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Jun 17

God of War: A Father’s Day Tribute

Santa Monica Studio celebrates Father's Day with a limited-run poster series and personal reflections from staff members.

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“I know the truth isn’t simple, but nothing is when it involves your child”

– Freya

We hope that trailer leaves a lasting impact because today is Father’s Day, a day with a very special meaning to the new beginning of God of War. At its heart, this is a story of a father and his son on an incredible adventure and a deeply personal quest together. Therein lies a connection for all of us between their story and the ones all of us have shared with our fathers, or for anyone who is a parent to a child.

To celebrate Father’s Day, we commissioned a limited-run poster series to reflect on moments of adventure and lessons fathers and their children may have together, with a slight twist – how would Kratos and Atreus experience these moments in the Norse wildlands of God of War?

These five original posters were thoughtfully created by incredible artist Doaly. They are available now as a limited numbered print run of 75 each. Visit here to purchase; they’ll go fast!

God of War: Father's Day Posters

Finally, as we at Santa Monica Studio reflect on Father’s Day and its true personal meaning to us for God of War, members of our studio at large wanted to share some of their fondest moments with their dads, or even as dads themselves. Thank you for letting us share with you.

God of War: Kratos & Atreus

Recently my wife read a ‘Pettson and Findus’ bedtime story in Swedish to our son. He spent the whole time whispering, “Hey papa…” and then explaining to me what was happening in English. Turns out, he was only sharing the parts he liked so now I need to do some Google translating to find out how it really ends.

– Cory Barlog

When I was about 8 years old, a meteor shower was supposed to occur very early in the morning, around 2am. I was sad to miss it since I knew I couldn’t stay up that late. Despite being exhausted from work, my dad made sure to wake me up so we could watch it together, he knew I loved science and nature. It’ll forever be one of my cherished memories.

– Hanna Phipps

God of War: Kratos & Atreus

My dad writes funny little poems and limericks in all my birthday cards.

– Hannah Foell

My dad taught me how to drive a stick shift by making me learn on the biggest hill he could find. We never fought a dragon before but that hill felt like a huge beast and together we beat it!

– Christopher Lloyd

Me talking to my father (Victor Cepeda IV to Victor Cepeda III):
“I know how to do a fireball in Street Fighter and you don’t, so I know more than you.”
“Good, if you know more than me, it means my life has been successful.”

– Victor Cepeda

My dad flew over for a one month visit. I don’t get to see him as much anymore. When he arrived it struck me that he is an older man now, but the Moment he started talking, time was suspended. His heart and his smile are as young as when I was a boy. There are relationships and bonds that time never erodes, however far and apart we might be. I cherish every Moment we spend together as true friends. I hope he will be there for a long time.

– Stephane Gaudette

God of War: Kratos & Atreus

After over six years of trying to start a family—with all the struggle and heartbreak we endured—when my son’s adoption became final the flood of emotion that washed over me was not just a memorable moment, but one of the greatest days in my life, period.

The day my father took me to my first baseball game at Dodgers Stadium is seared into my memory. Stepping out from the concourse and seeing the bright green grass and how enormous everything looked… it was breathtaking. Last year, I got to share that same experience with my own son for the first time. The wonder in his eyes is something I’ll always remember.

– Matt Sophos

God of War: Father's Day

Perhaps following in daddy’s footsteps, my son Harrison (3) just designed his first board game: Super Oval. It is now one of his favorite ways to spend time together, though the rules seem to include more turns for him than anyone else, and only he seems to fully understand the win conditions. He let me win once, but has an otherwise undefeated Super Oval record.

– David Hewitt

God of War: Kratos & Atreus

My dad and I used to, once a year, do a long back-packing trip into the Sierra Nevada’s. We hike up Horse Creek Canyon trail and after several hours descend down deep into the canyons to a secret camp site my uncles made some years ago. We spent the next day’s traversing the creek, jumping from rock to rock, and fishing. The last year that we made the trip, my dad and I had decided to go very far down stream and we ended at a massive waterfall. Alas, there was no way to climb down the 30 feet to continue our trek. So, we decided to sit on a rock cliff that was to the side of the waterfall and enjoy the vista and the sound of rushing water in silence. It was magical.

– Jeffrey Price

As a father, there are so many priceless Moments you build with your children – their first steps, first words, the first time you play video games together. Before I was in games, I was a professional musician, so for me, the most memorable Moments have been watching my kids perform. Each time they do, I have to choke back tears of pride and joy.

– Dave Thach

Though I did not get to interact with my father a lot, he nurtured my love of art, monsters, and games from a young age. Bringing home all the scrap paper he could find, along with pens from the factory he worked at. He spent all he had to get us a computer, and told us this was the future and to learn it. The sacrifices he made in life pushed me forward to where I am today.

My step dad was a force in art in another way. Introducing me to fantasy, DnD and design, and helping to push my imagination to new heights. He stepped into my life and helped to create a stable place to foster imagination and stability. He also helped support me through college to realize my dreams when my mom passed.

God of War: Kratos & Atreus

I owe everything to my father, stepfather and my friends for where I am now.

– Stephen Oakley

When my wife saw our God of War trailer for the first time and Kratos said to Atreus “Do not be sorry, be better” She immediately thought of me saying the same thing to my own daughter.

– Anoop Shekar

My father – our strong moments often pass silently; meeting eyes, an arm around shoulders, gazing out together at something and just being present. Our bond is loudest when quiet.

God of War: Kratos & Atreus

My son – when you were born and first opened your eyes and looked at me, I said softly that my entire life could be just for you. I have always wanted to be a great Father, and I hope that through your life – I will have been worthy of you.

– Cliff Schonewill

God of War: Father's Day

Since I have been living in the USA, I don’t get to see my dad as much these days. A while ago we had a chance to reconnect by climbing Mt Kilimanjaro! If God of War and my dad have taught me anything, it’s that all fathers and sons should climb a mountain together, at least once!

– Rob Davis

My dad stayed home with me when I had the chicken pox in 4th grade and we played through Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest together. My dad would talk through the puzzles with me to show how to use my brain to solve problems, and I admired him for being super cool and smart!

– Erica Pinto

God of War: Kratos & Atreus

During E3 many years ago I was feverishly following all the news when my dad invited me to go fishing with him for the first time. While I was reluctant to pull myself away we spent the whole day on the water and now every time E3 comes back around long before I think of new games and announcements I think of the Chesapeake Bay.

– Samuel Handrick

God of War: Father's Day

Catching a foul ball with my boys and dad at Dodger Stadium (aka Blue Heaven)! Good times.

– Guy Silliman

I made plans to go camping in June with some old friends when one of them reminded us that the weekend we agreed upon was Father’s Day weekend. My immediate thought was “Aw, who cares? My dad has passed.” Then I remembered my 14 month old baby and it struck me: “Wait…I am Dad.”

– Bryce Mercado

I became a father near the end of this project, and it was such an emotional feeling that washed over me the moment I saw my daughter enter this world. Something I never felt before but knew from years of the love my parents had given me, I was now going to give to her. And in those late nights rocking her to sleep, she looking up at me with her smile holding my beard and I’m looking at her knowing I will go to the tallest peak in any realm to make her happy.

– Ruben Morales

God of War: Kratos & Atreus

I remember long play sessions bossing my dad around in Final Fantasy 7 “guiding” him through the game. I was probably a terrible guide as I was barely able to comprehend the text and follow along, but I give 100% credit to that experience for sparking my passion to play games, and guiding me to a career that is more fulfilling than I could have imagined making them. I have my dad to thank for the path my life is taking.

– Melissa Smith

Playing checkers – and later, chess – with my dad. He would never let me win; it made me earn that first king.

– Sean Feeley

Usually, my dad is super stoic and tired after working long hours everyday to provide for the family. However, after my high school graduation and walking over to my family, my dad not only shook my hand (as he usually does) but gave me a big hug with his tears in his eyes – definitely becoming one of the most memorable moments with my father to this day.

– John Wie

My son was born during the development of God of War. He’s 2 ½ now. When he was 7 months old, one morning I was doing push-ups next to him while he was on his belly in army-crawler mode. All the sudden he pops up on all fours to copy me and we did 2 push-ups together. I couldn’t believe he was trying to show me his strength and determination like that, already, I’ll never forget it.

– Aaron Kaufman

God of War: Kratos & Atreus

After wrapping on God of War, we set out on our own epic road trip adventure with our two sons (2yr and 4yr). After several days on the road, my still-in-diapers two year old realized we would stop each time his older brother needed to use the restroom. He responded by self-potty-training and requesting we stop every 30 minutes. While it lengthened our journey considerably, I was so proud of my son for discovering and “gaming” his first system.

– Mark Webster

God of War: Father's Day

When I started on this project I didn’t have any kids and didn’t quite get the father / son relationship between Kratos and Atreus. Fast forward a few years to the second E3 showing, I was home, and my Son was watching the trailer and was completely absorbed. I understood Cory’s vision then.

– James Sweeney

God of War: Father's Day

This is a birthday card one of my Sons gave to me. They crack me up

– Erik Jakobsen

God of War: Kratos & Atreus

Add Your Own

cdax_attack said:

June 17th, 9:57 am

this was great to read.

Today is kind of a rough day for me. My dad passed away last November and the grief hits me at different times in different ways. Seeing all these different ways that dads have shown love or been shown love is really moving.

Thank you.

    senesi said:

    June 17th, 10:21 am

    Hey, cdax_attack I’m so sorry to hear that.

    Thank you for being open, honest, and sharing where you’re at.

    I really hope you continue to process your grief well, and remember happy memories of your father today. I believe he is smiling down at you from heaven. I am here if you ever just need someone to listen or talk to.

    KwietStorm said:

    June 17th, 2:56 pm

    In 2 weeks it will be a year since my father passed. I would never tell you how to grieve, but I’m sure your father would want you to appreciate your time here and to keep your head up moving forward. Peace.

YaroHoff said:

June 17th, 12:15 pm

Wow. This was an unbelievable article and the personla accounts were emotionally moving. I’m literally sitting in a library parking lot attempting to go in and study but im in tears because thus article has captured that powerful bond and connection between a father and son that God of War has amazingly displayed. I have three sons and want to day to thr makers of the game and the writers of this article, THANK YOU. Fathers are often forgotten, society has made it popular to attack men so it feels good to have a safe haven on this Father’s Day.

ASAPTOBES said:

June 17th, 12:18 pm

Wanted to order this for my 3 year old Son who’s disabled. The print of Kratos and Atreyus facing the mountain holds great significance as my son will face a lot of challenges in his life and I will be there to support him through thick and thin. However, the shipping cost to the EU apparently is $49 which is more than the print itself so I will pass.

Heavenly_king said:

June 17th, 2:43 pm

Happy Father’s Day
GOW IS AWESOME!!!!

spadesrus78 said:

June 17th, 3:01 pm

It is nice to see fathers being acknowledged instead of viewed in a negative light! Thank You, I have 3 awesome sons and love the rewarding journey of being their dad as their mother is not very involved with them unfortunately. This God of War is the best I have ever played by far and seeing how Kratos responds to his son is moving. Thank You game developers.

honismo said:

June 17th, 3:59 pm

I come here to talk to the person who organized the Showcase at E3 2018, watch the PlayStation conference at E3 2015 and 2016, now watch the Showcase 2018, if that person is a gamer got very angry, E3 is to impress and show everything, is not to gardar game and have to explain later why did a Showcase, if had to explain did not work very well, is not it, The games shown are spectacular, but have to go in a frenzied and exciting rhythm, I will always charge even if we do not need to, I’ll see you on PSX with a CONFERENCE without much conversation, combined PlayStation team.

mcan50 said:

June 17th, 7:15 pm

As a 45 year old lifelong gamer and Dad of a 10 year old daughter, I can’t tell you how much this means. Even though Brok dropped quite a few f-bombs, my daughter sat right with me and watched me play this entire game. We shared many tears together on the journey and many more moments standing up and cheering as well. Thank you for giving me the greatest gaming experience of my entire life. Bravo Santa Monica Studios, bravo.

texasjmd said:

June 18th, 6:16 am

My wife was watching the trailer with me. She thought it was a movie. We both thought the story was awesome. I want to get the game now.

God-Of-Lyf said:

June 18th, 8:54 am

My Father used to spend all his free time getting drunk and taking turns beating either my Mother or me. Im sure he worked, but many times I remember getting the electric shut off and sleeping in the cold. At night when it got dark out I could play with my friends outside. If I was late getting home he locked me out of the house for the night. One time he wanted me to go fishing with him and seeing finally that I wasnt going to go, he fixed all my toys with a sledgehammer and pipe wrench. RIP boombox :( This one time he brought his girlfriend over to visit which was cool but Mom didnt like her much. The times we owned a car if we went somewhere we couldnt make a sound at all. If I was caught humming a song that was playing on the radio, he showed me how much he loved me with the back of his hand. He lied for years that he served in the Marines but spent most of his adult life in jail. He left us not soon enough about 10 years ago, and I make it a point to visit his grave (with a full bladder) at least once a year. Ahhh good times filled with so many good memories.

    Skeetlejuice said:

    June 18th, 4:14 pm

    God-of-lyf

    Your vitriol does not belong here it is unwanted and vulgar and disrespects the spirit of Father’s Day not only to our own fathers and grandfathers but to ourselves as both prospective or current fathers.

    The disrespect to the developers showing their stories of love and respect is palpable and to the rare brilliant game itself that has a central theme of family and father and son, Themes of redemption and wanting his son to be better and have an easier journey in life than his own. These themes, promised even of Cory Barlog and the team is part of why I preordered when it was first revealed, and 100% platinumed the game over the month of release. My 5 year old son demanded to watch and play, and while I restricted him to only some viewing and playing he understood just as well as I did the magic of the game and the father and son adventure together.

    Many have hard memories of either absent or abusive fathers or stepfathers but the spirit of Father’s Day is to show love and respect for what you have, grandfathers and sons, daughters and ultimately yourself.

    Your hate doesn’t belong.

    To being better as fathers and sons. Thank you Sony for this game.

nov_17th said:

June 18th, 8:55 am

Good stuff. Yeah single player.

    Welmosca said:

    June 18th, 11:36 pm

    Agree 100%.

Welmosca said:

June 18th, 11:43 pm

Nice one Santa Monica but boy is that trailer filled with spoilers.Oh well nice post,it’s really cool to see y’all using GoW for father’s day.And the game itself is fantastic…surpassed all ma expectations and surprised me big time,I’m very close to achieve 100% on it and it feels sad,pretty much like all long journey with a truly amazing game when it comes to an end.I was a bit in doubt about this new GoW but always kept ma faith cuz y’all are the best devs in the world along with ND.

Can’t understand the people saying they cried though.While the story was great and well written specially in the dialogue part it wasn’t much emotional driven.

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