God of War’s Progression System Shown, Customization is Key!

In the latest God of War trailer, Jason Mcdonald (Lead Gameplay Designer) and Cory Barlog (Creative Director) talk about the overhauled progression system in the game. The fans have more than just a new style of gameplay and location to be excited for, Kratos can now be customized to your liking!

We’re not just talking about changing his appearance, the customization you choose in the game will affect your style of gameplay. As with many Action RPG’s, the progression system lets you choose what style of weapon and gear your character can have in-game.

Depending on who or what your fighting, you may have to strategize and change your items on the fly if the enemy is a different class, dealing different damage.

Barlog and the team have stated that they took a good look at games like Dark Souls and thought it could work well in the God of War Saga. I think we can all agree that this is a change we didn’t know we needed but are glad it is happening.

In a recent Blog post, the team has also released some details on the difficulty and HUD options in the game. Below you will see all the difficulties that you can choose from and more info on a mode called “Immersive Mode”.


  • Give Me A Story: lets you experience the story without too much of a difficult gameplay challenge. You won’t be taking a gondola to the top of the highest peaks in all the Norse Realms, but you will have a far greater margin for error in enemy encounters.
  • Give Me A Balanced Experience: is the mode we’d recommend most players start with. The name says it all. We’ve tuned it to deliver a balanced, challenging playthrough.
  • Give Me A Challenge: is harder and less forgiving. It is recommended for players who find action games extremely intuitive, and for confident long-time God of War series veterans who’ve beat past games on harder difficulties.
  • Give Me God of War: is the sort of thing reserved for people who wrestle polar bears in their undies. Maybe not quite that, but it’s the most difficult mode in the game. We haven’t just made you weaker or enemies stronger; we’ve looked at enemy behaviors and placements in encounters as well, tweaking everything to make it as threatening as possible. Best of all, you cannot change difficulties once you start a game on this mode, so if you suddenly realize you’re in way over your head, you’ll have to start a new game. Don’t be sorry, be better?

Immersion Mode – Just The Necessary HUD elements

As Cory mentioned in interviews, we’ve included what we’re calling Immersion Mode. This will cut things down to just the minimal absolute necessary HUD elements. There’s no right or wrong way to play; you’ll certainly have a lot of helpful info close at hand if you’re playing with the HUD fully enabled. But for those fans who are sensitive to the HUD, or perhaps for folks who want to stream or capture and would prefer as little UI as possible, there you go. To enable Immersive UI, it’s as easy as going to the Settings menu, clicking HUD and switching HUD Mode to Immersive. Yes, that means you can toggle it on and off while you play!

After reading all of that I think we can all say that we cant wait for God of War to release on April 20th, 2018! Please check back near launch for my unboxing of the God of War Stone Mason Edition and my walkthrough!

From Santa Monica Studio and creative director, Cory Barlog comes a new beginning for one of gaming’s most recognizable icons. Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.

  • Bold New Beginning – His vengeance against the Gods of Olympus years behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the realm of Norse Gods and monsters. It is in this harsh, unforgiving world that he must fight to survive…And teach his son to do the same. This startling reimagining of God of War deconstructs the core elements that defined the series – satisfying combat; breathtaking scale; and a powerful narrative – and fuses them anew.
  • A Second Chance – Kratos is a father again. As mentor and protector to Atreus, a son determined to earn his respect, he is forced to deal with and control the rage that has long defined him while out in a very dangerous world with his son.
  • A Darker, More Elemental World – From the marble and columns of ornate Olympus to the gritty forests, mountains, and caves of Pre-Viking Norse lore, this is a distinctly new realm with its own pantheon of creatures, monsters, and gods. With an added emphasis on discovery and exploration, the world will draw players in to explore every inch of God of War’s breathtakingly threatening landscape – by far the largest in the franchise.
  • Vicious, Physical Combat – With an over the shoulder free camera that brings the player closer to the action than ever before, fights in God of War mirror the pantheon of Norse creatures Kratos will face: grand, gritty, and grueling. A new main weapon and new abilities retain the defining spirit of God of War while presenting a vision of violent conflict that forges new ground in the genre.

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