A new Concept art leak from NerdLeaks shows that God of War 4 will abandon ancient Greek myth for a Norse setting but will still feature Kratos as the main protagonist. The leak, comprising dozens of environment and concept paintings, shows long time protagonist Kratos — or a character that looks similar to Kratos — sporting a beard and carrying an axe, and a representation of the Bifröst Rainbow Bridge. The artwork was uncovered by NerdLeaks from the personal website of an artist who worked at God of War developer Santa Monica Studio in 2015. Their website and twitter account have since been taken down.
NerdLeaks started digging after an industry insider Shinobi602 recently sent out a series of tweets teasing the new God of War game in a Norse setting, and sure enough, they somehow got their hands on a bunch of screenshots and art that seemed to confirm things, bearded Kratos and all. Sony does not seem to be happy, and NerdLeaks is now offline. The photos are now on NeoGaf. The images, which show a Viking version of series protagonist Kratos and level designs for Alfheim and Vanaheimr, two of the nine realms in Norse mythology.
Norse mythology would provide a rich resource of opponents for Kratos, including Gods like Thor, Loki and Odin, as well as mythological creatures like the giant Ymir, the wolf Fenrir and dragons Jormugand, Fafnir and Nidhogg.
Not long ago, Sony published a remastered version of God of War 3 on PS4. The game engine took advantage of the new hardware and was indeed impressive. The developer will sure update the engine to inhibit advanced features like Global Illumination and high-res gore. God of War has always been a major showpiece for the PlayStation’s graphical power, so we expect its PS4 iteration to be one of the most visually impressive games we have ever seen.
We saw the sequel coming as the franchise is one of PlayStation’s most recognizable and valuable console exclusives. Sony has yet to announce a new God of War, but it has been in development since 2014 – when it was rumoured to be a series reboot.