Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Jim Ryan is said to have announced the “God of War” series on Prime Video. The action-adventure franchise, which was created by David Jaffe, follows Spartan warrior Kratos on his quest for vengeance against numerous Greek gods after the original god of war, Ares, tricked him into killing his family. Kratos eventually becomes the new god of war after murdering the Greek gods.
The God of War video game franchise features eight installments, including the original trilogy, the 2013 prequel God of War: Ascension, the mid-series entries Chains of Olympus, Ghost of Sparta, and Betrayal, and a 2018 resurrection that takes place in a Norse setting. The majority of the games have gotten positive reviews from critics and gamers alike, with the God of War games from 2005 and 2018 earning several Game of the Year awards upon their first releases. The God of War franchise is gearing ready to make its way to a new media, as the sequel “God of War: Ragnarok” continues to enjoy its new life in the Norse era.
Sony Pictures conducted an investor briefing to discuss its future plans as the second financial quarter came to a close. During the presentation, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan apparently announced (through a Resetera user) that a God of War series for Prime Video is in the works. Ryan is also said to have unveiled a Horizon series for Netflix and a Gran Turismo series for an unnamed platform.
Various attempts to adapt “God of War” for the cinema have been made over the years, with a film originally commencing development in 2005 at Universal Studios. After seven years in development hell, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan of The Collector were engaged to adapt the game for a film in 2012, turning in a script shortly after and requesting a massive budget of $150 million, though the project was subsequently canceled. The Expanse creators Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, as well as The Wheel of Time showrunner Rafe Judkins, were tied to the God of War project, which was first reported to be in negotiations between Sony and Prime Video in March.
With only a few months under its belt, it’s fair that Ryan didn’t reveal any additional details about the “God of War” series at Prime Video, but the confirmation of its continued development should excite fans of the video game genre. The show’s development comes as PlayStation Productions ramps up its development slate following the success of the Uncharted film, with feature adaptations of Ghost of Tsushima and Jak and Daxter in the works, as well as series adaptations of Twisted Metal, Gran Turismo, and The Last of Us at HBO. Only time will tell what more adaptations gamers can expect to see on their screens in the future, with a massive library of SIE yet to be explored.