Just a month removed from release, creative director Cory Barlog took to Twitter to announce that the gold master disc has been burned for God of War and the game’s development is finally complete.
From here the game will be moved toward the manufacturing stage and then on to shipping for mass retail distribution.
God of War is gold, baby.! Thank you to every wonderful human who worked so hard to make this happen. Neither word nor emoji can express the love i have for you all. 🙏 Next stop, April 20th!!! pic.twitter.com/HBx7EwmJqq
— Cory Barlog 🤮 @ GDC and GOLD!! (@corybarlog) March 22, 2018
The photo shows the entire Santa Monica Studios staff posing and smiling for an overhead shot where they celebrated the completion of God of War for PS4.
The controversial game also received a blog post over on the PlayStation Blog, where Barlog bared his soul on behalf of the studio; highlighting the struggles and hills that the team overcame and climbed with desperation and determination.
“It has been a long and exhausting journey filled with laughs, arguments, and a healthy dose of fear – with a side of doubt. This was the scariest, most wonderful thing I have ever done and I can honestly say it would never have been possible without the full-throated support of Sony and the tireless work of the incredible team at Santa Monica Studio”
The creative director also thanks his father for the inspiration, since he claims that this latest God of War is all about fathers and sons.
The new game removes Kratos from the chthonic journeys of Greek mythology to the gelid forests and blistering cold mountains of Norse lore. Even
It isn’t just Greek mythology taken out of the God of War loop; there’s also the removal of the isometric hack-and-slash combat system. Gamers now have the Dark Souls over-the-shoulder camera to contend with that the studio admittedly included as “inspiration” from From Software.
There’s been a lot of push back from core fans about the new direction that the series has taken ever since David Jaffe handed over the reigns to Cory Barlog. The new game lacks sex appeal, has decided to take itself very seriously, and is now oftentimes being compared to The Last of Us from those who have grown tired of the “cinematic” experience.
Nevertheless, if you’re okay with a more mellowed out, less vitriolic, more tame, “mature”, and “cinematic” approach to the God of War franchise, you can look for the game to launch on April 20th for the PS4.