Overview of the God of War Franchise
The God of War franchise is a highly successful and critically acclaimed series of action-adventure video games. Developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, the franchise has been a PlayStation exclusive since its inception in 2005.
The games follow the story of Kratos, a Spartan warrior who becomes the God of War after defeating Ares, the previous God of War. Kratos then goes on a series of quests and battles against various mythological creatures and gods from Greek, Norse, and Egyptian mythology.
The franchise is known for its epic storytelling, brutal combat, and cinematic visuals. The games have won numerous awards and have sold millions of copies worldwide.
In the next sections, we will explore the number of games in the mainline series, spin-off titles, remastered and remake versions, and the future of the franchise.
Number of Mainline God of War Games
There are currently nine mainline God of War games, with the first one released in 2005 for the PlayStation 2. Here’s a list of all the mainline games in chronological order:
- God of War (2005)
- God of War II (2007)
- God of War III (2010)
- God of War: Ascension (2013)
- God of War (2018)
- God of War: Ragnarok (Upcoming)
In addition to these games, there are also two mobile games: God of War: Betrayal (2007) and God of War: Chains of Olympus (2008).
The mainline God of War games have received critical acclaim for their story, gameplay, and graphics. The series has evolved over time, with each new game introducing new gameplay mechanics, weapons, and abilities. The latest installment, God of War (2018), received numerous Game of the Year awards and is widely considered one of the best games of the generation.
God of War Spin-Off Titles
In addition to the mainline games, there have been several spin-off titles in the God of War franchise. These games are often shorter and more focused than the mainline games, and some of them introduce new gameplay mechanics and characters.
Here are the God of War spin-off titles:
- God of War: Chains of Olympus (2008, PlayStation Portable)
- God of War: Ghost of Sparta (2010, PlayStation Portable)
- God of War: Betrayal (2007, Mobile)
- God of War: Ascension (2013, PlayStation 3)
Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta were both released for the PlayStation Portable, while Betrayal was a mobile game released for Java ME and BREW-enabled cell phones.
Ascension, on the other hand, was released for the PlayStation 3 and serves as a prequel to the original God of War game.
While these spin-off titles may not be as well-known or highly regarded as the mainline games, they still offer a unique and enjoyable experience for fans of the franchise.
Remastered and Remake Versions of God of War Games
Several God of War games have been remastered and re-released for newer consoles with updated graphics and improved performance. These versions often include additional features, such as behind-the-scenes content or bonus gameplay modes.
Here are the God of War games that have been remastered:
- God of War Collection (2009, PlayStation 3)
- God of War: Origins Collection (2011, PlayStation 3)
- God of War III Remastered (2015, PlayStation 4)
The God of War Collection included remastered versions of the first two games in the series, which were originally released for the PlayStation 2. The Origins Collection included remastered versions of the two PSP games, Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta.
God of War III Remastered was a remastered version of the third game in the series, which was originally released for the PlayStation 3.
In addition to these remastered versions, the original God of War game was also remade for the PlayStation 4 in 2018. This version of the game includes updated graphics, gameplay mechanics, and a new Norse mythology setting. It has been widely praised as one of the best remakes in gaming history.
Future of the God of War Franchise
The future of the God of War franchise looks bright, with several new games and projects in development.
The latest game in the series, God of War: Ragnarok, was announced in 2020 and is set to release in 2022 for the PlayStation 5. This game will continue the story of Kratos and his son Atreus as they journey through Norse mythology.
In addition to Ragnarok, there is also a God of War mobile game in development, which is being developed by Santa Monica Studio in collaboration with mobile developer, Wildcard. The game is set to release in 2022 for iOS and Android.
Finally, Sony Pictures is developing a God of War movie, which will be directed by Cory Barlog, the creative director of the God of War games. The movie does not have a release date yet.
Overall, the future of the God of War franchise looks promising, with new games and projects in the works that are sure to excite fans of the series.