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God of War III’s Previous Directors Wanted Alternative Endings

April 29, 2010 Written by Anthony Severino

If you have completed God of War III, which I’m sure you have by now (and if you didn’t, shame on you) – you may have mixed feelings about the ending. If you didn’t care much for the finale, then you’ve surely imagined what could have been. The God of War franchise has had a total of 3 different industry veterans take the a seat in the director’s chair, and each one of them had a different vision for how the tale of Kratos should end. These endings were considered, but ultimately were scrapped. For the first time these alternate endings have been revealed.

Stig Asmussen, director of God of War III, in a recent interview, shed some light on the two other endings that were being considered for God of War III. The endings, however, were not chosen as Asmussen believed he would not have been passionate about them. The reason being was due to the endings were not his ideas, instead were ideas from the previous directors. God of War director David Jaffe had one idea which was really out there, and God of War II director Cory Barlog had another interesting twist.

What David Jaffe talked about doing was — and I’m not sure how it would happen — basically, you destroy Greek mythology and then Norse mythology is right around the corner. That’s the next thing that Kratos would go after. It becomes clear at the end that he’s going to become this harbinger of death across different mythologies in the world and maybe carry the series on from there.

Cory Barlog talked about Kratos becoming Death. He pretty much becomes the Grim Reaper at the end of the game and his blades become sickles. They’re both incredibly good ideas, but you need a director to be passionate about the story and understand it intimately. If I had used Dave or Cory’s idea, I wouldn’t have been as passionate about it.

Which ending would you choose – the original God of War III ending, David Jaffe’s ending, or Cory Barlog’s ending? Maybe none of those at all, tell us how you’d put an end to Kratos’ adventure.

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