Success is not guaranteed...you don’t get it just cuz you are who you are, you get it cuz you work really crazy hard, and sacrifice for something else...”
- Cory Barlog
This endeavor began with a simple idea…to tell the story of how a team was able to change the face of a franchise. The unknown outcome posed an incredible risk because, at the time, there were plenty of people against the idea of changing the fundamentals of God of War. But, underneath all of this was an even more compelling story. Raising Kratos chronicles the regular, everyday people who came together with a shared passion and did everything in their power to get to the finish line.
Anchored with key pillars like family, legacy and loyalty, this film takes an intimate look into one of PlayStation’s most influential development studios. Before being the team that made the game of the year, they were a studio in need of a second chance.
Unable to escape the throws of sacrifice, struggle, and doubt, Santa Monica Studio buckled down and overcame incredible adversity. After spending three intense years in production and shooting hundreds of hours’ worth of footage, it became quite clear that Santa Monica Studio was functioning from a place of love and dedication. From their individual families at home, to the support of their dedicated fans, the God of War team’s simple goal was to create something everyone could be proud of.
The hope is that, once people see the true heart of Santa Monica Studio unfold on the screen, they will recognize the unrelenting passion these visionaries have for their work and the incredible respect they have for their craft. We are extremely excited to share this film and it is with great pride that we present Raising Kratos.
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.
"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!