Cory Barlog seems remarkably relaxed for a man on a global whistle-stop tour to show off the results of the past five years of his life. Perched on a fur-lined bench underneath a looming mural of Kratos, the furious Spartan star of the God of War video game series, Barlog has arrived in London from Madrid to show off the latest entry on PS4. Tomorrow, it’s Berlin. But is is only the clutched coffee that betrays the tiredness of Sony Santa Monica’s creative director.
Perhaps most significantly, the game’s narrative scope is a far cry from the vengeance-fuelled quest to gut the entire population of Olympus. Kratos now lives in the snow-capped mountains of Scandinavia with his son Atreus. Following the death of the boy’s mother, Faye, Kratos now finds himself with a charge he needs to care for, to teach how to hunt, how to survive. Atreus also takes after his Dad in one key way: he has quite the temper.
Norse fantasy adventure Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is leading the way at this year’s Bafta Game Awards 2018 as the shortlists for the coveted gaming prize was revealed, picking up nine nominations across a plethora of categories including Best Game. Hellblade, which is developed by the independent UK studio Ninja Theory, follows the trials of young Pict warrior Senua through a hellish Celtic landscape as she deals with the ravaging of her village and her own fragile psychosis.
And because I'm all about VALUE and HOT CONTENT, here is my big interview with God of War creative director Cory Barlog. Some really interesting tidbits in here on Kratos' past, the challenge of Atreus and the fact the boy was on the chopping block at points in development. https://twitter.com/TelegraphGaming/status/975751487954571264
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