Without ruining the end of “God of War 3,” it’s pretty obvious that Kratos runs roughshod over the pantheon of Greek mythology. Hardly anyone makes it out alive. Which makes the whole concept of a sequel kinda tricky. I asked Stig Asmussen, the game director of “God of War 3,” about how you could possibly continue the franchise, given that there’s hardly anyone left. His answer may surprise you (but not if you read the headline to this post).
“Greek mythology is finished. That’s what we’ve been saying all along, we’re closing the book on the trilogy and Kratos has obliterated Greek mythology so it just becomes a myth. I don’t know what’s next, to be honest with you, I have no clue, but I wanted to make sure that we had some tools in there that we could kind of resurrect the story and take it some other places.”
That’s pretty interesting, especially when looking back at an interview I did a few months ago with John Hight, the director of product development at Sony Santa Monica. I asked him what the defining characteristics of the “God of War” franchise are, and here’s one of the things he listed:
“Greek mythology is a big part of it. I don’t imagine that we’d ever stray away from that.”
So on the one hand we have a game director saying Greek mythology is over with, and on the other we have Hight saying that the franchise will probably always revolve around Greek mythology. I believe this is what we call an impasse.