'God of War' PlayStation 4 Release Date, News & Update: Details on the RPG System, New Camera Angle & the 'Son Button'

By Olivia Cavallaro , Updated Jul 05, 2016 10:10 AM EDT
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The upcoming "God of War" for PlayStation 4 is basically a Father's Day treat. After unveiling a demo during this year's E3, Sony has shed more light on the upcoming reboot for "God of War," which will find Kratos in the battlefield along with his son.

The new "God of War" will have a button exclusively for Kratos' son, enabling players to control him and aid Kratos in his battles. The young warrior will also be able to aid in combat, exploration, puzzle-solving, and traversal.

"Game of War" will find Kratos and his son in a Norse setting, and according to the game developers, they wanted to further explore the relationship of the two as they journey on and fight battles along the way.

The "son button" is "one of the face buttons mapped directly to command the son in combat, to fire arrows at targets that Kratos has engaged with," Sony Santa Monica Gameplay Engineering Lead Jeet Shroff explained to Game Reactor. This enables the player to control not just Kratos, but also the youngster. According to the developers, the son will be playing an integral part in the combats.

Additionally, "Game of War" will feature a new camera angle which puts players right behind Kratos, offering them a view of the main protagonist's world. According to the developers, this new point of view not only benefits combat, but also gives a better, more intimate and personal perspective on how Kratos and his son's story is told.

Creative Director Cory Barlog admitted that in creating "God of War," they had to break down the original game and look at it with a new perspective to introduce fresh content, functionalities, and stories. In fact, the game will also include RPG systems, which Sony has to further elaborate on as the release date approaches.

Speaking of release date, Sony remains tight-lipped on the upcoming "Game of War" reboot but they did release a 10-minute demo gameplay during this year's E3, and claims that the game should be out not later than 2017.

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