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God of War is back, and it's looking better than we ever could have imagined. Kratos has returned, but this time he's got a new set of Gods to deal with – all from Norse legend. "We are parsing it as the time in which the Vikings spoke of their Gods walking the Earth," creative director Cory Barlog told a panel at E3 2016, as reported by Eurogamer.net. "So it's not in the era where the Vikings are around, we're predating them by a considerable amount of time."

Of course, Norse mythology wasn't the only idea that the developer had. "Egyptian mythology was the other one and half the team was way into that," he said. "All of them had great reasons. I think, for me, as I looked at both of those, Egyptian mythology is about the pharaohs as embodiments of the Gods on Earth and there's a lot more about civilisation – it's less isolated, less barren. I think at this time, we really wanted to focus on Kratos."

The new God of War represents a departure for the series, with Kratos living life more prosaically with his son. But fans of the franchise for its bombast won't be left behind. "I think spectacle is part of our DNA," he admitted. "I made a very deliberate choice not to put that in this demo. We needed to stand out a little bit and show people why we changed this game. But there's still the David vs. Goliath. The troll fight is a small version of what we really have to show."

[source eurogamer.net]