God of War had a strong showing during Sony’s PlayStation presentation at E3. The gameplay trailer they unveiled included a bunch of gameplay highlights in addition to providing some insight into the plot of the game.
Kratos made a promise to his lover to guide and protect their son, Atreus, and to move beyond the sins of his past for the sake of the boy. In the years since, Kratos has tempered his rage, and become a much more subdued man out of necessity.
The combat reflects his change in temperament. The gameplay remains similar in spirit, but Kratos’ fighting style has adopted a more measured approach, mixing heavy, visceral blows with powers like ice and telekinesis. He also now employs a retractable shield to be used as a blunt instrument or for parrying attacks. He’ll still rip a minion in two with his bare hands, should the compulsion arise.
When all’s said and done, the focal point of the game definitely appears to be Kratos’ relationship with Atreus. Details are slim on that front, but we know that he’s actively preparing the child for a life of battle and conflict. Whether he does so willingly or begrudgingly is still up in the air.
All we know about the release date for God of War is that it’s coming in 2018. Our best guess puts somewhere near March. However, the game is already available for you to pre-order right now.