The Ghost of Sparta is unleashed in first gameplay trailer for new God of War

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Jun 14, 2016, 2:28 PM EDT

It’s been six years since we’ve seen last seen Kratos in God of War III. Six. very. long .years. But now there’s a new game coming, and the Ghost of Sparta has been unleashed in the first gameplay trailer and images (which you can see in the gallery below) for the new God of War!

In the new game from Santa Monica Studios, Kratos is now older and wiser, with a young son in tow. Gone is the Ancient Greece setting – instead, we’re being thrown into the Nine Realms of Norse Mythology (I almost expected to see Thor show up, which, by the way, he very well might), with big bad mighty trolls roaming snow covered forests and dragons flying in the air.

There’s not much information as to the game itself, but from the trailer below, some changes in gameplay mechanics have been made. Have a look at what was released for E3 2016:


As a massive God of War fan, I have to say this: Holy cr@p that looked amazing!! The new game looks stunning and totally gives a run for the money in the visual department to recent video games such as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Here's what God of War creator Cory Barlog said of the new game:

I knew I didn’t want to simply reboot the franchise, starting over with a retelling of the origin story. I wanted to reimagine the gameplay, give players a fresh perspective and a new tactile experience while delving deeper into the emotional journey of Kratos to explore the compelling drama that unfolds when an immortal demigod makes a decision to change.

For Kratos, this change means breaking the cycle of violence, distrust and deception that his family, the Greek pantheon, perpetuated for so long. That cycle drove a whole host of bad decisions – the ill-fated deal with Ares, the murder of his family and a rage fueled descent into madness and vengeance that ultimately ended with the epic destruction of Olympus.

It also means learning how to control his rage, the intensely turbulent monster that lives within him, steering him down ever-darker paths. Kratos needed to figure out how to put the monster back in the box, how to control when he does and does not let that monster out.

Kratos’ rage has provoked a ton of bad decisions in his life, so I was fascinated to see what would happen if he actually made a good one. What would that look like? How would he struggle with this very difficult and unfamiliar road? And more importantly, why would he do this?

Adding that there was one event in his life that answered that question for him: fatherhood.

The last question was answered in my own life with the birth of my son, a tremendously transformative event that had me thinking about all kinds of change in life. It is hard for human beings to truly change, but one thing that can really motivate us is the thought of being responsible for a life, and especially the life of our child. The weight of that responsibility drives the instinct to protect, to want to prevent the mistakes of our past being delivered upon them. There is no end to the lengths we will go, no adversity we will not overcome, to be better… for them.

Once the decision to change was made, things got really interesting for Kratos and for all of us here at SMS. The road to creating a new God of War is a seemingly endless climb up an impossibly enormous mountain, filled with countless gut-wrenching failures and joyfully sweet successes.

There’s no news as to when we can expect God of War to arrive for the PS4 (being a Sony game, the title has always been a PlayStation exclusive), but I’m hoping we can expect it sometime in 2017. Crossing my fingers!

What did you guys think of the gameplay trailer for the new God of War? Are you excited for Kratos’ new adventure?

(via PlayStation)