“I know the truth isn’t simple, but nothing is when it involves your child” – Freya
We hope that trailer leaves a lasting impact because today is Father’s Day, a day with a very special meaning to the new beginning of God of War. At its heart, this is a story of a father and his son on an incredible adventure and a deeply personal quest together. Therein lies a connection for all of us between their story and the ones all of us have shared with our fathers, or for anyone who is a parent to a child.
To celebrate Father’s Day, we commissioned a limited run poster series to reflect on moments of adventure and lessons fathers and their children may have together, with a slight twist – how would Kratos and Atreus experience these moments in the Norse wildlands of God of War?
These five original posters were thoughtfully created by incredible artist Doaly. They are available now as a limited numbered print run of 75 each. Visit here to purchase; they’ll go fast!
Finally, as we at Santa Monica Studio reflect on Father’s Day and it’s true personal meaning to us for God of War, members of our studio at large wanted to share some of their fondest moments with their dads, or even as dads themselves. Thank you for letting us share with you.
wife read a 'Pettson and Findus' bedtime story in Swedish to our son. He
spent the whole time whispering, “Hey papa…” and then explaining to me what was
happening in English. Turns out, he was only sharing the parts he liked so now
I need to do some Google translating to find out how it really ends.
- Cory Barlog
When I was about 8 years old, a meteor shower was
supposed to occur very early in the morning, around 2am. I was sad to miss it
since I knew I couldn’t stay up that late. Despite being exhausted from work, my
dad made sure to wake me up so we could watch it together, he knew I loved
science and nature. It’ll forever be one of my cherished memories.
- Hanna Phipps
My dad writes funny little poems and limericks in all my
- Hannah Foell
My dad taught me how to drive a stick shift by making me
learn on the biggest hill he could find. We never fought a dragon before but
that hill felt like a huge beast and together we beat it!
- Christopher Lloyd
Me talking to my father (Victor Cepeda IV to Victor
"I know how to do a fireball in Street Fighter and you don't, so I know more than you."
"Good, if you know more than me, it means my life has been successful."
- Victor Cepeda
My dad flew over for a one month visit. I don't get to
see him as much anymore. When he arrived it struck me that he is an older man
now, but the Moment he started talking, time was suspended. His heart and his
smile are as young as when I was a boy. There are relationships and bonds that
time never erodes, however far and apart we might be. I cherish every Moment we
spend together as true friends. I hope he will be there for a long time.
- Stephane Gaudette
After over six years of trying to start a family—with all the struggle and heartbreak we endured—when my son’s adoption became final the flood of emotion that washed over me was not just a memorable moment, but one of the greatest days in my life, period.
day my father took me to my first baseball game at Dodgers Stadium is seared
into my memory. Stepping out from the
concourse and seeing the bright green grass and how enormous everything looked…
it was breathtaking. Last year, I got to
share that same experience with my own son for the first time. The wonder in his eyes is something I’ll
- Matt Sophos
following in daddy’s footsteps, my son Harrison (3) just designed his first
board game: Super Oval. It is now one of his favorite ways to spend time
together, though the rules seem to include more turns for him than anyone else,
and only he seems to fully understand the win conditions. He let me win once,
but has an otherwise undefeated Super Oval record.
- David Hewitt
dad and I used to, once a year, do a long back-packing trip into the Sierra Nevada’s.
We hike up Horse Creek Canyon trail and after several hours descend down deep
into the canyons to a secret camp site my uncles made some years ago. We spent
the next day’s traversing the creek, jumping from rock to rock, and fishing.
The last year that we made the trip, my dad and I had decided to go very far
down stream and we ended at a massive waterfall. Alas, there was no way to
climb down the 30 feet to continue our trek. So, we decided to sit on a
rock cliff that was to the side of the waterfall and enjoy the vista and the
sound of rushing water in silence. It was magical.
- Jeffrey Price
As a father, there are so many priceless Moments you
build with your children – their first steps, first words, the first time you
play video games together. Before I was in games, I was a professional
musician, so for me, the most memorable Moments have been watching my kids
perform. Each time they do, I have to choke back tears of pride and joy.
- Dave Thach
Though I did not get to interact with my father a lot, he nurtured my love of art, monsters, and games from a young age. Bringing home all the scrap paper he could find, along with pens from the factory he worked at. He spent all he had to get us a computer, and told us this was the future and to learn it. The sacrifices he made in life pushed me forward to where I am today.
My step dad was a force in art in another way. Introducing me to fantasy, DnD and design, and helping to push my imagination to new heights. He stepped into my life and helped to create a stable place to foster imagination and stability. He also helped support me through college to realize my dreams when my mom passed.
I owe everything to my father, stepfather and my friends
for where I am now.
- Stephen Oakley
When my wife saw our God
of War trailer for the first time and Kratos said to Atreus “Do not be
sorry, be better” She immediately thought of me saying the same thing to my own
- Anoop Shekar
My father – our strong moments often pass silently; meeting eyes, an arm around shoulders, gazing out together at something and just being present. Our bond is loudest when quiet.
My son - when you were born and first opened your eyes
and looked at me, I said softly that my entire life could be just for you. I
have always wanted to be a great Father, and I hope that through your life – I
will have been worthy of you.
- Cliff Schonewill
Since I have been living in the USA, I don’t get to see
my dad as much these days. A while ago we had a chance to reconnect by climbing
Mt Kilimanjaro! If God of War and my dad
have taught me anything, it’s that all fathers and sons should climb a mountain
together, at least once!
- Rob Davis
My dad stayed home with me when I had the chicken pox in
4th grade and we played through Castlevania
II: Simon’s Quest together. My dad would talk through the puzzles with
me to show how to use my brain to solve problems, and I admired him for being
super cool and smart!
- Erica Pinto
During E3 many years ago I was feverishly following all
the news when my dad invited me to go fishing with him for the first time.
While I was reluctant to pull myself away we spent the whole day on the water
and now every time E3 comes back around long before I think of new games and
announcements I think of the Chesapeake Bay.
- Samuel Handrick
Catching a foul ball with my boys and dad at Dodger Stadium (aka Blue Heaven)! Good times.
- Guy Silliman
I made plans to go camping in June with some old friends
when one of them reminded us that the weekend we agreed upon was Father’s Day weekend.
My immediate thought was “Aw, who cares? My dad has passed.” Then I remembered
my 14 month old baby and it struck me: “Wait…I am Dad.”
- Bryce Mercado
I became a father near the end of this project, and it
was such an emotional feeling that washed over me the moment I saw my daughter
enter this world. Something I never felt before but knew from years of the love
my parents had given me, I was now going to give to her. And in those late
nights rocking her to sleep, she looking up at me with her smile holding my
beard and I’m looking at her knowing I will go to the tallest peak in any realm
to make her happy.
- Ruben Morales
I remember long play sessions bossing my dad around in Final Fantasy 7 “guiding” him through
the game. I was probably a terrible guide as I was barely able to comprehend
the text and follow along, but I give 100% credit to that experience for
sparking my passion to play games, and guiding me to a career that is more
fulfilling than I could have imagined making them. I have my dad to thank for
the path my life is taking.
- Melissa Smith
Playing checkers – and later, chess – with my dad.
He would never let me win; it made me earn that first king.
- Sean Feeley
dad is super stoic and tired after working long hours everyday to provide for
the family. However, after my high school graduation and walking over to my
family, my dad not only shook my hand (as he usually does) but gave me a big
hug with his tears in his eyes – definitely becoming one of the most memorable
moments with my father to this day.
- John Wie
My son was born during the development of God of War. He’s 2 ½ now. When he was 7 months old, one morning I was doing push-ups next to him while he was on his belly in army-crawler mode. All the sudden he pops up on all fours to copy me and we did 2 push-ups together. I couldn’t believe he was trying to show me his strength and determination like that, already, I’ll never forget it.
- Aaron Kaufman
After wrapping on God of War, we set out on our own epic road trip adventure with our two sons (2yr and 4yr). After several days on the road, my still-in-diapers two year old realized we would stop each time his older brother needed to use the restroom. He responded by self-potty-training and requesting we stop every 30 minutes. While it lengthened our journey considerably, I was so proud of my son for discovering and “gaming” his first system.
- Mark Webster
When I started on this project I didn’t have any kids and didn’t quite get the father / son relationship between Kratos and Atreus. Fast forward a few years to the second E3 showing, I was home, and my Son was watching the trailer and was completely absorbed. I understood Cory’s vision then.
- James Sweeney
This is a birthday card one of my sons gave to me. They crack me up.
- Erik Jakobsen
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.
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.
The Art of the Scene
Our Director of Photography, Dori Arazi, breaks down three pivotal scenes that shaped our game's masterful cinematic style.
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.