God of War is, without doubt, one of the most anticipated upcoming titles for PlayStation 4, it could even be a reason to buy the console altogether. In a recent Interview with HollywoodReporter, creative director Cory Barlog shared a bit more information about Kratos, the protagonist of God of War and his son, Atreus as well as the actors portraying them.
Given the history of Kratos and his antihero nature, it’s hard to portray him as a father figure and a full grown and mature man not seeking for revenge. In this title, Kratos is “done” with the ancient Greek mythology and has set sail for a glimpse of the Norse one. Why did this happen though? Barlog gave a pretty accurate and honest answer about this question:
“When I came back to the studio I knew I needed to make a big change to the game. We had exhausted Greek mythology and kind of started to set up Kratos to be able to connect to more myths. We didn’t know exactly where we were going to go at the time, but we knew we were going to expand it out.”
He then gave some information about the two actors both voicing and acting Kratos and Atreus. As he stated, in all previous titles characters were using a different voice and body actor but not this time. If the development team wanted to portray Kratos and Atreus exactly as they are they had to have only one actor. So Christopher Judge, a 6-foot-3 with the build of an NFL linebacker was cast for the role of Kratos and Sunny Suljic, a 10-year-old boy for the role of Atreus.
What’s interesting though is that the fate of the actor that was supposed to play Kratos was completely in Suljic hands. Sunny has told that during an audition he was asked who of the actor that was auditioned for the role of Kratos he liked the most. In their one-on-one interviews, Sunny and Christopher had intense chemistry and created a bond, something that their roles required.
Christopher Judge (Kratos) says:
“We did a chemistry test, and I didn’t find out until later that they really did ask Sunny for approval. If I had known then that my fate was in the hands of a 10-year-old,” he
turns to Sunny. “I owe you a pair of Nikes.”
For the part of Atreus, Barlog had to mention that he is not such a weak boy as everyone expects and you are not required as Kratos to look after him all the time. You have the option to guide him through many phases of the game with his dedicated button on the controller to teach him “how life works”:
‘It’s most definitely not an escort mission. The player has direct command over Atreus and is trying to guide him through the process, but the kid has his own mind and he is able to handle himself even when you’re not paying attention.’ With the press of a button, you can tell Kratos’ son to perform certain tasks which Barlog likens to ‘teaching your kid to ride a bike as you run alongside.’
God of War is an exclusive Playstation 4 title with no release date yet. It is expected for launch in Spring of 2018 if all things go according to plan.