Santa Monica Studio has confirmed that God of War Ragnarok will be the last game of the series, thus concluding Kratos’ journey in the Norse lands. In an interview with YouTuber Kaptain Kuba, Cory Barlog, creative director at Santa Monica Studio said there were many reasons to finish the series in two games, with the main one being time.
“There are several reasons. The first game took five years and I’m just going to throw out that it’s going to take close to a similar time to finish the second one. Then if you think ‘Wow, a third one in that same [time frame],’ and we’re talking like a span of close to 15 years on a single story. I feel like that’s just too stretched out. I feel like we’re asking too much to say the actual completion of that story taking that long just feels too long.”
He also adds that with rebooted God of War, they wanted to showcase more about Kratos in a fatherly role and highlight the complex relationship he has with his son Atreus and it was possible to show all of it in Ragnarok.
“Look I think we can actually do this in the second story because most of what we were trying to do from the beginning was to tell something about Kratos and Atreus, that the core of the story’s engine is really the relationship between these two characters.”
It was already hard on the dev team amidst the pandemic and they felt it unnecessary to stretch the story.
“We could make it an ocean and have those ripples just go for thousands of miles, but is that necessary and is that beneficial, or are we feeling like, ‘You know what, it’s just spreading it too far apart?’ The ripples get too far apart and you lose the plot a little bit,” he says.