God of War IV is in Development

There are many different sources now confirming that another game in the praised God of War series is in the works, in fact rumored to be out in September of 2012! To those of you who will argue that because God of War III was the end of the trilogy, they aren’t releasing anything anymore, we must remind you what producer Steve Caterson said the following back in March of 2010:

Well, God of War III is the end of the trilogy. We didn’t leave you on a cliffhanger but I think it’s not the end of the franchise. I’m looking forward to do something different if we can. It also might be nice to return to the franchise if we can and bring all that knowledge back from wherever we go. Anything’s possible. It’s premature to say what it might be, since I don’t even know what I’ll be doing next week.

One source we have comes from a composer. Composer Timothy Williams has scored entertainment releases like Conan the Barbarian and Rise of the Argonauts, but his resume suggests something new: God of War IV.

Along with this, the Official Playstation Magazine (OPM) based out of the UK lent some hints as to the game. In the rumor section of their magazine in May of 2011, it said:

Kratos is on his way back, with his next adventure set to feature multiplayer.

To support this, the respected unofficial magazine known as PSM3, also based out of the UK, reported the following in April of 2011:

PSM3 has heard from another source that God of War 4 is coming, and will hit in September 2012. Our source works closely with the God of War universe, and let slip he’d be working on a related project at the same time.

To go even further with this, job postings from SCEA Santa Monica on Gamasutra in March of 2011 leads to the speculation that it will finally feature multiplayer action, as they ask for a Senior Programmer/Engineer to “join the God of War team!” and they are looking for someone who is able to design and implement “systems and tools to support networking needs (such as in-game communication, client-server, match-making, leaderboards).” This is assumed to not be a portable game seeing as the 3 previous console games are from SCEA Santa Monica and the portable version are via Read At Dawn Studios.

Just a few months ago on job site Creative Heads, SCEA Santa Monica posted again. There were rumors that the upcoming game would be set in modern day, which is furthered this new job listing, stating they’re looking for designer for a Military/Combat game for PlayStation, and that the person chosen would start “immediately.” Note that CVG and IGN both reported that the job listing said, “Join the GOW team,” however that appears to not be on the site any longer. If any of you remember, there was an unlockable video featured on the Gears of War Collection PS3 disc, titled ‘Fate of the Titan,’ which was unlocked by completing the game on Spartan Mode. It seems to go along with this combat theme, as it has a military helicopter, a jeep, and a few word plays in the video, which you can view below.

If you don’t mind any spoilers as to the videos contents, than keep reading the rest of this paragraph. The disc was released in 2009, before God of War III came out, yet it appears they had it all sorted out. In the video, the skull of Chronos has a hole in the exact same location that Kratos stabs and kills Chronos with the Blade of Olympus in God of War III. You should also note that the video says Chronos the Titan lives another thousand years after the first God of War, and we all know Chronos is killed in God of War III by Kratos. To my knowledge, there is no set timeline, as in the games never say when what takes place. So does this mean the GoW3 does take place 1,000 years after the original? I think so. Of course, if any of you have other knowledge as to the timeline, feel free to comment below!

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