News: God of War without Atreus would have felt like the movie All Is Lost

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God of War wasn’t always going to feature Atreus in the mix, and probably would have ended up having protagonist Kratos wondering around all on his lonesome mumbling to himself, developer Sony Santa Monica Studio has revealed.

Speaking to GameSpot, Cory Barlog confirmed that early ideas for the game didn’t have Kratos’ pint-sized companion in such a key role, and in some cases wasn’t part of the equation at all. As such, God of War would have been ‘a very different game’; sort of like Robert Redford’s All Is Lost, only, ya know, without a big, angry bloke going around eviscerating Norse-inspired monsters.

‘Alright, it’s gonna be All Is Lost with Robert Redford; it’s gonna be one character who talks to himself occasionally, but generally, it will be very silent and everyone will talk in old Norse, so that you won’t understand anything anybody’s saying,’ commented Barlog.

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