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Sony Santa Monica: “This is not the end for God of War”

Tuesday, 19th January 2010 12:01 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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God of War III may be wrapping up a trilogy, but you can expect to see plenty from old baldy yet.

“This is not the end of God of War,” John Hight, Sony Santa Monica’s director of product development told Gamervision.

“This is definitely the end of the trilogy, but we’re going to continue to do God of War games.”

Hight added: “We’re going to be very careful about what we do; we’re the keepers of the franchise and we don’t want to see it ruined or polluted.”

Further GoWIII shots were shown off yesterday, detailing Kratos scaling the titan Gaia, a continuation of the second game’s ending.

The third title releases on March 25 in Japan. We’ll know when it’s going to arrive in the US and Europe very soon.

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  1. mington

    could Kratos jump into Norse mythology, just give him a bigger beard

    considering he killed everyone from ancient Greece

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Joe Anderson (wotta)

    Another PSP game please. Last one was epic. :)

    #2 4 years ago
  3. SniperWolf

    thank you Santa Monica i love you
    the more GOW games the better

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    I still haven’t finished Chains of Olympus. It is very cool, definitely.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Eregol

    I do hope this doesn’t turn into dead horse flogging.

    EDIT: Also, Santa Monica didn’t develop Chains of Olympus. It was done by Ready at Dawn.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. NGCes26294BIV

    I totally called this – albeit under another username, so never mind.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Gheritt White

    Next – the Gods of Ancient Egypt!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. mojo

    lol

    main char is Dr. Daniel Jackson, endboss is RA then or what?=
    ah no, that was stargate..

    #8 4 years ago
  9. mington

    @7 he’d probably fit in quite well, but..

    how can they match the Titans

    what other mythologies are as epic

    Time traveling Nazi killing!!!

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Eregol

    Greek Mythology is as Mington said extremely epic.
    Nothing else compares really.

    I can’t see how any other lore would fit into the GoW template.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. tezzer1985

    They have to keep Kratos as the main character, cause he is so iconic to the series…I have faith that what ever they do, it will turn out great

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Robo_1

    As big a fan as I am of the God of War games, I’m somewhat disappointed to hear this. I think it’s sad when a studio ends up stuck doing one franchise forever more. I’d love to see what a team as talented as Santa Monica Studio could do with other genres and concepts.

    Maybe they’ll take a hiatus from GoW before starting the next trilogy.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. OlderGamer

    I agree Robo, this type of cash cow milking kills a lot of potentialy great new IP from big name studios.

    What could IW or Bungee or insert-name-here do if they weren’t tethered down with the same old IPs?

    #13 4 years ago
  14. DaMan

    I really dislike Greek mythology, one of the reasons I never actually liked this game.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Yeah, I’m sort of with Robo_1 as well. Three games, story done – call it a day before it gets too diluted. The same team could then go on to apply the same scale and polish to a completely different project.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Eregol

    @14
    I used to read about Greek Mythology when I was in primary school. Every lunch time I was in the library reading the same book over and over.
    Maybe that’s why I like the games so much?
    I doubt it.
    It’s because they’re a lot of fun.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DaMan

    like I said that’s one of the reasons.

    I don’t like this series’ gameplay either.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. McLovin85

    @ Robo and OG

    It’s true that it is sad when a studio is forced to churn out sequel after sequel.
    On the other hand they may opt to do these sequels because they are passionate about the franchise and wouldn’t want it being farmed out to another dev for them to go and ruin. They always said that GoW was going to be an epic trilogy, so i knew there would be 3 games.

    I think a studio which creates such a great game (and character) are proud of what they have accomplished and therefore want to continue their hero’s storyline for all to enjoy. As long as a sequel isn’t churned out every year, and care is taken developing it, then i don’t mind if they make several sequels as long as the quality remains high. An example is Naughty Dog with Jax and Daxter, and also Nathan Drake.

    Bungie is doing their last Halo game this year and IW have another new IP they are now working on, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with. The pressure is definitely on to create another game that to rival the success of what they have previously created.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Quiiick

    “… we’re the keepers of the franchise and we don’t want to see it ruined or polluted.”

    Stop making any more GoW games if you don’t want it being ruined or polluted.
    Simple as that!
    And stop thinking about games as being franchises, for god’s sake! *grrr*

    #19 4 years ago
  20. The Hindle

    Anyone whos seen the secret videos in the first gow will know where the series will go after Gow 3 ends.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Gekidami

    I doubt we’ll ever see a follow-up that that present day Chronos thing. As for the other video. I’m sure ‘he’ will be in GoW3.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. mington

    GOD OF WAR RACING

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Gekidami

    ‘God Of War Kart’ you mean. ;)

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Eregol

    @Hindle
    Oh yeah. I keep forgetting about ‘THAT’ video.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. mington

    they probably could make quite a fun little weapon based kart game out of this :) VIOLENT QTE RACING

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Goliath

    Not very happy to hear this. I’m actually one of those people who believe their should be a point where popular franchises end.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. onlineatron

    I wouldn’t mind them keeping the name.

    But I wouldn’t like to see Kratos appear in the successor to GoWIII.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. mington

    shouldn’t kratos die at the end of this game, he’s been pushing his luck for quite a while

    #28 4 years ago
  29. No_PUDding

    I am with everyone in the mindset that… WE would like to see a talented studio try something new.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. onlineatron

    I want that to happen, but I know it wont.

    No way would Sony let Santa Monica kill off a potential franchise selling character.

    Hmmm, perhaps i’m too morbid though?
    After all I wanted both Wall.E and Carl Fredrickson to die in the last to Pixar films (for dramatic impact).

    #30 4 years ago
  31. mington

    they should reboot God of War and send kratos back to high school, and have him voiced by Nolan North

    #31 4 years ago
  32. onlineatron

    GENIUS!!

    I vote that Vulture should be the villain… that or puberty.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. mington

    and the sex mini game will be REALLY difficult…and short

    #33 4 years ago
  34. onlineatron

    lmao, Heavy Rain style cramp inducing button holds.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. OlderGamer

    I don’t think I could have said it better myself.

    Not every game needs to be a franchise.

    But that it the idea today. New IPs are born with the idea of lasting thro the years and spawning several big money making sequels. Thus becoming a huge franchise.

    And this game is already on its thrid release. And that is fine, yet, after claiming that three was it, now we hear there will be more. More GoW, thats one thing, but the worse part of it all is the soon to be flood of Me-too GoW games.

    And THAT is where my problem is. Agame becomes franchise because it rakes in the cash. Then other games copy it formula in hopes of doing the samething. Then we have something like what the games market is today.

    What do I mean?

    How many Generic FPS games do we need? War-sim, space marines, hell spawn, take your pick. But clearly the sucsess of Halo, CoD, Bioshock, have created an atmosphere where a game goes from franchise into genere leader/definer, and then much of the industry chase it.

    I am sorry but I don’t really want to be over run with more DMC/Beyonetta/GoW/Darksider/etc/etc/etc. If we have 35 GoW wanna bes, doesn’t that cheapen GoW games to begin with?
    [edit: yes those are decent games, my point is how much fun are you going to have after playing your 100th clone of said games?]

    I think so.

    GoW was nice, it was fun, move on.

    Lead the industry, not by churning out regualr updated versions of the same ole game, but lead by moving on to create the next buzz. Give something else the attention and crafting that went into GoW.

    Just my two cents, but meh.

    I don’t see anything changing, too many suits that invested and made money off of the likes of the Halos, Gears, CoDs, and GoWs of the world. And in their mind if they made money once, there is more money to be made by doing it again, and again. And again.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Eregol

    Dante’s Inferno 2.
    Coming soon.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. The Hindle

    I think Santa Monica will make a new ip after Gow as a cv from a guy who works there showed he was working on Gow 3 and an unannounced game. Was on N4g if you want to go look for it.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. No_PUDding

    I am not against creating franchises.

    Often a new IP, won’t have the opportunity to execute on the vision or potential.

    Series are great for that reiterative design process.

    But it’s frustrating when it’s a series or design that has been run into the ground, purely to make money.

    I doubt GoW will sell that well, and then hopefully we can have a new IP instead.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. zoopdeloop

    I remember an interview i read 1 year ago and this guy said something like this.Back then he meant that after the end of the GoW trilogy they will make another GoW-like IP moving away from the Greek Mythology.
    Still he doesn’t mean that there will be another GoW(as we know it)or Kratos in it.Maybe Kratos will be in their next game as a preference only.
    Just hope we don’t have to see Kratos moving to other mythologies and battling Egyptian,Norsh gods

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Psychotext

    Kratos Goes Skiing

    #40 4 years ago
  41. onlineatron

    Kratos Karts

    #41 4 years ago
  42. recca

    Kratos Singstar FTW!!!
    This is Sparta-aaaa!!!

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Herlock

    North Legend, Vikings or Pendragon \o/

    #43 4 years ago