God of War Director Cory Barlog Wants His Next Game to be an Original IP
Cory Barlog has to be feeling pretty good right about now. God of War, which he toiled on as director for five years, is getting amazing reviews (including a perfect 10 from Wccf’s Kai Powell) and all signs point to the game being a big sales success. Wccf certainly wasn’t alone in handing God of War the big 10.
Ralph Panebianco of the YouTube channel Skill Up recently got to do a “carpool interview” with Cory Barlog, who described his reaction as the God of War raves rolled in.
"I have this ritual of being alone when the reviews go up. I [tried to do my own reaction video]. It was a weird, very emotional moment. More emotional than I expected to be honest. It caught me way off guard. I recorded about a 10-minute video, and I think about 8 minutes of that I was crying. I do feel like it was the completion of a very long, very difficult five years, and it was a little bit of vindication, I guess."
Interestingly, Panebianco was driving Barlog to visit Mad Max creator George Miller (Barlog worked on an early version of the 2015 Mad Max game). A Mad Max game directed by Barlog would probably be pretty darn amazing, but it’s unlikely to happen, as Barlog wants to work on an all-new IP next…
"I really would love to create something of my own next. Something that really, truly, 100 percent is coming from my original vision. That would be awesome. But we have to see if I can convince Sony on that one."
I certainly think Barlog has earned the chance to do his own thing. The two games he’s directed for Sony (he also did God of War II) have been amazing – imagine if he got to create something from the ground up? The only danger, is that he might completely destroy himself in the process.
What do you think? What kind of original game would you like to see from Barlog? Should he do another action game, or perhaps do something more story-heavy?
God of War is available now on PS4.