God of War's Cory Barlog Shares His Opinion About Red Dead Redemption 2
In an interview with VentureBeat, Cory Barlog shared his opinion about Red Dead Redemption 2 and Rockstar Games.
As you might expect, the creative director of God of War has only fond words for the developers of one of the most amazing games in 2018.
In particular, he addressed the 'competitor' when it came to what he thought about still being remembered - in terms of awards - at the end of the year, even though his game has been released so early (it was April).
"Oh, yeah. I wanted to get into 2018 to get away from Red Dead. I was very clear with everybody. Red Dead is going to be amazing. And once Red Dead comes out, there’s a line of demarcation. Pre-Red Dead, post-Red Dead.
The way everyone is thinking about their games is going to be different. We just need to be away from that. We need our own time, so that way the Red Dead fervor is gone away. And then, of course, they moved. Great. Whatever, I’m embracing it."
Barlog added that even he, as a gamer, was almost forgetting about God of War once all the 2018 big releases were starting to hype up.
He mentioned Obra Dinn, Assassin's Creed, Red Dead, and Spider-Man among the others, as you can see from this quote.
"I didn’t realize how great of a year it was going to be for games. It is just incredible. So many. From the Obra Dinns up to the Assassin’s Creeds and the Red Deads, everyone’s hitting on all cylinders, making these games that are heartfelt and beautiful and so polished. I think whenever we got into the Spider-Man hype, which was about a week and a half after we released, I was like—yeah, I’m really excited about Spider-Man.
I don’t want to talk about God of War right now. I want to see what’s going on with Spider-Man. And then Assassin’s Creed was coming up, and then Tomb Raider, and then Red Dead. I just felt like—oh my gosh, even I’m forgetting about it. So yes, I was very worried that we would be forgotten."
The God of War creative director also plauded at how several studios out there simply start over with the development of a game once they notice it doesn't work.
Doing so, he mentioned Naughty Dog and Rockstar Games, which he says he has "so much respect for."
"That’s amazing. The Last of Us did the same thing. Naughty Dog is notorious, to be able to do that. If it’s not working, throw it out. It doesn’t matter if it’s complete.
You have to make it work. I have so much respect for what Rockstar does because they look at that. They take those leaps."
God of War was awarded the game of the year prize at The Game Awards 2018. Did you know Atreus wasn't always meant to be Kratos' biological son?