Now that God of War’s Norse saga has come to an end with Ragnarok, speculation turns to what realm Kratos might dive into next. There are plenty of obvious choices for a new pantheon of gods to explore, the most common of which is Ancient Egypt, though some bring up the idea of a Mayan game or explore ancient Chinese deities.
Forget that. I want something brave and daring. I want Kratos and God of War to delve into Christianity.
Once it became clear that Kratos murdered all the Greek gods and was on his way to Norse mythology to do the same, it became a meme that one day we would have Kratos fighting Jesus Christ himself as he made his way through all possible deities.
But even if that’s a meme, what I’m proposing here is not a joke, and I don’t think it’s entirely impossible, given how the show has transformed. I think it would be a much, much more interesting concept for a game to explore Christianity as the next “pantheon,” which isn’t as crazy an idea as you might think.
Christianity has only three gods, who are really one God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit who all exist as parts of the Trinity. And yet the Bible is full of countless other entities, Lucifer/Satan of course, but archangels and demons, monstrous saints and kings, apocalyptic horsemen and sea dragons, which you might see embedded in a story on Kratos fighting his way through heaven and hell.
What has become clear throughout this Norse saga is that Kratos isn’t necessarily the godslayer he once was anymore. (Spoilers follow for Ragnarok’s ending), he reluctantly kills Heimdall because he absolutely must, and while he fights Thor and Odin, he doesn’t kill them (Odin kills Thor, Sindri kills Odin), and he learned to make peace with the elders pious enemies (Freya) rather than killing them to prevent them from killing him first. Thus, a game involving the Christian god would not necessarily be need a fight with Jesus H. Christ himself. It could be much more nuanced than that.
Christian “mythology” has already been the subject of many games. The Diablo series has been using angels and demons for ages, even though God and Jesus are nowhere to be found. Dante’s Inferno was essentially a God of War clone using the Seven Circles of Hell as inspiration for enemy encounters. So yeah there would probably be a way Kratos could exist in the Christian sphere without dealing directly with the Holy Trinity but it’s such a complex scenario I kind of hope they don’t shy away from that .
Would they ever do that? It seems very, very unlikely that they would delve into a religion with a billion or two followers worldwide, even if they don’t do anything specifically blasphemous. But I think it would be a much more interesting challenge to take on a modern religion that still exists rather than all those ancient religions, even though it seems extremely likely that we’ll have a showdown between Kratos and Osiris in five years, or whatever that is.
I think there’s a way to do this without it being a real attack on Christianity, but rather by exploring its themes (hell, Kratos trying to find forgiveness for his past is a major theme of the whole series). There are enough savage angels and demons in the Bible and adjacent texts to create fantastic storylines for Kratos to fight against, while also dealing with the larger issues of the series and the character at its heart. It’s not impossible to imagine something like this working, even if it’s impossible to imagine it being lit in the first place.
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