Doubt is the demon that lives in the ear of every person in this industry...”
- Cory Barlog
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.
More importantly, this is the first time PlayStation took a chance in telling a story about the people who created this work of art. With clips and interviews chosen from hundreds of hours footage captured during the production of the game, we hope you’ll enjoy this cinematic journey of second chances rooted in family, sacrifice, struggle, doubt, and ultimately triumph.
The ultimate goal was to go beyond a ‘making of’ piece and dig deeper into the experiences of those who spent relentless time and effort aspiring to make something great. All creative endeavors, especially those of this magnitude, require an incredible amount of dedication and focus. With a team comprised of hundreds of people, and a development timeline spanning several years, teamwork was paramount to the game’s success. Delicate and crucial decisions were made daily, with each choice impacting the final outcome in unpredictable ways. Our hope is that once people see the experience of Santa Monica Studio unfold on the screen, they will recognize the undying passion they have for their work and the incredible respect they have for their craft. For God of War specifically, the fans have shown a great deal of love and loyalty which has earned them an everlasting seat at the Santa Monica Studio family table.
The creative people at Santa Monica Studio and all throughout PlayStation are eager to offer a glimpse into the heartfelt development of this world that means so much to all of us. We genuinely thank the myriads of fans that have celebrated God of War with us throughout the years, and we’re excited to use this new medium to introduce this world to new fans who have yet to discover its wonders.
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.
"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.
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.
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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!