New God of War game was almost set in Egypt

By Marshall Lemon
15 June 2016 22:35 GMT

Kratos and his son are heading to Norse lands, but they could have easily been walking like Egyptians.

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New God of War game was almost set in Egypt

The upcoming God of War game is shaking up its formula by giving Kratos a son and a new adventure based on Viking mythology. It’s a great concept – even if it only happened because Kratos cleaned house among the Greek pantheon – but in the planning stages he might’ve ended up with alternative deities. Specifically, the Egyptian variety.

“Egyptian mythology … half the team was way into that,” creative director Cory Barlog told Eurogamer. “All of them had great reasons. I think, for me, as I looked at both of those, Egyptian mythology is about the pharaohs as embodiments of the gods on Earth and there’s a lot more about civilization – it’s less isolated, less barren.”

Ultimately, that civilized focus of Egyptian mythology convinced Barlog to look towards a Norse setting instead. “I think at this time, we really wanted to focus on Kratos. Having too much around distracts from that central theme of a stranger in a strange land.”

Although let’s be honest, once Kratos has killed Odin and Thor, visiting Ra or Set would be a great logical step. God of War is being developed for PlayStation 4.

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