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SIE Santa Monica artist Samuel Matthews recently suggested that the in-development sequel could see Kratos begin to pass the torch to his son Atreus, in much the same way that The Last Of Us Part II saw the focus shift from the father figure of Joel to the younger Ellie. Hopefully there are no golf clubs involved this time.
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Appearing on The God Of War Podcast, Matthews discussed the parallels between 2013's The Last Of Us and 2018's God Of War. The latter's director, Cory Barlog, has mentioned previously that the dynamic between Joel and Ellie partly inspired the father-son relationship of Kratos and Atreus, after all. With The Last Of Us Part II deviating from that dynamic, the artist was asked if he believes God Of War: Ragnarok could go in a similar direction.
"There's just so much you could do with the character", Matthews replied, citing Atreus' bow and arrow as just one of the ways he would stand out from Kratos. He added that it'd be interesting to see Atreus and Kratos split up and head off in their own directions for certain sections of the story before coming back together.
Just because Matthews thinks it'd be cool doesn't mean it'll actually happen, of course, although it would be fairly surprising if the upcoming sequel didn't give us a little time as Kratos' son. God Of War set Atreus up as a handy fighter with a unique style all of his own, to an extent that it would be a genuine shame not to build on that and give players the chance to step into his shoes.
On top of that, without giving away too many spoilers, God Of War's ending definitely sets up Atreus' arc as arguably the most important one in this Nordic adventure of intrigue and myth. The "boi" is at the heart of everything going on in these new games. Having him as a playable character is a no-brainer, surely.
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