God of War: Ragnarok is one of the most anticipated games revealed in last week's PlayStation Showcase. A reveal trailer posted by PlayStation on YouTube has now 6.6 million views, making it a blockbuster hit already for Sony.
Now, we've had another big reveal, telling us that Ragnarok will close the Norse saga for the franchise. As confirmed by Eric Williams (Game Director), this was the former director Cory Barlog's decision to make Ragnarok the last game.
God of War: Ragnarok Will Close The Norse Saga
During an interview with YouTuber Kaptain Kuba, he confirmed that Barlog thought of closing the saga in just two games, believing the narrative could be worn thin if stretched across three.
Barlog then followed up by saying:
There are several reasons. I think one of the most important reasons is, the first game took five years. The second game- I don’t know how long it’s gonna take, but I’m just gonna throw out that it’s gonna take close to a similar time to do this. And then if you think, wow, a third one in that same [amount of time], we’re talking a span of close to fifteen years of a single story, and I feel like that’s just too stretched out. Like I feel like we’re asking too much to say- the actual completion of that story taking that long just feels too long.
Elaborating further, Barlog confirmed he talked with Williams about what direction he wanted to go, such as highlighting every character's arc. He added:
Also, as we started to talk about what the story could be, about where Eric really wanted to go, the things that were interesting and exciting for him, I was like, ‘Yeah, I really do think we can do this.’ Because it is centralizing itself always around these characters, and then really kind of giving everybody the time that they need. Those were important things. And, you know, after that, [we] wanted to really make a big splash with something. Not sure what it is, but I think it’ll be great.
God of War: Ragnarok launches next year for PS4 and PS5. Make sure to follow us for more God of War news and updates.