May 11, 2019
Watch Raising Kratos
Raising Kratos is more than just a “making of,” this cinematic journey of second chances rooted in family, sacrifice, struggle and doubt follows game director Cory Barlog and those who chase perfection in art and storytelling. Witness the incredible defeats, the unpredictable outcomes and the down-to-the-wire tension on full display in this true-life redemption story.
April 20, 2019
Announcing Raising Kratos
On the one year anniversary of its release, we’re excited to share this peek behind the curtain of God of War’s very own Santa Monica Studio with a trailer for our upcoming film, Raising Kratos. This full-length feature documentary, coming very soon to PlayStation YouTube, is an exploration into the massive undertaking it took to change the course of the God of War Franchise.
April 18, 2019
"If you make something with passion, that passion is contagious." We partnered with Guinness World Records to surprise one of our greatest fans - Emmanuel Mojica Rosas. He is a fan for the ages, and this is a story we think you will never forget. Not to mention, we also reveal some incredible new merchandise from our dear friends at Mondo.
April 14, 2019
Together we all dream big dreams. Dreaming big has led to an amazing sense of accomplishment for all of us here at Santa Monica Studio and it’s the belief in that dream that kept us going, from the very moment we set out to create a new beginning for God of War.
Feb. 1, 2019
Your Greatest Challenge
Valhalla! What comes to mind when you think of this word? Most people will think of the grand hall in Norse mythology, where great warriors gather after their death. A few of you, however, will have flashbacks of being heel-stomped to death by a masked angel with metallic wings. This article is dedicated to you!
Dec. 18, 2018
How the Music Brought Faye to Life
The spirit of Atreus' mother is woven into the game through the enchanting vocals of Faroese singer, Eivør Pálsdóttiron.
Nov. 16, 2018
A Prequel Story
When I was first approached about working on a new God of War comic, a prequel to the forthcoming PS4 game, I was both intrigued and intimidated.
Oct. 23, 2018
What happens in Midgard, stays in Midgard. Making a video game is difficult. Making a stable game that both pushes the capabilities of the hardware and creates a super immersive, no-camera-cut, epically-sized AAA gaming experience like the one seen in the new God of War, is vastly more difficult.
Sept. 29, 2018
The Art of the Scene
Our Director of Photography, Dori Arazi, breaks down three pivotal scenes that shaped our game's masterful cinematic style.
Sept. 24, 2018
Sound of God of War
After adding all man-hours for music, dialog and sound effects, the number we came up to was 48,920 man-hours, which is 23.3 work years! Now hear this from Senior Sound Designer Daniel Birczynski about creating the sounds of God of War.
Sept. 1, 2018
God of War vs. You
Interested in what the God of War Community's Kill-Death Ratio is against Sigrun? Try 100 to 1, on Give Me God of War Mode...
Aug. 28, 2018
Experience The God of War Novel
Plunge deeper into the characters and story in the official novelization of God of War. Author J.M. Barlog gives you an introspective look at what you can expect from page one.
Aug. 20, 2018
Top Reasons to Check Out New Game+
We're extremely excited to share the top reasons to play God of War's New Game Plus (NG+) mode. Check it out by clicking here.
Aug. 16, 2018
Fighting a God
This is the (greatly condensed) story of how we created the boss fight with “The Stranger."
Aug. 15, 2018
Looking Under the Hood of the God of War Boat
Our Norse boat was a fantastically interesting feature to work on. Learn more about how it was designed.
Aug. 8, 2018
New Game+ Update
God of War New Game+ will be available as a free patch update on August 20th. Learn more by clicking here.
July 31, 2018
Our Best Norse Photographers
From the reflective shots to more adventurous battles, we're thrilled to reveal our legendary Photo Mode Contest winners from all across the Norse realms and the world.
July 20, 2018
God of War is heading to Comic-Con for the first time ever. Here's what we have lined up if you're joining us in the realm of San Diego. If you can't make it, don't worry, we'll bring most of this to you after the show as well!
June 22, 2018
Creating the Valkyries
Read more about how our art team created and designed the Valkyries as both frightening and graceful bosses.
June 22, 2018
Photo Mode Contest
Now that you've warmed up your photo-taking skills, submit your BEST pictures to our Official Photo Mode contest. Prestigious prizes await all winners worldwide.
June 20, 2018
From its intricate concept designs to the serpentine animations, find out how our team made this dragon stand out like no other.
June 18, 2018
Alfheim was the first realm the team worked on after designing Midgard and it would set out how fantastical, yet grounded the other areas of the game would become.
June 17, 2018
Father’s Day Tribute
“I know the truth isn’t simple, but nothing is when it involves your child” – Freya
June 12, 2018
Whether you’ve defeated all the Valkyries, conquered the daunting combat trials of Niflheim and Muspelheim, or simply accomplished your journey with Kratos and Atreus, here is one very strong reason to stay in the realm of God of War – New Game+.
May 26, 2018
Our Cosplay Guide
Through seeing many awe-inspiring God of War-inspired cosplay from all over the world and your requests, we're proud to release our definitive cosplay guide.
May 16, 2018
Give Me God of War
Now that God of War has been out for some time and plenty of players have had a chance to check out the combat in the game I wanted to take a moment to talk about “Give Me God of War” – the hardest difficulty mode available!
May 13, 2018
Memories of Mother
She is always with us
May 9, 2018
Our Photo Mode
We're excited to reveal the full details of our Photo Mode to let you capture the brutal chaos — and quiet beauty — of Kratos' and Atreus' journey and more details of our latest update.
May 8, 2018
Our Musical Themes
Composer Bear McCreary details the inspiration and execution of our game's musical themes and motifs.
May 3, 2018
We wanted to take a moment to highlight things we’re planning to address in upcoming patches.
April 10, 2018
Give Me A Challenge
It’s getting closer and closer. As the launch of God of War approaches on April 20th, we’re excited to share some of the options we’ll be able to offer you, to customize your experience.
March 22, 2018
God of War is GOLD! Going gold means so much to our Creative Director and to our whole studio - a long and exhausting journey filled with laughs, arguments, and a healthy dose of fear – with a side of doubt.
March 4, 2018
Our PS4 Pro Bundle
We are excited to announce that a Limited Edition God of War PlayStation 4 Pro bundle will launch alongside the game on April 20, 2018. This special bundle features a fully customized PS4 Pro console inspired by Kratos’ Axe, a Leviathan Gray DualShock 4 wireless controller with insignia, a physical copy of God of War and digital content.
Feb. 27, 2018
War on the Floor
Discover how we created an immersive half-time experience at the Golden State Warriors game through the eyes of Kratos and Atreus using projection mapping.
Jan. 30, 2018
April 20th, 2018
First, let me say that this is my favorite release day of my entire career. If I live to be a hundred, I do not think I will be able to top this release day. This has been a long journey just to reach this point so it is a little bittersweet to think that we are only a few months away from that journey finally coming to an end.
Sept. 22, 2017
Evolving Our Tech
From new, unflinching dynamic combat to a game camera that never cuts away from start to finish, to the vast world of Norse mythology that we’re establishing, we’d like to share with you some of the key technological highlights that are making this possible.
June 23, 2017
Defining The Norse Direction
This artwork truly became the beacon and lit the path for us. Everything we did - we referred back to this piece.
June 13, 2017
A New Beginning
Change is an essential part of life. In creative development change is often the explosive spark that transforms good enough into truly memorable. Several years ago we at Santa Monica Studio began the journey of creating a new God of War.
June 12, 2017
Scoring God of War
God of War will return for PlayStation 4, and I am honored to score it. The holy grail of videogame composition is creating for the player the feeling of a conductor watching the gameplay and cueing an orchestra to follow in real time.