Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) Santa Monica is thinking beyond God of War: Ragnarok.
This team is one of the key groups for SIE, and in 2018, we saw God of War from them, exclusively on PlayStation 4, shifting the mythology background to the Nordic one, featuring Kratos and his son, Atreus. The story is not over yet, the sequel is in development (although we still don’t know if it will be a PlayStation 5-exclusive title or if it’s also getting a PlayStation 4 port – Jim Ryan, the president and CEO of SIE is keeping mute about it). The game is supposedly launching this year, but an early 2022 release also feels plausible due to the coronavirus global pandemic, as we should handle release windows with doubts. Still, SIE Santa Monica is looking for people for their next project.
The team has a job listing for an art director: „We are seeking an experienced Art Director for the development of a new unannounced title! Do you love collaborating to build genre-defining games? Join us as we embark on a new journey! [The applicant should] have practical experience in defining and maintaining a world-class artistic vision to support the overall game vision with a proven execution to ship. They will coordinate large teams of artists across multiple subject areas to execute on the creative promise for a large-scale new project.”
The rumours say that Cory Barlog, the director of 2018’s God of War, doesn’t have as big of a role in the sequel, and already in 2018, he hinted at wanting to work on a new project altogether: „I really would love to create something of my own next. Something that, truly, 100 per cent is coming from my original vision. That would be awesome. But we have to see if I can convince Sony on that one.” He also retweeted the job listing, so it’s not hard to tie the dots together.
He might be working on a new IP, and it might need 2-3 years to be released. So don’t expect it before 2024, and let’s not even try to guess what it could be.