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God of War 4: How the Franchise Could Tackle Other Mythologies

March 25, 2016Written by Tyler Treese

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While we’ve already taken a look back at God of War‘s history this week, we now want to take a look at the series’ future. Sony Santa Monica has already been on the record that they’re working on the next game in the series, but no details have been made available. In fact, the way the God of War III ended, we think it might be time for a reboot.

God of War has always focused on Greek mythology, so we feel like it’s time for Kratos (in some form or another) to tackle some different challenges. Like take on some other mythological gods. While there are no shortage of different mythologies, we thought it’d be fun to take a look at how things would change in Egyptian and Norse mythology in particular.

Norse Mythology

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Thor and the Midgard Serpent by Emil Doepler, 1905

More and more people have taken an interest in Norse mythology as of late, and that can largely be attributed to the success of Marvel’s Thor movies. Characters like Thor and Loki all have roots as Norse gods, and they are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to interesting figures. As there are plenty of other Norse gods that could fill an entire trilogy of new games.

Who wouldn’t want to see a version of Kratos battling the one-armed god of combat Týr? We definitely would, and a storyline could even feature the wolf that took the arm of Týr, Fenrir. Fenrir isn’t a normal wolf, though, as he’s actually the son of Loki. Loki actually has a whole host of unique children, one of which is a sea serpent named Angrboða, that could make for some awesome boss battles.

Just like in Greek mythology, there’s plenty of family issues to play around with here. The all powerful Odin has plenty of sons, which include the god of thunder, Thor, his mysterious brother Meili (who would actually make for a great role for a playable character due to the lack of information on him), and the giant Váli. Contrary to Marvel’s comic books Loki and Thor have no relation in actual Norse mythology.

Most interestingly, we already know how we’d like to see a Norse mythology focused God of War series end and that’s with a retelling of Ragnarök. Otherwise known as the fate of the gods, Ragnarök was an epic battle that saw over 15 gods die. These weren’t random deities either, as they were major gods including Odin, Thor, Loki and Heimdall. Oh, and the battle destroyed the majority of the universe. How could there be a more epic ending than that?

Egyptian Mythology

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While it would be awesome to set a game in Scandanavia, there’s no arguing that it would be even cooler to explore the ancient world of Egypt. Imagine battling deep within a pyramid, or taking on a giant Sphinx. Not only is Egypt one of the most breathtaking countries, it has interesting locales that would be a blast to see on PlayStation 4.

The games could even see the player help Osiris, the god of life and death, dethrone Ra, the Sun god, as the king of gods. Then just like in Egyptian mythology, a betrayal could occur. Osiris’ own brother Seth would kill the newly crowned Pharaoh, setting up a brand new antagonist to kill.

Besides the many storyline opportunities, one of the main reasons we’d love to see Egypt is that the gods just look cool. Most of them are combinations of animals and humans, so we can only imagine what Sony Santa Monica’s artists could do with the style. For example, the demon Ammit has the head of a crocodile, a leopard torso, and the legs of a hippopotamus. It’s absolutely insane imagery, and it could lead to some awesome boss fights.

The Future is Bright

No matter which way Sony Santa Monica goes with the God of War series, we’re excited to see what comes next. There are so many interesting ways to continue one of PlayStation’s best series that it’s hard not to be giddy about the first proper PS4 outing. Whether the first-party studio changes mythologies or just sticks to the Greek setting, there’s still a lot of fun to be had and gods to kill.

Let us know in the comments how you would like to see the series continue. If it’s a reboot, then make sure to let us know which mythology you’d like to see tackled!

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