God of War is Roughly 25 to 30 Hours Long

Sony Interactive Entertainment has been keeping their cards close to their chest regarding the upcoming God of War game for PlayStation 4, however, we’ve got a little tidbit of information from this year’s PlayStation Experience.

Game director Cory Barlog confirmed the game will take at least 25-30 hours to complete its main story campaign – news confirmed at the event. Alongside the news was some new key art posted for the game:

Barlog also provided some commentary on the recently shared Paris Games Week trailer, which you can find above.

God of War is launching sometime early next year, for PlayStation 4.

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  1. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    December 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I’m not really surprised. This one seems to have a much slower pace (among other things) compared to the previous games. I’m betting there’ll be plenty of hours of slow walking sections too.

  2. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    December 9, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Thats a lot of time to fill with QTEs.

  3. goodbyejojo
    December 9, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    and unskippable cutscenes that pad out the experience no doubt

  4. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    December 9, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    and the simulation of walking

  5. Neppers
    December 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    This game is meant to appeal to “dad gamers” in the same fashion as Last of Us. Not interested, and I beat the fuck out of every other game in this series.

  6. iswear12
    December 9, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    >Dad Gamers
    What? Explain

  7. Mr0303
    December 9, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    God of Walks.

  8. Mr0303
    December 9, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I’m not even sure they are trying to do this. It’s just Cory Barlog’s personal experience made into a game. I’m very disappointed in this new direction and it will be the only GOW game I won’t bother playing.

  9. Mr0303
    December 9, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    The length doesn’t matter much to me if the content is not appealing and this is the case with this new direction of GOW. They reduced one of the best hack and slash series to a Last of Us clone. At least he acknowledged that in the trailer the kid talked too much.

  10. OldPalpy
    December 9, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I’m assuming games meant to appeal to gamers who are dads now by devs that are dads now.

  11. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    December 9, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Looks like it took too much inspiration from Naughty Dog and their “cinematic” games. If this is 25 – 30 hours of engaging gameplay, then bring it on, but I’m betting a lot of the playtime is taken up by tending to the kid and walking sloooooowly while people chat about stuff I don’t really care about.

  12. Mr0303
    December 9, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    What’s your issue with that statement? It’s the best western developed series in the genre and it is by far the most popular overall. It has earned its place next to Devil May Cry, Bayonetta and Ninja Gaiden.

  13. iswear12
    December 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    That… still doesn’t explain what that means exactly though. I’m more asking what makes a “dad game”

  14. JohnnyCageFan2
    December 9, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    You played the mobile game, God of War: Betrayal, right? Personally going to enter this with high skepticism and wait to read the plot spoilers. #NoBuyIfTheKidDoesn’tDie

  15. JohnnyCageFan2
    December 9, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Was that key art shared as new? It was painted on the side of a fucking building months ago.

  16. Mr0303
    December 9, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    For a bit, but I didn’t bother completing it.

    I’m not buying it. This game has nothing to do with the original other than Kratos and it doesn’t make sense and even the voice actor is a different one.

  17. OldPalpy
    December 9, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I mean look at this and Last of Us the entire game are stoic older male protagonist acts like surrogate dad to some annoying kid teaching them life lessons like how to kill things brutally.

  18. JohnnyCageFan2
    December 9, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Agreed. There was some bullshit about motion capture and how the kid’s actor would interact with Kratos’ actor. Carson is shorter than Kratos, making it technically difficult and that the kid liked the other guy more.

  19. Mr0303
    December 9, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Seriously? That was the reason for dropping TC? That’s beyond stupid. Wouldn’t it be easier to replace the kid?

    That being said this makes my decision to skip it even easier.

  20. JohnnyCageFan2
    December 9, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    It’s freaking disheartening thinking how they’d just toss him to the curb like that. Some users were wondering if the Kratos would die mid way and the kid would take center in future games (they said it wouldn’t be his last game). Regardless, the kid’s actor is apparently hot shit

    They clearly don’t care about their older fans, the guys who cared about it to the point where it became a household name.

  21. iswear12
    December 9, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I think I getcha now

  22. Mr0303
    December 9, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I think it’s a combination of Last of Us’ success and Cory’s personal bullshit that nobody other than him cares about. I already went through the five stages of grief and decided to simply vote with my wallet and not buy the game.

    Unfortunately due to the production value and marketing this game will be immensely successful and as they stated it will be a trilogy, which in my eyes will be a death sentence to what once was a great hack and slash series. The games in that genre are getting pretty rare nowadays and the loss of the most popular franchise representing it is a major hit.

  23. JohnnyCageFan2
    December 9, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    You’re right on both counts, he’s full of shit with his constant
    parenting idioms and he stated that The Last of Us “paved the way” for
    deeper stories in games.

    Good on you for
    being largely over it. Personally, the worst thing thing is having
    waited years for an answer to what happened at the end of God of War
    III. The series represented a shining hope where unadulterated blood and
    violence were the order of the day with little thought spared to those it pissed off. If we’re lucky, maybe a worthy successor will emerge, but not from
    Sony and not as they are now.

    Shills are already out, there’s no doubt it will be 9~10/10 from mainstream reviewers heralding the series’ return to form no matter how shit or divergent it is.

  24. RichardGristle
    December 9, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Now that is a long movie.

  25. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    December 9, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Barlog had a son and he was so overwhelmed by his FEELS as a dad that he literally threw a tantrum until they let him do his pitch. He’s constantly talking in interviews about how the game is a personal thing for him and it’s an obvious self-insert thing about being the bestest dad ever.

  26. Kiryu
    December 9, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    So 30 hours of babysitting?

  27. Mr0303
    December 9, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I think you are right. Despite all their talent Sony Santa Monica have been moving away from the controversial if GOW Ascension and GOW3 Remastered are anything to go by. Part of the appeal of the series was its brutality, gore and the unapologetic anger of the protagonist.

    It was a breath of fresh air to play as a morally reprehensible character that cared for nobody and hated his very existence. In Chains of Olympus Kratos had the chance to be with his daughter, but forfeited it since he knew he couldn’t be her father any more – he lost nearly all humanity and in a way it was a noble sacrifice of what tied him to his previous life and gave him a glimpse of hope. In GOW3 Kratos had the chance to start anew with Pandora – somebody who would be a replacement to his daughter, much like Ellie was to Joel in The Last of Us, but he was incapable of relating to her and ultimately sacrificed her for his path for vengeance. This is why these series are antithetical to The Last of Us, where the relationship between the characters is the defining element, while in GOW it’s the lack of that that is the foundation of the tragedy. Kratos was a broken dysfunctional man and was defined only by his utility of being a murder machine. When he killed everybody there was no more use for him and he decided to end his life and by doing so committing another possibly unknowing act of nobility by giving humans hope and freedom. Now suddenly he’s back trying to take care for his bastard son from a woman who died in an unfamiliar world. The new title couldn’t be more of a thematic departure.

    Apologies for the essay, but I guess I’m venting. I think you are correct that indie developers may take inspiration and continue the legacy of the series.

  28. Fandangle
    December 9, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    We’re talking about God of War, right?

  29. Mr0303
    December 9, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Unless you think that you are in the wrong article.

  30. BFG
    December 9, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    If i wanted to play games featuring father figures as protagonists, Yakuza/Ryu ga Gotoku would be my first choice

  31. GameZard
    December 9, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Sony love cinematic games.

  32. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    December 9, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    >the best western developed

    That’s like saying the slightly the obese tumblr chick is more fuckable than Boogie2988.

  33. Mr0303
    December 9, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    I’m not interested in your sexual preferences.

  34. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    December 9, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    You’re not interested in women?


  35. Justin Williams
    Justin Williams
    December 9, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Funny how God of War absolutely *WAS* the undisputed hack and slash king in its prime but everybody gotta act like they forgot about Kratos.

  36. Justin Williams
    Justin Williams
    December 9, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Technically even if he were not interested in women that would not make him a fag. That would only make him asexual.

  37. Justin Williams
    Justin Williams
    December 9, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I’m a dad a couple times over and I have no interest in dad games. At. All.

    Not a genre.

  38. Justin Williams
    Justin Williams
    December 9, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Rule #1 of good game development- develop for your market, not yourself. If fans are begging for a hack and slash bloodbath you give them that plus a bag of chips.

    Developers used to understand that a job was a job and not a soapbox to stand on.

  39. SiliconNooB
    December 10, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Sounds fucking awful!

    God of War games usually feel like they’ve overstayed their welcome at around the seven hour mark. A GoW game the length of an RPG sound like a bad time.

  40. GamerAlligator
    December 10, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I do hope single player (without side quests) won’t be more than 10 hours. I do love long games but for a hack & slash, 25 hours is too long. Got to appreciate these guys for giving us a lot.

  41. Mr0303
    December 10, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I’m not interested in your fetishes, be those tumblrites or whoever that boogie fellow is.

  42. RetroGamer
    December 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    As a non-father, the thought of children only makes me think about having to lock my collection up somewhere so the kids wouldn’t mess it up.

  43. JohnnyCageFan2
    December 10, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Vent if you want to vent, you make some thoughtful points. If only it was them who realized that their character and the series’ overall tone was incompatible with what they’re trying to do and have given him a relatively peaceful ending as apposed to likening him to Mario and never letting him go. Considering what you said about him sacrificing himself and not being able to be a father, he already had a soul and now they just pissed it away.

    Nevertheless, Barlog’s chugging along with his vision of Kratos and God of War (apparently with all the support in the world) whether it’s going to be a mess or not.

  44. Mr0303
    December 10, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    You know, there could’ve been a really easy fix that would’ve made me more acceptable to this reboot (even though they claim it’s a continuation). Introduce a new character in the Norse mythology and do all the fatherly crap you want to do. This way it would’ve been a complete departure from the series and I wouldn’t have cared all that much about the differences with the previous games, but they couldn’t help themselves and wanted Kratos, because he’s iconic and will likely bring fans over.

  45. Lea Pastillaroja
    Lea Pastillaroja
    December 10, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    30 hours long?
    how many of them are cutscenes?
    also, who did this estimate? if it was a journo then the game is likelly 1 hour long, but it probably feels like 30 after so much time stuck in the tutorial

  46. ProxyDoug
    December 11, 2017 at 7:47 am

    So, do you think there is a better western hack and slash game or maybe one that can compete?
    What would it be? This is a sincere question.

  47. ProxyDoug
    December 11, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I don’t recognize this game anymore.

  48. ProxyDoug
    December 11, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Maybe they could have Kratos as an elusive antagonist and have this new character be in pursuit of him.

  49. Mr0303
    December 11, 2017 at 8:34 am

    This is an interesting idea. Perhaps somebody who lost his family to Kratos would go on a hunt for him, thus playing on the whole cycle of vengeance theme. The potential protagonist could be doing that from the perspective of a parallel mythology (after all Kratos did kill quite a few barbarians).

    There are so many better ways of continuing the story than what we got.

  50. Jared Bellow
    Jared Bellow
    December 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    The comments section made me cringe forever.

  51. TsukuyomiMagi99
    December 11, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    That’s odd. Kratos struck me as a MGTOW lol.

  52. Z3DH
    December 11, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Looks boring, fam.

  53. Varg Wetterskog
    Varg Wetterskog
    December 17, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Just like Niche gamer.

  54. Varg Wetterskog
    Varg Wetterskog
    December 17, 2017 at 12:17 am

    God forbid that a game develops! If everything isn’t exactly as the first game, then it’s shit. True Nintendo thinking there.

  55. Mr0303
    December 17, 2017 at 4:57 am

    The difference is that the game is not developing, but rather going backwards.