New God of War Set After Third Game, Won't Be Open World

Additionally, God of War's gameplay has been rebuilt from the ground up.

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The new, revamped God of War surprised us at Sony's E3 press conference with its new camera perspective, quieter moments, and an older Kratos. In a post-conference interview with YouTube Live at E3, Sony Santa Monica creative director Cory Barlog revealed several details about the upcoming game, including where it takes place in Kratos's life.

Barlog confirmed that God of War is set many years after God of War III and you'll play as Kratos the entire game. The big change with this next God of War is the gameplay, which has been redone completely.

"The main thing we're doing is we're reimagining the gameplay, kind of tearing it down, rebuilding it from scratch, and continuing the storyline," Barlog said. "We're carrying the mythology we've created with God of War and bringing it into Norse mythology."

When asked about the openness of God of War's world, Barlog said, "It's open, but it's not an open world." He also commented on the switch to a behind-the-back camera perspective from the fixed angles of previous games in the series--you can see the new perspective in the gameplay demo at the top of the article.

"We wanted a much more intimate experience, a much more up close, and a much more player-controlled experience, so the camera really is a mechanic that we're leaning into heavily for everything in the game," Barlog explained. "I think you can expect the same pick-up-and-play accessibility that we've had in all previous games, but the new perspective gives you an entirely new take on the game."

Barlog also touched on quick-time events, which he said won't be like how they were in previous God of War games. He didn't provide further details, but he did say the team wants to "get up close to the action."

You can see all of Sony's E3 conference news here or check some of the stories out through the links below.

Head on over to GameSpot's E3 hub to keep up to date on all the news and impressions from the event.

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oh man im already missing the blades of kaos...or whatever those crazy chain daggers from the previous games was called.

now its just an axe..??..i mean really..?

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If I recall correctly, at the end of GoW3 he commits suicide by impaling himself in the chest with Zeus' sword. Any explanations on why he's still alive?

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@lostn: The biggest speculation at the time of 3's release was that Kratos revived because he did all this while standing on a phoenix stone

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@lostn: Well he has been impaled by a large sword before, and he has thrown himself down a cliff, and survived both, in here he just released Hope to all mankind and well was left as an empty shell lying there, and now the game changed theme, it's about norse gods, not greek gods.

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I really liked 1 and was very hyped for 2. But since 2, the whole greek drama part was gone and it became nothing more than a gore fest. I love that they get away from that and actually add some more story than "Kratos angry, Kratos crush things"

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@ArchoNils2: Agreed. The violence was gratuitous. His anger and violence were novel for the first two games, but by the 3rd one, it really wore thin, and I went from rooting for this anti-hero to hating his guts. He's a worse villain than Ares or anyone who wronged him. He's so hypocritical.

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@lostn: He was never an anti-hero to begin with, everything you did during the trilogy was for his own gain, defeating Ares because the Gods promised to rid him of his nightmares, going on a quest to defeat the fates and go back in time to get revenge against Zeus, and finally excecuting his revenge in 3 regardless of who gets caught in the crossfire

Should have been clear what kind of character Kratos was the minute he let the captain of the ship he was sailing on fall to his death inside the hydra

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I like the new setting and camera angle, something refreshing, will see how it plays out

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I'm a big fan of games with this camera perspective. We'll see if the game can still feel like God of War. Hell, it could even be better. I'm so fucking glad this isn't open world. Open world needs to go away for a while. I'm not saying no games should be open world, but not every game needs it. This trend has gotten really played out. The fewer, the better. It's great for games like GTA, Elder Scrolls or The Witcher, but it really takes away from story when you're able to just go do whatever quests you want. You get a much better story when there's only one way to go. Do you get a choice when you're watching a movie? How about when you're reading a book (besides a few Goosebumps books that let you choose from way back when)? Not every game needs choices. I know, "Just because you don't like open world doesn't mean other people don't." I'm gonna guess that more people are on my side. To each his own though, and this is my own. If the trailer is any indication, this game will be awesome.

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@frosty988: Yes. Not all games have to have the same attributes. I'm also relieved this won't be an open world game.

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If it takes place after God of war 3, Why isn't it called God of war 4?

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@bluebird08: Its 2016 keep up with the times man.

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@stereoflava: current year...

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@bluebird08: Numbering games isn't cool anymore :).

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@hystavito: says who? Last time I checked not number a product is quite dumb, just look at Wii U and Xbox one.

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My fears have come true. Sony thinks ultra realistic "cinematic" experiences are what all their gamers want... This isn't God of war and that isn't Kratos... Bottom line. It looks exactly like Lords of the Fallen... That isn't a good thing.

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@obsidian_born: I understand you. While I personally welcome the added depth in story and a lesser focus on "angry Kratos crushing things", i do get that fans that really enjoyed the past games feel kinda betrayed.

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@obsidian_born: thought the same... But then again I thought its still amazing.

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so happy it is not open world. we have enough of those already.... smaller environments can be designed more intricately and creatively as well. no need for cookie cutter environments like skyrim yuck.

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@Xristophoros:

Rise of the Tomb Raider is a perfect example of how this game could be designed.

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It would be interesting that you make of the kid the new protagonist of the game, and that he would be even a biggest badasser

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Go back to school, stay in school, or pay attention in school. Whichever is relevant.

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@obsidian_born: Lmao. Glad someone said it.

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@frosty988: I'm going to get a coffee cup made with the phrase "that he would be even a biggest badasser" in a pseudo-handwritten font. It's just hilariously painful to read.

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I do like the new perspective but hope that some fast paced hack and slash elements are still included.

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ha ha the ending of that trailer and its not open world. look as far as the eyes can see gamers! you cant go there tho.

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@deathwish026: But the places you can go will be much better designed for it. A trade off id happily taker any day.

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@deathwish026: What if you can but in later levels...?

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@Foxhound71: I imagine the end of the trailer was eluding to more open, expansive areas than in previous games which im all for.

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I can not WAIT!!!

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So, it's a new formula for the God of War series? Interesting.

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What a joke.

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@nathanpro92: Yes you are lol

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That was one of the best real-time fights of God of War! so sick!

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I want to play a hack and slash, not a close-up, slower-paced action game. Leave that to Hellblade, Lords of the Fallen and Dark Souls.

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@cboye18: Leave that to the new God of War. If you want a button masher go try Devil Dagger or some shit.

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@cboye18: that was only one weapon they showed off in the trailer so I'd imagine there would be faster paced weapons in the game like any other GOW

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@cboye18: Looks more like Assassins Creed / Batman games kinda combat than a Souls Series system.

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@cboye18: I feel really sorry for Ninja Theory and HellBlade because this is using the same camera angle and since GOW is a much bigger franchise...it's going to steal HellBlade's thunder

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@louixiii: Exactly my fear as well.

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@cboye18: Sony didn't even show anything new from them and this was at E3 last year so I'm worried it may get forgotten, then re-announced the end of next year

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Is there a release window yet?

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@quink: No...it "are" not lol

No editing @quink. That's not fair. Take you typo like a man..or girl...or alien...or what ever you are lol

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@quink: This century.

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