I had all but counted God of War down and out. After two massively successful games on the PlayStation 2, hype began to dwindle for God of War 3 before ultimately fizzling out with God of War: Ascension. If we are to follow the pattern of other major franchises born within the last ten years though, Halo for example, a wayward side-sequel means that this is now the time we see God of War 4 announced and its plans to bring the series back into the limelight.
We just might be seeing such a game at E3 this year, too. SCE Santa Monica Studio has teased a new God of War game on its official Twitter account,
— Santa Monica Studio (@SonySantaMonica) June 2, 2014
Who’s looking forward to more Kratos on the new generation of consoles? I’ve never been too huge a fan of the series because its combat feels far more restrictive and calculated than the great Japanese hack ‘n slashers which encourage experimentation and finding your own way through fighting. Devil May Cry, Ninja Gaiden, and Bayonetta for example. There is a huge difference between how the Japanese handle the genre and how the West handles the genre, and there is no question where I lean on that decision.
There is no getting around God of War having great production values and telling a good story, but I often get the feeling I’m being handheld through the waves of enemies. Sometimes, too much polish is not a good thing.
We’ll see, though. Sony’s press conference is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT on June 9, so stayed tuned here for updates on what could be one of the biggest games at the show.