday, June 26, 2019 By Richard Walker
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It's hard to imagine a God of War game without Kratos, but at one point Sony Santa Monica was considering ditching the gruff, angry god with a new protagonist. The reasoning behind the decision was what many perceived to be the character's lack of likeability, certain members of the development team feeling that Kratos had run his course.

"Early in discussion, people were saying we had to get rid of Kratos," Director Cory Barlog revealed during an hour-long post-mortem of the game at Gamelab in Barcelona (via Eurogamer). "It was like, 'he's annoying, he's done'." Barlog noted that back in 2005, Kratos had been designed to be an unlikeable anti-hero for the first God of War, a quality that had arguably become a liability as the series progressed.

"Kratos is not God of War - Greek mythology is God of War," is what the team felt according to Barlog, who in response argued that there was a story to be told about Kratos struggling against his worst primal impulses. "They really did not like the character. They wanted a new character. It took a lot of convincing to make them think it was a good idea," he said.

Hence, Atreus was added as Kratos' son and his reason to change, but even this addition was initially unpopular. "[Giving Kratos a son] was not a popular decision in the beginning," Barlog stated, adding that there was a concern that the game could become an elaborate escort mission. Barlog cited The Last of Us as an example of how it could work, to avoid Atreus being cut from God of War. "It really needed to boil down to a few simple rules to prevent the player's experience from sucking."

Mid-development on God of War, pressure was mounting to discard Atreus, with animators and programmers increasingly running out of time and resources as they grappled to make Kratos' son work in the game. "There was a point where we were going to cut Atreus completely. It was mostly due to the budget." Consequently, Barlog wrote a treatment for a version of God of War without Atreus as "backup".

Ultimately, things fortunately panned out for the best, with Barlog and the dev team managing to pull things together and make God of War one of - if not the - best game released for PS4 in 2018. Check out our God of War review here.


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Comment #1 by railroberto
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 02:52:36 PM
I'm guessing he was having to do deal with a bunch of sjw millennials

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Comment #2 by ThrowUpTheX
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 02:56:12 PM
No Kratos, I don’t buy, Kratos IS GoW, and one of the most iconic video game characters of all time!

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Comment #3 by Emperor Golbez
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 03:03:29 PM
this smells like some SJW bullshit was going on, the CEO`s have to put those SJW in their place or fire them straight, show no mercy

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Comment #4 by IMHUW
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 03:33:12 PM
@1 Although I agree most of it was probably to do with that most millennials are in their 30s and stuff now, its generation z that are the issue.

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Comment #5 by HellRazor
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 04:27:04 PM
Well it's not a God of War game. Could of stuck any character into that game and it'd been the same. Huge fan of the series but that isn't God of War to me.

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Comment #6 by mcnichoj
Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 02:00:08 AM
Game would have flopped and everyone that contributed to this game would have been put on blast like the people that made The Order. They wanted to kill Kratos but he ended up saving them.

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Comment #7 by Lsnake
Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 05:32:16 AM
Well, personally I wouldn't mind if Atreus was removed and the focus was more on Kratos and the Norse Gods, but it is what it is and I still loved the game and I'm extremely excited about the next one.

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Comment #8 by Agent Mantis
Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 08:48:41 AM
I reject the whole 'cos of SJW bullshit' argument, Kratos was a great character but had about as much depth as a puddle in the desert. The easy/obvious choice would to start over if you wanted to beef up the narrative without having to consider the canon too closely, I'm glad they didn't though, he's iconic and although not *completely* successful I think they did enough to get him over.

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Comment #9 by DarthRevan182
Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 10:19:51 AM
Kratos is synonymous with God Of War, remove him and you might aswell make a different game.

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