One of the main mysteries that came out of the Playstation conference at E3 2016 was the identity of Kratos’ son, the boy that was the deuteragonist in the God of War 4 trailer. Now, it seems, Sony Santa Monica is finally comfortable will telling us the kid’s identity: his name is Atreus.
One of the main theories that people had about the kid was that he was the young form of some Norse god that Kratos would be mentoring throughout the game. However, as Atreus is a Greek name, it seems like those theories are incorrect, though for now we don’t really know if he’ll grow up into anything more.
In Greek mythology, Atreus was a Mycenaean king, the father of Agamemnon and Menalaus of Trojan War fame. However, as God of War doesn’t appear to take place in any specific time period (not to mention Greece appears to have been completely destroyed thanks to Kratos’ actions in God of War 3) Kratos’ son couldn’t be that same Atreus.
The information for the name was brought to the attention of Cory Barlog and the internet by someone that went into the Bear McCreary section of iTunes (since McCreary provided the musical accompaniment for the Playstation conference) and took a look at the “God of War E3 2016 Overture (Live)” song. In the “Details” section of the song, he found the “comments” section to be filled with information about the overture, which said “An introduction to Kratos and Atreus.”
While the name doesn’t really give us more information about what exactly Atreus will be come, since he’s Kratos’ son and learns how to shoot properly and kill in the E3 demo, we may be seeing more of him in the future, and he may in the future change his name to something more Norse to fit the setting.
We still have no release date for God of War 4, but hopefully it will be coming soon.