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Because the God of War creators don’t want to spend 15 years completing a trilogy, they’ve decided to wrap up the plot with Ragnarok.

When God of War Ragnarök releases next year, Sony Santa Monica has stated that it will conclude the series’ Norse story, closing up Kratos’ battles with deities like Freya and Thor in just two games. Game director Cory Barlog claimed in an interview with God of War YouTuber Kaptain Kuba that while there are various reasons for Santa Monica to finish the rebooted God of War series in two games, the biggest one is time. Barlog especially cited the five years it took to build the 2018 game and predicted that if Ragnarök and a prospective third game take the similar amount of time, Kratos’ Norse plot would suffer as a result of being stretched out over 15 years.

“There are various causes,” Barlog added, “but I believe one of the most important factors is [time].” “It took five years to complete the first game. I don’t know how long it’ll take to finish the second game, but I’m going to guess that it’ll take around the same amount of time. Then, if you think, “Wow, a third one in that same [time period,” we’re talking about a story that spans over 15 years. That seems a little too stretched out to me. I think we’re asking too much if we claim that the real completion of the story will take that long.”

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According to Barlog, the relaunched God of War’s major objective was to express something about Kratos as a father and create a story about his relationship with his son, Atreus. As a result, Barlog believes that Ragnarök game director Eric Williams may create the tale he wants in the sequel and have it serve as the reboot’s final chapter.

“Given where the team was at and what Eric wanted to do, I was like, ‘Look, I think we can actually do this in the second story,” Barlog recalled. “From the start, the majority of what we wanted to do was present a story about Kratos and Atreus. The relationship between these two individuals lies at the heart of the story’s engine, and its complexity radiates out like ripples in a pond.

The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of God of War Ragnarök will be released in 2022.

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