Update: Cory Barlog has clarified his statements from Kotaku’s Splitscreen podcast to clarify he didn’t mean five more God of War games are definitely in the works.
Barlog tweeted that the discussion on the podcast was much more “speculation” and not necessarily a declaration of exact plans for the God of War franchise. The future of the franchise “is going to be more measured” than what he discussed on the show.
“ok. to be honest, 5 games would literally kill me. you can rest assured the reality is going to be more measured than the speculation in the @kotaku discussion,” he wrote.
Original story follows:
God of War director Cory Barlog has revealed he has at least thought through some plans for five new God of War games following the recently released entry in the franchise.
On Kotaku’s spoiler-filled Splitscreen podcast, Barlog talks about making the new God of War game and his plans for future titles.
When asked how far into the future of God of War is mapped out in his head, Barlog simply replies “Five games.”
With the latest title taking five years to finish, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier posed the idea that five more games could potentially make for 25 total more years of development.
“No. I want to figure out how to make these things faster, man,” Barlog said in response
“I think this one—a big portion of the five years was, we had to start from scratch. We had a core engine but we really redid a lot of stuff. The previous God of War games, when we went from God of War 1 to God of War 2, the core engine was there.” Barlog explained.
“On this one, everything really needed to be redone, because we just had torn the engine apart in so many different ways that when we finally brought the team together, everyone realized, ‘OK, this is not where it needs to be.’ So even when you see E3 2016, the rendering engine wasn’t there, the lighting engine was half-there, the atmospheric engine was half-there.”
You can check out what else Barlog has said about the future of God of War, as well as the game itself, in IGN’s own God of War spoilercast below.
If you have finished God of War, or you don’t mind some serious spoilers you can see the ending explained here but if not check out our wiki guide to help you find every, chest, collectible and upgrade or get some help on defeating every Valkyrie in the game.