The world of video games has been buzzing lately with the controversy surrounding loot boxes. In one corner, a strong contingent of players don’t like the practice and want them removed from their favorite games, while the other seems fairly indifferent on the issue. Regardless of how you feel, the issue is certainly a controversial one, and now it looks like everyones favorite God of War is stepping into the conversation.
Take that Loot Boxes!!! (for now, at least) pic.twitter.com/P5ecbjVIqN
— Cory Balrog 🖖 (@corybarlog) November 17, 2017
In case you didn’t know, that’s Cory Barlog, the director of the upcoming God of War game for the PlayStation 4, and judging by the tweet, it seems like he – and Kratos – are in no mood for loot boxes. Obviously, the tweet is a joke, but it wouldn’t be too surprising to see no loot boxes in the upcoming God of War game, as that series has never traditionally been one for utilizing the system. Regardless, it’s a nice way example of a developer jumping into the gaming discussion in a fun way.
For more information on the upcoming God of War, make sure to check out our preview from E3:
God of War is back, and it has brought with it some fresh ideas. Not only in gameplay, with a helper character, truly defensive options, and the removal of blatant button prompts. But also in the world from which this game’s mythology is drawn from. Kratos continues to struggle despite a lengthy period of self-imposed isolation. Meanwhile, his son appears to be just as willing and able to conquer his fears and vanquish enemies as Kratos. Yet there remain so many unanswered questions: what is in that satchel Kratos is seen handing to Atreus? What happened to Kratos while he was away from the world? Who was Atreus’ mother? Or that woman talking to him? By leaving these things unanswered, Sony Santa Monica has left us all talking amongst ourselves, awaiting with a near fever-pitch level of anticipation, for what looks to be another solid entry in this venerable series.
It is still too early to call this game, but what we’ve seen is as promising as any of the other strong God of War games. Watch this space for more God of War E3 coverage to come, including a one-on-one interview with Cory Barlog to dive a little deeper into the development of this new direction for the franchise.
God of War is currently slated for a 2018 release.