In a recent interview, God of War director Cory Barlog discussed the forthcoming title to an extensive degree. Barlog himself has been with the series since serving as the first game’s lead animator, directing the second game, leaving early in the third installment’s development, and working on the PSP installment of God of War. While he discussed everything from taking the character of Kratos in a new direction to the lack of Quick Time Events (QTEs), one of his more interesting, if not somewhat strange, comments is a comparison to FIFA.
The removal of QTEs isn’t without replacement, however, as Kratos and his son can team up to deliver some powerful combinations. With the various weapons in the game, such as this potentially returning series staple, this should hopefully serve as a good combat replacement, wherein the comparison to FIFA comes into context.
When speaking about the combat, Barlog compared the play style of the two games:
“[FIFA is] the same game every time you play but it’s extremely sort of non-deterministic. Every game is different, despite every game being the same; there’s this drama that exists in every single match, even when you’re playing the same teams. There’s a magic to video games encapsulated in the idea that I don’t ever want to lose even if I am making something that’s trying to tell a story, and we develop these characters to allow you to feel like there’s freedom here, and that is the joy of games.”
While fans will have to wait and see how exactly Barlog’s comments reflect the gameplay, it does sound like the team at Sony Santa Monica is trying to give players a lot of tools and let them run wild. Some can stick to the basics but those that want a deeper experience will be able to pull off impressive moves as Kratos.
This stylistic approach to combat and character development seems likely to ensure a positive reception to the game, perhaps leading many players to pick up a God of War PS4 Pro bundle (if the leak is accurate). After all, freedom of character and non-deterministic gameplay seems like a powerful incentive to many gamers, and a bundle would be one way to celebrate that.
Barlog would continue on in the interview to discuss other topics such as puzzles in the game, but his comments were not as thought-provoking as this comparison, especially considering a comparison between God of War and FIFA, at first glance, seems antithetical. While there is still a few months left until release, gamers may want to check out this upcoming God of War loot crate.
God of War is scheduled to release on April 20, 2018 for PlayStation 4.