Sony and Santa Monica Studio’s God of War was one of the biggest games of last year, garnering glowing reviews and massive sales as well as captivating fans along the way. Rejigging Kratos into a struggling father was a masterstroke from a storytelling standpoint, and the graphics and gameplay didn’t disappoint in bringing that idea to life. But one thing the game didn’t have was any big post-release DLC.
Although there has been a decent amount of surrounding materials for the game’s legions of loyal fans – including a Deluxe Edition, extra skins, a novelization, an audiobook, some Dark Horse comics, a Photo Mode, and New Game Plus – the lack of major story DLC didn’t go unnoticed.
Now, director Cory Barlog has explained why there wasn’t any God of War DLC. Speaking to The GameOverGreggy Show on YouTube, Barlog admitted that he did have a “really fun” idea for some extra story content, but it was ultimately deemed to be “too ambitious” to actually produce.
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Barlog explained, “There was a time when I wrote a couple of DLCs that we were talking about, ‘Ok, what if we did release some other stuff after?’ You know, there are interesting ideas but I think the amount of time we’d have to put into it, it would start to end up kinda like a [The Last of Us] Left Behind or a [InFamous] First Light kinda thing where it’s just so big… like [Uncharted] Lost Legacy or something like that.”
Barlog refers to some very hefty DLC releases from other games in that little quote, making it clear that his idea for expanding on God of War was fairly massive. Rather than just a couple of extra hours of gameplay, we can assume from Barlog’s comments that he was plotting out something sprawling and epic.
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“It would [have] ended up being its own thing,” Barlog added. “Rightfully so, everybody said, ‘Dude, this is crazy, this isn’t DLC, this is a little too big.'” It’s something of a shame that these ambitious plans weren’t progressed with, as there are loads of fans that would’ve loved to play a massive new chunk of God of War.
Cory Barlog and Santa Monica Studio are yet to confirm their future plans, but we’ll be sure to update you when they do…