Unlike the preceding trilogy, the Norse story of God of War will end after the second game. According to Sony Santa Monica creative director Cory Barlog, the studio just didn’t want to spend 15 years working on three titles.
Barlog shared his thoughts on the decision during an interview with Kaptain Kuba on YouTube. He said that the first game, which came out in 2018, took five years, and the second one is going to take “close to a similar time,” which means that making a third title will stretch the development to 15 years.
“I feel like we’re asking too much, to say the actual completion of that story taking that long just feels too long and given sort of where the team was at and where [Eric Williams] was at with what he wanted to do, I was like look, I think we can actually do this in the second story,” Barlog explained.
God of War: Ragnarok is expected to come out in 2022 on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The game will serve as a sequel to 2018’s title, telling the story of Kratos and Atreus trying to prevent Ragnarok from happening.