Sony kicked off last year's E3 conference with a new God of War game. It isn't God of War 4, and it isn't a reboot: the story follows on from previous games, with one major change: Kratos now has a son, Atreus. While the announcement was exciting, Sony stayed relatively quiet on the God of War front until E3 2017, when a brand new gameplay trailer was revealed.
Here's what we know so far about the new God of War for PS4, including the release date, gameplay, and the new trailer showcased at E3 2017.
When is the God of War release date?
Development is still ongoing, although Sony did announce that the game is coming out in 'early 2018' during its E3 2017 press conference.
This ties up with a rumour first reported months ago; A German retailer accidentally posted a listing for a Collector's Edition of the game, including a release date of 18 January 2018. That might just be a placeholder, but it's a plausible fit given what we've heard about the release window from Sony.
If you're curious, the official Collector's Edition includes the game, a statue of Kratos and his son Atreus fighting two Helmsters, two carved toy figurines (as played with by Atreus), a steelbook case, a lithograph print, a map of the in-game world, the original soundtrack, and a Shield Pack containing 3 in-game shields for Kratos to use.
What will the God of War gameplay be like?
Santa Monica Studio has been working on the game for several years. Creative Director Corey Barlog says on the PlayStation blog that the aim was to "create a different, better and truly more memorable experience than before".
He explains that it's not a reboot, not a retelling of the original story. Instead he "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."
That's because in the new God of War, Kratos is a father. The trailer above, which is apparently close to the final opening scene in the game, shows Kratos taking his boy out to hunt deer. Unlike the Kratos in previous games, he's less violent and more restrained.
The son is integral to the game, and according to The Verge's interview with Barlog, remains together with Kratos for most of the game. A button on the PS4 controller has even been dedicated to interacting with the boy.
Unlike the wide, cinematic camera angles of previous games, the view is now much closer to Kratos' shoulders. It should be a slower-paced game and many have already commented on how the combat in the teaser has more than a passing resemblance to Dark Souls.
Following a year of silence from the developers, Sony showcased a brand new five minute gameplay trailer of the upcoming game, giving fans an idea of what to expect in terms of combat and travel. It's the only other gameplay video available apart from the announcement trailer found at the top of the article.