God of War 2018 director Corey Barlog has announced that he will not be returning to film the PlayStation 5 sequel, God of War Ragnarök.
Instead, series veteran Eric Williams will be directing the new game. Williams joined Sony Santa Monica in 2004 and has worked on every God of War game as a designer, with a focus on combat.
In a stream following Thursday’s PlayStation Showcase, Barlog and Williams said that Sony Santa Monica’s change of director is usually a tradition and that the change of director will bring a new perspective on Ragnarok.
Williams explained, “Here in Santa Monica, it has always been a tradition to change directors in games. We have really good success with this. Corey is the only re-director and rightfully so: he is damn good at what he does. “
Barlog added: “It’s important for us to be able to look differently every time, but also a fresh pair of legs in the sense that you are really tired at the end of one of these cases. So you have to convince someone to do it. “
Corey Barlog directed 2007 God of War 2 and 2018’s acclaimed PS4 game. He has also contributed to the plot and art for most of the works since the 2005 original.
Asked what he would do instead of Ragnarok, Barlog, creative director at Sony Santa Monica, said it was too early to talk about it.
“We actually do a bunch of things … it’s really exciting. Everything we do and you want to know what it is, but I really don’t have anything to talk about right now, mainly because we are really focused on God of War Ragnarok. “
God of War Ragnarok is a direct sequel to 2018’s God of War, bringing Kratos and his son Atreus back. The game takes place several years after the events of the last game, when the icy wind of Fimbulwinter reached Midgard.
Ragnarok will be released in 2022 on both PS4 and PS5. Sony released the first look at God of War Ragnarök’s gameplay on Thursday.