The God of War games are arguably one of the most popular Greek mythology-related entertainment products of the last decade, with the series being one of Sony’s greatest assets for the PlayStation brand. While each game in the series has exclusively featured characters and settings from the Greek pantheon, new leaked concept art suggest that developer Sony Santa Monica is taking the series in a much different direction for the next installment.
The leaked images, of which there are dozens, show series protagonist Kratos — or at least a character that looks very similar — wielding an axe, as well as a representation of the Bifrost Rainbow Bridge, suggesting that the next game will tackle Norse mythology as opposed to Greek. The artwork was taken by NerdLeaks from the personal website of an artist who previously worked at Sony Santa Monica in 2015.
Although Nerdleaks’ website and Twitter account have since been taken offline, the images have been archived over on NeoGAF.
Having God of War tackle Norse mythology makes a lot of sense, as the series has pretty much exhausted all it can do with Greek mythology by this point (Kratos having killed pretty much every God and creature in the pantheon). The shift to Norse mythology could be a fresh start for the series; even former franchise director David Jaffe has mentioned in the past that the decision to move to the Norse was considered long ago.
Sony has yet to confirm that the artwork is official, although Polygon has reported that sources have indicated that the artwork is legitimate. There hasn’t been a new entry in the God of War franchise since 2013’s God of War: Ascension, but it looks like we could be on the cusp of a formal announcement sometime this year.