God of War has cemented itself as one of the most iconic Sony exclusives since the days of the PlayStation 2. The mythology-inspired hack-and-slash adventure games fused lore that’s fascinated people for millennia with the over-the-top gore and monolithic battles that now define the series. And even 14 years after the release of the original title, its developer Santa Monica Studio continues to push the franchise to new heights with the PS4 reboot God of War and an upcoming sequel referred to by fans as God of War 5.
Technically the fourth entry in the franchise, God of War for PS4 took home the coveted Game of the Year award and breathed new life into the series with the father-and-son dynamic of Kratos and Atreus. But it stayed true to the original trilogy by delivering a refined combat system and eye-popping action — and there’s a lot more where that came from.
Since the release of God of War for PS4, Santa Monica has posted job listings that hint that a new title is in the works. Plus, with the imminent 2020 launch of the PlayStation 5 it seems impossible the studio wouldn’t release another installment for a series that has so long been a definitive reason to own a PlayStation console.
With that in mind, here’s everything we know about the future of God of War, from release date rumors to where the plot is headed next.
When is God of War 5s release date?
The fifth entry in the God of War series not been announced, so neither Santa Monic or Sony Interactive Entertainment has revealed specific release dates. However, a teaser announcing a new game in the next year or two isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
The most recent God of War release took five years to develop. Game director Cory Barlog told Kotaku that a majority of that time was dedicated to complicated logistics like a working game engine and other labor-intensive mechanics. For a follow-up, all Santa Monica will need to do is re-optimize the engine for the PS5 and create a new story.
Plus, Barlog also teased that he has tons of ideas to move the story forward. So coming up with a new plot might not be so difficult either.
What has Santa Monica said about God of War 5?
During the same interview with Kotaku Barlog said he’s brainstormed enough God of War story ideas for five new games. He later clarified on Twitter he was speaking candidly and that Santa Monica doesn’t have actual plans for five more games. But it seems that Barlog has more than enough material to work with for God of War 5 and might already be cooking something up.
Santa Monica also posted a job opening for a “Senior Combat Designer” in June 14 that required applicants to have “knowledge of God of War (2018) and be able to speak in depth about the combat system, mechanics, and enemies.”
The position is still available, though the line that required knowledge of God of War (2018) appears to have been removed. This suggests that the original position was filled or Santa Monica removed the snippet to avoid stirring up any rumors.
But based on the ending of the most recent God of War game, it’s impossible not to expect a sequel.
Heavy spoilers for God of War ahead.
What will theGod of War 5 plot be about? Will Thor be in it?
Kratos battles Baldur, the Norse god of light, one final time at the end of the game. After defeating him, Kratos and Atreus travel to Jotunheim to scatter Kratos’ wife and Atreus’ mother, Faye’s ashes. That’s where they discover that Faye was actually a giant called Laufey, making Atreus half god and half-giant, and with another name: Loki.
As Kratos and Atreus journey back home, Atreus peppers his father with questions about what his true identity could mean and his mother’s legacy. Kratos deflects most of them, almost perfectly setting the stage for a sequel.
The death of Baldur might have also teased Kratos’ next major challenge in God of War 5: Ragnarök. The cataclysmic event, also known as the “Twilight of the Gods,” is a prophesy in Norse mythology that is said to bring about the death of many gods.
God of War has played fast and loose with mythological lore through out its history, but Baldur’s death is the first mark of the coming of Ragnarök. Plus, a secret cut scene at the end of the game shows Thor coming to confront Kratos, suggesting that something big has just been put into action.
There’s a lot for Santa Monica to work with for a sequel.
What consoles will God of War 5 be available on?
There has never been a God of War game that has released on any console other that the PlayStation.
Santa Monica Studio is a subsidiary of Sony so there’s no chance its next game will be released for anything else but the PS5. The developer is a bit of a one-trick-pony, its God of War series makes the majority of its portfolio, but it’s easy to see why with this overwhelming success each installment of the game has had throughout its 14-year lifespan.
God of War 5 has not been announced but it is anticipated to come out for the PS5… eventually.