God of War was one of the best games of 2018, proving to be incredibly popular with players and receiving critical acclaim upon its release. Those who are interested in getting a behind the scenes look at exactly how the hit game was made or how much effort went into its development are in luck. A feature length documentary from Santa Monica Studio, the team behind the title, is now available on YouTube.
Released on the one year anniversary of God of War, Raising Kratos will take viewers through the journey that the studio took to adapt the series for modern audiences. Compiled from over 400 hours of footage and three years of development, Sony hopes it will provide fans will valuable insight into the work developers do.
“This is the first time PlayStation took a chance in telling a story about the people who created this work of art,” explains Sony’s game development head Scott Rohde. “The ultimate goal was to go beyond a ‘making of’ piece and dig deeper into the experiences of those who spend relentless time and effort into making something great.”
“All creative endeavors, especially those of this magnitude, require an incredible amount of dedication and focus that constantly toe the fine line that separates both success and failure. The hope is that once people see the experience of Santa Monica Studio unfold on the screen, they will recognise the undying passion for their work and the incredible respect they have for their craft.”
God of War saw numerous changes compared with previous instalments in the series. These ranged from Kratos using a brand new main weapon to a completely different camera system for gameplay. Of course, there was also the addition of Kratos’ son Atreus who can assist the player in certain situations. Although the studio saw these as risks they seemed to pay off spectacularly. God of War went on to win numerous awards, including numerous gongs at the Golden Joysticks.