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hmm what do I want to say with this story yeah what do you want to say with this story what do you think what do you what do you think about this story I think running away is what I want to say with this you know that change is possible [Music] me man I can see it in everybody's eyes that they were slight and then everyone's still treating it like hmm you know what we'll just see and I'm like no like my mind again if I see what you guys are telling me I'm not gonna let myself believe that they know the gods of Olympus have abandoned [Music] God war revolutionized the gaming industry with its epic storytelling jaw-dropping action sequences not to mention a quick and brutal lesson on Greek mythology [Music] we're talking about one of the most iconic characters in the history of videogames yeah it's it's it's an ass kick again it is so I don't know how many what the demographic is of women that play these games as opposed to men I'm guessing that the ratio is probably like 9 to 1 [Applause] what exactly does a game director do pure carnage from start definitive very early on he or she has to be able to play the game from beginning to end in their head people doing people around and like you get that sense of empowerment you know like nothing can stop you especially on the first god of war when nobody with the exception of a couple of us had any idea what it was so to me I thought a war game is about the action it's about the rage I was a god in the beginning and then I was put down and then I came back destroyed everybody on God of War - he expanded the story of Kratos deepening the saga and turning it into a legend please welcome kori Varla a lot of the time we have no clue what we're talking about I mean there are a lot of leaps that you make in this job where you're like all right look I kind of know what I want but sometimes you're discovering as you go so how did you guys become game directors I pledged an oath in blood God were one about a guy who puts everything aside for work and he loses his wife and he loses his kid pain is all I have left few games embody the definition of epic quite like God of War so it's disappointing that the release of ascension brings with it a whiff of a series that's treading water rather than so I guess killing people sauce problems is not really [Music] [Music] [Music] where am I sitting no no Cory with an e is sitting here Cory without an e is the sitting at this table oh that is embarrassing that is embarrassing I am an 80s television star but that's alright we'll let this one slide maybe [Music] for me this was a very long journey we were in in a tough time within the studio and there was a lot of emphasis that we as a team we're putting on rebooting this franchise and what does that mean and there's a lot of risk just in that one sort of concept reboot is as Cory and you guys know it's not as easy as it sounds okay first position playback action and then cut reset we will do our thing and then go back into first position playback action does anybody want to write that down for me because I feel like I'm gonna mess it up before he came back to the studio I could tell he was a completely different person he had gotten married was a father and he was telling a completely different story just you know as Corey Barr log Shannon where did she get this wonderful lon turtle yeah you still haven't cracked the mystery of nobody nobody's came out do you know what that means appearance of a turtle in your garden something interesting when I came back to Salem oh my god we were we were trying to figure out what we wanted to do I know that what we wanted to do was not going to just be make another god Morgan knowing that we knew that same old Kratos rage-filled crazy guy was not gonna work and I kind of started thinking about this idea that if craters ever got a second chance you know this idea of like when I have a kid I felt like my perspective on everything changed Hey all right come on we'll go over here can you say action Oh see he's learning [Music] success means the world to Santa Monica studio I mean this is something that hold on my is buzzing yeah [Laughter] it was Shannon's idea to go find Cory again and bring him back as one of the original vision holders of the whole world that was God of War and give him time to really try to come up with how do we reinvent this franchise how can we just make it not just bigger and better and the same but bigger and better and different after ascension they did this thing to check well how the audience felt about God of War right the overwhelming vibe was that they were done with Kratos you know Kratos either needs to go away or needed a fresh first day back was at Penn Station in Santa Monica everybody was doing prototypes they were doing concept art and they had kind of a pitch for internal seventh the other game I was very excited partly because I had gotten got over 1 2 & 3 so I was ready for something new I was very excited that it was it was gonna be futuristic they're gonna have guns we're gonna do something completely different internal seven they were in pre-production for probably close to thirty six months shortly after that period they needed to inherit the ascension team and really put the pedal to the metal this is yeah the first time was getting everybody up there while they were still working on the other project and I think it was a lot of people were wondering what we were doing cuz it was a small team and it was just high vision like what are we gonna do really kind of just throwing a bunch of stuff at the board leadership had made some decisions around the growth of the studio and and how we would remain competitive and one of those decisions was turning ourselves into what we called a 1.5 team and that would mean that you would have to larger IP development going on within the roof of Santa Monica studio and those teams would share resources back and forth and the theme of the day is trying to keep quiet during the tour lots of lots of reverb in there will be along this wall over on this side we're gonna have the focus pest room right over here incubation team we just walk through these new incubation area your full-fledged recording studio setup [Music] vo a like you did a boardroom or meetings as you're winding you can look over the railing it's a really different perspective [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] thank you guys all for coming I think this is a crazy great opportunity I'm sure all you guys are totally overwhelmed like I am with how incredibly large this place is but I think it just shows that Sony has a really deep commitment to Santa Monica studios and you want this place to grow I want you guys to be someplace special opportunities like this don't vary to be here today in our new with the TV future of Sonny's now Monica Cheers [Music] [Applause] [Music] you want me to talk about what it would be like if it failed because it's part of the business you know what is part of the business and you know I if if any franchise were to fail on you know on an epic scale like just not deliver at all of course there'd be ramifications [Music] came in here with IGN news layoffs unfortunately hit Sony Santa Monica studio today the Sony owned exclusive developer found him in 1999 is best known for its God of War Games the extent of the damage remains unclear though there are indications that one of the projects the studio was working on has been cancelled alongside this round of layoffs Sony ins provided the following statement to IGN SCE a can confirm that we have completed a reduction in work force at Santa Monica studio you know I think it and it ended up being a dream that died literally in that moment it's one of the hardest things you'll ever do in development is when you sink your heart and soul into something and you realize it's not coming together the way we wanted it to we need to shift gears and restart that was kind of the abyss for that team so that was I was pretty devastating in many ways you know one of the many big appeals coming here was to work on a new IP on a small team so I actually joined that in 17 when it was about 20 people so that was a very very difficult time for me so yeah the four of us we kind of had our heads down we were just like okay we had a timeline and that timeline felt pretty good that other game was going we were kind of like okay cool we'll kind of trail them draft no one we can get people on and then when things were not working out and kind of the big sort of halt happened on the project we had to suddenly say we're about to get 110 people I had to figure out how to keep them busy and to figure out now beyond just the concept of the game but how are we gonna what's new pipeline what's the engine it was in a dire position right cuz you're in that state where you don't have anything to keep people busy but we were in no way ready for a hundred ten or hundred twenty people that we inherited we were just trying to like basically do mental push ups to be ready for the team and then all of a sudden I just got delivered on our doorstep about eight to nine months early and it was like whoa what are we gonna do now there's a scrambling you know and then there's a lot of mistrust right out of the gate because we're like what you guys been doing over here you don't know what game we're making and we're late you guys were like early it was very difficult but we had to push on you know and I think we had to find the positivity out of it and figure out how we can kind of collect everybody again I think for me it was just that again perseverance of coming in here and putting one foot in front of the next to make sure that tomorrow is a good day for everyone foundation of the building on that we are in a reset phase with the new studio this probably won't make the final cut but I like this location I prefer this the new this you know this will all be lovely but this is I'm fond of this place it's pretty been sweet it's it's sad in some ways to be leaving the studio you know it's such a great place where so many great games are made this very open collaborative space we realize we couldn't keep it throughout the whole building and have that same feel so moving makes sense it feels like a new chapter we're making it you know and you stall a game it's gonna be a good symbolic break and a new beginning new generation new facility new logo all coming together here now and it starts the future of the business that we so love [Music] [Music] the business is growing and we feel face-to-face communication and dialogue is really critical to our collaborative nature well I mean definitely we'll miss some things about the old building moving through a lot there but I think this is a I feel reenergize you know to be honest I feel like you know I just feel pumped up for whatever it's gonna be next the inspiration is definitely in the building now I mean we have to step up and make something fantastic because we're in a fantastic place for me I wasn't coming to work at Sonia was coming to work on that franchise I played God of War three I was so excited about it I just wanted to be part of that you know if you're making a fighting game or a sports game you build a team around what you need and we had a team of people who love God whore and a team of people who want to build that kind of game [Music] [Music] you know honestly for me I totally thought that we had to throw it all out and we had to find a new hook for this game something that could anchor everything that we were doing but something that could also show that there's some change and I'm not as creative as I would love to believe so I always just pulled things directly for my life so I thought it was a totally clever idea to have Kratos be a dad and try to actually be a dad rather than use it as like a cutaway cinematic to describe whatever past he had it is such a departure for Kratos when the first thing you talk about is him being a dad right and his previous experience with being a dad was you know murdering his family and that definitely gives people pause I think the remainder or the rest of the studio the rest of the team we had really worked together this core group of like 11 people to find the best sort of version of what we were talking about [Music] initially it wasn't gonna be his kid I think the first pitch I gave him was that we wouldn't even know what was happening so it was like Kratos walking through the desert because we were in my mind still doing Egypt initially we was sand blowing all over the place is he's kind of crawling through and then kind of stands up it crests over a dune and checks out this really fantastic like this ancient city and then he kind of turned around and then says all right follow me and then we kind of reveal that there's a kid there hmm we have a long journey ahead I think it was very little it just at least got the spark and then that was the way you know you should do this we just try this we should do this [Music] I was all in on some of it but the Sun thing like not at first definitely not at first just mainly because like from my perspective it's like I'm trying to think of like combat well we can do next and then I see this tiny kid running around Kratos I'm like my god it's like he's gonna always gonna do is slow him down I was gonna do is make things hard and and nobody wants that in the game you ready here first knife get in combat hmm probably do some extra call myself I think you're also gonna jump off a box into Jon's arms so we're we just need you to do a backflip can you do that yes really I'm really kidding you can do it back Wow when I first did the audition I thought it was a movie cuz it was just like some dialogue right there and I was like okay just like a movie and I we just did like a fire scene or something like that which I barely remember um no we didn't do history today yeah basically when we actually present the game to the executives this screen will be sitting on the television it'll just be a your face sitting at the fire looping and I'll be talking to them and then when we actually started the game I'll press a button and that's when you'll hear your dad call you so press the button it'll be like boy so it'd be kind of cool and then I get the roll and then I go to like San Diego or something like that and then all of that and I'm like wait what and it's like a game it's got a war and I'm like what and I'm like super excited but I was like really confused and it was just a bunch of emotions going through me doesn't go on Facebook or the what are you guys yes you're just gonna that's that's how you do it okay right into the belly yeah yeah yeah I actually did that yesterday where I'm supposed to get really mad at Kratos good yeah it's grim really love it's really funny okay so blue boy for so remember you just kill that thing it's not alive anymore if it's got kids they're all alone so think through that it sucks I know right use that use that okay I can't quite the vision for getting that kind of narrative tone no camera cuts like getting all that stuff up and running as especially as well with like a buddy AI with the son and having him lead the way properly having him kind of move correctly and you know I mean the vision was so clear but it was also pretty ambitious and at that time we had we didn't really have a lot of that working it was bad this is the mess right it was like 12 different ideas you know all at once it was too much and nobody was really sort of giving an inch okay well now what does that mean well that means you go back to the drawing table and you do it again and you know we've had even I think a shoe visit a little while ago at March where second he left the room I was like that was not good there was something that I you know in his facial expression that is telling us there's there's an issue here and then you know Shannon calls a little while later say she had some notes he was not happy but I don't think I read exactly how unhappy he was I was not very perceptive on that one and it was Carlo who ran into him and Shuhei starts telling him I was horrified horrified how bad it was I think the team you know rightfully so gets nervous when they hear like Oh shoes play through you know was not all positive right and people start saying well what does this mean what does this mean it means we got a we got to solve this problem right like we do every single day and like this is a really big guy Sony and he did not have a very good experience and I still was under the impression it was not a very good experience not horrified horrified how bad it was I think that he probably walked out in that room that first time going like what the hell did we do we just gave this guy a lot of money to make this game did we make a mistake runner run far away from me but you have changed you're not a monster the hunt for creatures was very difficult we were probably a month away from giving up we were like that close where everybody started having this pull me a side conversation and you start thinking about the reality of this like maybe this is not gonna happen maybe you're not gonna find the perfect person my agent called and and I wasn't really sold on auditioning for it I know it sounds silly now she's like look just read it just just read the sides and I read the sides mm-hmm and I called my agent back and I said I thought you said this was a video game you have seeing what I am and when you lose control and the rage takes you that is me in your blood eating away at any goodness your mother may have passed on to you it was literally like the test you do for a TV series or movie you have changed you're not a monster that is exactly and it just I couldn't wrap my head around how this would be in a video game come on slowpoke this is not me leading right for the gecko you can see him and Sonny had a really good chemistry and you know he's huge [Music] ultra violence in sexism mascot war why are we doing that right people will say kratos can't grow he's just this like antihero who just kills things and bathes in their blood and I'm like you need to see a therapist but I think it was it was a necessity [Music] [Music] if I had my own instrument it's probably it's probably the accordion cuz it's weird and most people think it's lame but I think it's cool I remember meeting Corey and he told me this the story of the game I think we were there for like an hour an hour and a half and I felt like I was sitting around a campfire like I wanted to just like roast marshmallows and just like and then what happened it's the story that draws me musically that's where I get ideas and I realize like this game has a really well thought out story and character arc and I just thought I have to be involved in this what is God war he's greatest the mascot or his Greek mythology the mascot I was talking to several people from the European marketing groups because I think what they saw is like oh you're just gonna make another god of war with hangry Kratos right and they're like that's just not a good idea and I I talked about you know potentially exploring other mythologies and one of the guys had said you know I just don't understand how that would work you know what is crazy is gonna pop on a backpack and just walk to Scandinavia you know that just seems weird and I was like oh right at that time I realized like I was like oh well he doesn't have a backpack but yeah and oh okay well there we go so they're gonna go out in the beginning of the game and fulfill the sort of dying wish of the mother the mother wanted her ashes she wanted to be burned and her ashes to be spread on the highest peak and all the realms so that's kind of the driving force throughout the entire story is that they are taking her ashes and heading to the highest peak the overall scene of this is that the kid is gonna teach kratos how to be a human kratos is gonna teach the kid how to be a god right each of them has a piece of them missing and they kind of helped each other out on this buddy roadtrip movie we are in the middle of nowhere right now and we hear a hissing there's the culprit so another adventure yeah that was it was interesting a cross-section of people too because it was we sent programmers artists Shannon I think went as well this is this is serious I'm documenting you the soundtrack well we made it to a New York so far we're halfway there you can see the people were much smaller back then Luke would have been a giant compared them that's the way we dress when going to Reykjavik smart I'm gonna get run over [Music] so we're still here the tires won't come off so we called the farmer yeah this is where we live now just come find us there's so much life that's happening around you and you can feel it almost then in the terrain there is a number of really special moments there for me because of how magical the landscape is in the way that it just captures your soul [Music] as I was looking around that the beauty of Iceland for the first time it really hit me that the path that we were on was the right path I could see the game for the first time truly in my heart [Music] [Music] [Music] jost company are the Icelandic language today is the closest language to Old Norse what that means is acquire in Iceland would be able to read a phonetic spelling of Old Norse and do it correctly so immediately all eyes were on Iceland is a possible place to do choir [Music] [Music] I thought I was auditioning for Game of Thrones I'm gonna be honest I was pulling on a major Lady Stark moment with my monologue and I was like this is my moment it felt like a beautiful cinematic piece about father and son and mother and longing and relationships and with these gods and goddesses and it was really exciting so they're going to meet Freya in a meet-cute really she is going to give them a little bit more information on the world help guide them to where they need to go but also kind of start to create this relationship with both Kratos and the son that we kind of build throughout the entire game she will send him off towards the mountain and you get attacked like right away she's totally not trying to screw you over and just sending you into a really bad place it's just it's a very hostile world that you're in [Music] if the gunfire is very exciting it's all part of the experience so what we may not end up doing some of these exact things I think it's cool to kind of get the imagine a little bit of what it was like to live like a creepy camera guy whatever you do you have to make sure you get into it and then still close it up make sure you know makers things that can fall and kill you [Music] [Applause] all right so I will call playback okay holy crap this is exciting this is our first day really now do not make me pull this volume over I often make bad decisions to get myself in trouble so it'll be perfect I'll be like look what did you expect yeah I see it's all around TV action alright it's a big influencing factor and I think as I was growing up in the earlier games the family was sort of the individual extended family my family lived farther away from me so I was a lot more separated from them so the work family became the entire family now I have them intermixing like I had my daughter during production and just the the willingness to work around my schedule of having a newborn and you know I had to take maternity leave in the middle of production and I know so I came back I have two daughters and four-year-old and six-year-old hi Sophia hi Odie BIA I'm expecting yes LLL ring he'll ring over there and then it's gonna be on the TV yes teeth even in the earlier games that's how I kind of rooted myself in the first story was writing the first few drafts with my dad and kind of finding the struggle of Kratos and Zeus the sort of father-son story but this father-son stories told from a different angle the son becoming the father so I am a little OCD so I'm going to take some of this oh you like that okay good oh that's fantastic I don't know why I'm taking a little bit of this not certain what I'm gonna do with it yet farting is allowed in the volume right [Laughter] if you need to fart go next door [Music] we are going to hear only one baby hold on one second everyone sorry I was playing around with just this melody and at the last minute I was like it's so simple that I almost wrote it by accident it was the last thing I did in sketching that theme but I mean I've come to really love it and it's I think it's simplicity is what makes it so powerful and it represents Kratos he's a man of few words his theme should be a theme a few notes [Music] crannis isn't the most verbal guy it's not that he's not intelligent because he was a general he was very intelligent but he's very efficient with what he says and and when he feels like something needs to be said and so create us it's like when a grunt can do that's that's kind of his wheelhouse because he can convey a lot of emotion from kind of what is this one again III is a big opportunity for media to get a glimpse into what's going on with the various software as well as hardware it's bigger than Oscar night I mean it's huge it's a chance where you you get all these you get all developers you get all studios everyone stuff I drove around for an hour looking for a parking space I forgotten how fantastic III is I'm looking forward to seeing people's responses back to this thing right now I've been hurt anything but seeing the crowds it's definitely an inspiring thing hello this is the first of many diaries that I'm going to make during the soul-crushing process of making this game I haven't it's been three years on this project we are a month from our e3 demo alpha which is the first III demo we're ever gonna do the art director there's been on the project from the beginning I've actually been at Sony for over 10 years is having his last day today which is the reason I'm probably starting to do these things so that I can out really seem like I'm totally fine with it but inwardly then I can be completely questioning what the is going to happen and we crank this freedom when I check don't scare me [Music] [Music] your mother's knife it belongs to you now what for addressed so of being like two weeks away from you three you know we haven't really talked about of showing anything about our game so like it's like a pressure cooker right now you know we're like all boiling with excitement the target immediately when we show the e3 demo you're gonna see a lot of introduction of story elements that weren't in these games before and I know that you know some fans may have liked that just pure lie just just kill kill kill fight fight fight you know well I don't know how they will react but I'm excited about finding out [Music] like everybody's probably a little tired and little stressed a little freaked out you know that's the first time after very long time we're gonna show anything to the world so I hope people are just happy to see the change oh man so I and literally I think I've ever seen that demo for a month it's just nine minutes but it's to me the most important nine minutes of this game because that's the one where either everybody's gonna go dumb are you doing or what the are you doing that's awesome like I have no idea what the answer is gonna be either it truly is like the cat is alive and dead at the same time right now [Music] [Music] ah I like that no I'm gonna picture myself naked [Applause] he wants everybody Papa give a big hug we've seen so much in the last 20 minutes and we haven't even started so many exclusives so much more to come I'm excited to be surprised I don't know what's gonna happen you never know what's gonna happen I will try not to screw up you know all right you have a good day opening and closing doors [Music] good afternoon in here fantastic [Music] hey my wife talks about she doesn't come home from work being the stay-at-home parent and she's constantly immersed in work like I can't feel the same way and I should be able to separate from it but I have this like problem right well my brain will not disengage was last night it was 3:00 in the morning and I'm like I really need to sleep I have to sleep and I just could not stop tossing and turning and going over both the positive and negative scenarios and one of them was trying to convince myself you know the positive scenario and the other one was just worming its way in like an ear worm you know like they're all gonna laugh at you maybe not bad exactly but I hate everyone oh my god thank you thank you that's so awesome when I saw it yesterday I was with Corey and you me and Kevin hi so you guys are just so close to this that you don't see how absolutely phenomenal it is and it's just mind-boggling they could very much say wow that's great this is a new direction you know gamer's I feel have grown up the way that I have grown and the team has grown we've all kind of moved to this next phase of gaming you excited at today's press conference I have no idea how people are gonna respond [Music] anything that anybody could say on the Internet is still tame compared to what goes on inside here but now there's so many more people that think it's a team I don't want to let them down [Music] I think there's nothing we can do now it's already done so my faith that people are going to enjoy this and then I won't have faith and I will have it and I won't have faith I'll just [Music] things you me you should get footage of them Shannon and you me there you go get in there get up here in there right and Yumi's face no one wants to watch you take them they want to look at you leave her here crazy day Corey Marlin on the big stage four years in the making whoo so in terms of you mean once the camera see now I can leak something and it will be okay because today's the day that the leaks come you know I have no idea you could not wear anything that identifies you as Santa Monica studio you can't talk about the studio when we were there it was crazy oh oh good point and they really think of it that way yeah I'll put this on I have a hoodie I can go unabomber style I think this is more for me thinking that I mean when we know who and what a world we live in when I think that [Music] [Music] [Music] okay I had Richard on one side and I headed to some random stranger on the other side of me I wanna lean over and be like I knew it what I know what this is I knew it this is [Music] [Applause] ah that door doesn't scare me your mother's knife it belongs to you now what for a test she taught you to hurt yes yes sir then show me what you know [Applause] Phoebus that was straight-up paralyzing I was literally paralyzed full chills higher body oh whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa ho ho ho [Music] [Applause] what no no oh I I literally got to like raise my arms and hear that sound he stepped out I get chosen it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime [Applause] [Applause] very rarely in life do you get you know feed us some or our friends are like yeah yeah but also kind of like jealous at the same time and then like so my friends are like really happy for me like bro look I saw you and like go to war trailer it was like so crazy but I knew they're like freaking out and I was like yeah yeah holy No Kratos women acts no no no bar game play which was incredibly ambitious right Corey's gonna play the game while we perform the score live to the gameplay got a pre-rendered video nah it was section to section like worrying to some degree about just how it will play well Corey hit it and you get the mantle well the Sun were the way we wanted to move it looked gorgeous looks amazing oh my god what is going on right now and we were literally going section to section like I'd be like I'm an Android game that have ever been shown at e3 and that's just this little tiny piece of what this game is gonna be to you [Music] the team really got together it really delivered on something that is very hard to do this game is gonna be so good [Music] now you are ready for one a new beginning [Music] [Music] the stage Shawn Layden good evening good evening everyone and welcome what a way to start the show huh the live demo of God of War [Music] she's walking towards the office [Music] everybody's telling me my gut is telling me what we did on a three doesn't scale right we took so much time out of the project to make that awesome that doesn't scale to a full-sized game you know but scary thing was like we showed 10 minutes and 45 seconds or something and it took a year and a half to get there and now we have a year and a half left essentially and we have like 30 hours to make and you're kind of scratch your head like how is that humanly possible how you give that all those different stages Bayesian bookmarks no it's called then you say yeah this is actually not correct anymore I believe oh no anything we have to say we usually say it so I think that's what makes the team work you know you don't settle for crap that you see you if you see crap and you identify it and you say it right to the person's face hopefully with fists and bat in your hand to make sure that they change it yeah and and yeah I'm and basically just talk it out and you just figure out like how to make it better because usually it gets better which is this very you definitely make it disappear exactly no I know where you get warper whether we can make it turn into a bird in gameplay I have almost 30 people in my department and artists tend to be a little bit introverted dramatic read into things very sensitive because you know you're an artist that's that's natural it's all okay but every single person that I need to deal with needs to be dealt with in a different way if everything goes right then I know that I can get all of this stuff fit as you can see like I'll just show you stuff in the budget we're gonna leave now because everything's going wrong for me at least I think a big part of it is maintaining that focus with the team of our size the ideas are constantly flowing there's so much feedback there's so many things that need to be done sometimes you just want to you know get go to each individual person and say stop thinking just do this right like don't look at all these other things just look at this and do this you can't do that because you know the other things are also pretty valuable which would simulate that if you come to it at exactly the wrong phase that's what would happen right so I'll try I'll try switching that's true and see if that fixes it in that case or see if it just hasn't like go straight in a lot yeah and if that's the case then check it in well let me know okay thanks and then the opposite is true as well right because I remember like you and I had many fights about how like the draaga reveal should work and eventually it just came down to like I have a plan for this leave me alone I've got an idea here go away it's a struggle to try to sort of unlock like this this understanding and the process and how all the pieces fit together and how the players are going to understand the final product that you're delivering probably the most challenging thing is just people love this character so much and and there is a lot of pressure to make sure that those people feel like we're doing that character who's so important to them justice while still evolving him because couldn't stay in the one place that he was and right now once you go in there and you have all the route the doors around you you don't know how they'll to get back out to the bridge right now the only doors that are in there lead two rounds right oh my god here yeah bro yes I had a firmware update sincerely like after a party that just appeared in your house cuz now I feel like I just want to show up every once in a while leave you new lawn ornaments oh I'm gonna do that that sounds fun they are a practical joking Bunch the managers weirdly that was the inspiration in Freya's house oh my god that's what it is is he friendly so this is gonna start filling in all the points in which we meet you and you're gonna be going with cratis of the Sun to take them from the mountain all the way to all time when you meet them in your house all the different circumstances throughout the game yeah where we need actually your voice versus my voice or Carlos voice you know where you have really bad stand in dialogue so where are we good so this glams crest so these first two lines here at this point now the player can still roam around your house oh right and I'm like come on get it already I also need lambs crests do you mind it's a white petal flower in my garden just a handful where you better work fine lambs Chris God of War that's amazing I hope you guys keep that but you with your big time now save some of that money to Nicole Kidman cancer oh good so nobody bigger than me I mean good to see you have you missed me yes you have come on it's okay it's okay to love dumb you know don't forget that it's okay to love love is first follow closely by hate and divorce and alimony those are the things we teach kids on set your words were yeah let's do this where that's awesome well I mean we can show you stuff without Jason yeah the truth do you know right how deep can your voice go okay good you're playing Jason that's right I always have like the word ball curry written behind her okay you're clear yeah that's awesome that was your vision right it was I just didn't realize that you guys were able to really achieve it what are your thoughts on the the ball Creek I hear it's awesome hey that's pretty awesome I would not want to be the character following this meeting I don't wanna be the next character oh boy the bar has been set now you got a top Valkyrie and final boss stuff I'm actually the first so I've heard and the first woman in the comment design team at the studio ever in the history of the studio and when I heard that of it oh you know that's that's actually really cool that's that's not scary it's cool how do you want to hear it hear me how do you go paradise I think my generation there was a lot less women in video games but when I see the younger generation there's a much larger portion of the people applying in that arena it looks looks good and these ways they're not gonna throw off medical so he will be meeting probably like a couple more times in terms of just brainstorming meeting character meetings they're trying to schedule something for half an hour and a half or four lunches okay so Shannon's gonna be organizing that it's a priority obviously a cats that will ready project meeting yep because we have over okay yeah this came there is just no way that this type of activity happens from any type of top-down endeavor it is every single person everyday right kind of figuring it out and it's like again like with your kids you kind of give them equip them in the best way that you can and then you sort of you gotta solve it yourself and for that freedom you'll be accountable to it my mother said everyone is smarter than you in something and if you don't figure out what it is and learn from it that's your fault you know she taught me that every person I meet will have worse and it's my duty to to be open to receiving what people have to offer you know don't discount anyone do we have information on all of these playtesters they are giving us nothing on their faces well she's sort of I think in a resting happy face she just seemed happy the whole time but everyone else was like I thank God I'm getting 10 bucks I started in this industry are we shudder when I say this but I started in 1989 as a game tester at Sega and when I finished school I had no idea that they paid people to test games Jason is gonna give you a presentation to break down all the combat and then we're going to let you play through oh well I said we are making incredible progress I am very surprised at how fast everybody seemed to pick up the controls like I seem to do suggestion very quickly what sorry this is my director she is actually you is like you're already four and a half minutes off schedule it's amazing thank you me that's true she could be smiling beneath the frame I'm gonna go with I believe she smiling beneath the frame he gave me a larger ass mom there I'm not sure yeah this is little small this is not the executive monitor we we have slummin like the rest of us is he trying to hit the kid is he's trying to put he's good at killing what are your predictions do you think they're going to give it really good scores really bad scores with that the lack of facial expression I can't tell where any of them are at if they are enjoying it if they're bored I just see Derek there he just looks so professional that's the old way where if you just keep doing the combo and they've chosen the block they will just do it until you stop there like that Terminator blocks and I don't want to babysit someone that's the the whole fun of being Kratos is running through it and we're soul asleep murdering people with this weapons and hammers yeah we just have to make your word are we in agreement I don't know we never talked what do you think that sounds like thank you God it's not something I'm used to oh yeah turn it off my question why didn't this I never get attacked that's how much it's kind of like hanging out here I'm like you're okey like freezer yeah Oh P freezer yeah the is that here what is this what is this craziness definitely on the east side so like it felt really like I didn't even have to pay attention to him and he was just kind of like a ferry sitting on my shoulder like shooting stunning arrows and it was really overpowered and it felt really cheap very cosmetic because I feel like you could have like this thing ability without the Sun even being there and so I feel like if like the Sun is supposed to be like an integral part like the game then like should have a role in like the player should always be this is the all-or-nothing it's everything like we are literally all in on this game you have to get a hundred and fifty people who are very stubborn and passionate and creative to all see a similar picture that doesn't exist and doubt is the demon that lives in the ear of every person in this industry that is to me the biggest obstacle keeping everyone focused on the goal and not listening to that little demon in their ear that says they're all gonna laugh at you and it's not gonna work right and it's like I have the exact same thing in both ears constantly but I'm still trying to steer people back and you know you have to be able to trust each other that you can fail and openly fail together and still recover right otherwise everybody just starts protecting what they're doing and nobody wants to share anything a lot of what we're doing is not simply throwing every single thing out it's looking at the DNA and what God where is and finding out the mountain we had to climb to kind of change this franchise this is the traditional sort of child coming of age but it's also creatives kind of coming of age the idea kratos being a closeted human being right somebody who hides is humanity somebody who is shunned and run away from it so we've always kind of kept it a little bit open just to allow people to freely play visit but now we're gonna start really honing in on forcing people so you have to use the Sun to create opportunities it reads sacrifice your arms to the center of the water awaken again the cradle of the world what throw our weapons into the water and that is the lead-in to the whole worlds have been coming out so that way at least it shows hey look heesang be a warrior everyone's about a guy and then when you meet this world servant the thinking that all the hardware universe and always would seem like the bad guy is the one thing that kid says hey this is actually bazooka I think everybody recognizes we get one shot we screw this up I don't see us making another one you know it's was a massive bit no pressure [Music] [Music] I think this interesting approach because in the last ones you know he killed his family he's actually got something left might be interesting how they use him I don't know yet I haven't got any hands-on time so it looks nice but until I get to play it out among all of you guys to the God of War behind the curtain panel Corey bar log I'm the director of the game and I make their lives completely miserable on a daily basis that's really yet that's the best then you while you're tabbing yeah you could have vas right like yeah yeah what's happening on screen while I'm having it staying on the current screen until we make the selection and stop tabbing and then what happens currently just by moving over to this that's there's no like confirming what's a ghost of it so currently as you tab over you instantaneously bring this UI screen oh so when I yep not figured no you're just trying to trick me and then have me not seen a lot of questions going on you know this is a big reimagining of God of War so I think my first question really would mean for Shannon you guys were I guess a fairest way to say it is that out of crossroads a couple years ago for this you know as we were kind of at that crossroads it was really apparent to me that we needed to really look for a new beginning a new beginning in a way that what I made the the first a second game I was a very different person than I am today I'm a bigger asshole today and I wasn't growth people it's fantastic it helps to work with absolutely great people I am surrounded by people that are so much better than it would be nice to have this in fact it would be nice to have this workable it would be nice to have this enough and say from beta it's been tough it's been tough the last you know few years it's never easy balancing all these personalities and all this talent [Music] okay every story that you tell and everything that you make you have to have some kind of personal connection to it some kind of truth that comes from your own life Space Invader action or gene we've changed everything from the combat to the mechanics to including the Sun to the environment to everything is different new and fresh scary that's good I find myself as sometimes terrified the decisions that we're making when we made the choice we got to figure out how to make that work you have something that fans really care about and players really care about but we still want to flip everything break it apart and then start putting it back together slowly yeah we've um been together every once in a while sure but it's it's all for the good of the ultimate goal of greatness I'm so thankful every single day and they're the ones that have to do the hard work those guys are busting their ass but like we brought this dude on we passed on other people to bring that guy on so I don't want any more excuses from that guy I just get done and I just want to thank Corey Ariel G and Shannon for joining us today on the God of War [Applause] [Music] repealing this this whole time we were supposed to have you play the game well be great is if we boot this up and it doesn't work now I'm very excited like I want to try that out 3:9 1.95 I have no idea what that means Madison how she would advise the police [Applause] today from reports over to the up until this point I think a lot of it has been we have latitude and we have time and we have we have the ability to tune and think and and iterate in a way that allows lots of different perspectives and as that time starts wiggling down the number of touches you can get to do to validate the decision that you want to make starts sort of going down and down right it's risk versus reward right we're like well there's this issue at the end if we fix it and the payoff is huge but the risk is super high so what do you want to do above your normal and so what'll happen is you can walk into the trap and really start happening yesterday I was in the middle of taking a bunch of well that's awesome look at that there's no reason at this phase that the log should just be walking on its own it's the magic law or great thing so currently we have about three thousand eight hundred and seventeen total bugs in the database this is a perfect example of the bizarre happening that the kids face well you don't want to have triplicates of the same bug so you're going through and if anything is called out for your one of your Rises grooves just say oh we're already doing this this is a good example of like the average scenario that happens in the day [Music] seriously now I'm looking at the game as a whole going there's no way we're gonna stabilize this I know many of you been pushing really hard to been asking people to step off there how is that time spent in the studio a lot of people have made some compromises to make this work into to bring up the result of this journey so to those of you who pushing hard towards these goals thank you so much every pretty appreciate agree yeah and I really did believe I think four weeks ago and we were on target they were absolutely no problem going to make the date now all right so terms of release date yes so I need to start to commit it to achieving my sort of status on announcing movies I don't know scary scary thing is I really really don't know which means day for more time what we do they say no [Music] you guys were first brought on this thing give me idea what to expect this scene is the first time that the assignment kills the human being so perdida you know as a father of four children it's a interesting that this has been a man who has missed 10 years of his child growing up and I really found some some parallels with my own life there because I was working on a show and I basically missed 10 years and my kids growing up so it's just it's an interesting dynamic for me you know it's uh it's you know close a little closer to home that I'd like it to be [Music] [Music] I am you know very fortunate in that in the sense that I have a home sort of you know network and a husband and parents and children that are very very supportive and very much you know alright as excited about what we're doing here is you know I think I am and I have a pretty good I feel very fortunate um I don't think I want to answer this right now [Music] [Music] what does this goal mean to you it's everything follow me why help us maybe I see more of myself in you that I'm willing to admit maybe maybe by helping you I'll make up for a lifetime of mistakes or maybe I just like you I mean there's lots of different methodologies on how to be vulnerable in a scene or how to be connected to an emotional scene where your son is basically saying you ruined my life I hate you and I never want to see you again it was right around the time of I was going through a divorce so that wasn't difficult for me to be in a space that was vulnerable and fractured and confused like it wasn't supposed to turn out this way it's my job as an actress to keep myself in that space of like being permeable and being affected by what's happening in the moment and so if I can recall what those feelings were like with my ex-husband then I can understand some of the pain that Freya is going through with someone that she she loved and had the best intentions for but who it's it's just not it's not going the way that she had hoped if I had if it hadn't been that it could have been anything else in my life where there was a goodbye from someone that you know abandonment issues I mean we know come on we're human well we've all got our bag of of pain oh that okay I'll use that one grow just one little marker who needs my pinkie Oh his pinkie too you know I think it's an actor you always want to feel safe you always want to because when you when you do choose to do that you can't bring yourself out of it it takes some decompression the scene when I go back and get the blades of chaos it was probably not real early on but early on in the filming and that's kind of what I was like do I want to go there because this this was mowin if I was gonna take the scab off it as a person as a human being this is where it is there is nowhere you can hide Spartan but as much distance between you and the truth as you want it changes nothing pretend to be everything you are not teacher husband father but there is one unavoidable truth you will never escape you cannot change monster I know a lot of this performance for me is a love letter to my kids it's and it's had it's an apology yeah and that's all I'm going to say about that [Laughter] me man I could see that everybody's on this that they were just like and then everyone's still treating you like hmm you know what we'll just see and I'm like no like I my mind I get it I see what you guys are telling me I'm not gonna let myself believe we don't make the date now I'm just gonna try to adjust to the April that's dead that changes well that means you're not going to Europe next month no but February like that yes it means next month is very hard but four years of a marathon you don't want to stop running in the last 200 feet [Music] you know for many years you don't see or at least I didn't see what a sacrifice was until you start sort of living the sacrifice you start feeling the sacrifice if that makes any sense we as working parents always wonder in question do we really spend enough time with our children I carry that with me every day and I never have the right answer I all I can do is be the best I can be in those moments that I do have my children and that I'm really able to engage and hopefully the stresses of the job I'll you know don't get in the way of me being the best parent that I can be right now the IQ folks and the sales people feel comfortable with is xx which is Friday the 20th we count them quite frankly Assad we don't want earlier so at the end of that I keep saying this everyone is a mere name that game comes out it's gonna be amazing anyone can hear bananas and no one's gonna remember all them face you right we just have to actually make it through this period without going over the industry is incredibly demanding it is all about what you've done lately and you need to constantly move forward and do other things I've always described my career as typical in the industry of having two States you're either doing everything or you're doing nothing for me it's like what being normal is what I struggle with you know like taking time off like why don't we take a vacation or just like any of these things I just even saying them it's like what am I saying it's so alien to me and and I think it's you know I'm feeling it feeling it it's time to take the foot off the gas a little bit for all your hard work for surely quality and excellence even with the entail personal sacrifice stay true to the vision even at points with the insulting certain as a team we're on course to deliver something pretty magnificent and it's because each and every one of you and a passion we breathe every single day fqa submit has moved to March 9th and gold and release to manufacturing moves to March 15th which pushes the game's release from March 13th April 20th everybody we would not be doing any of this crap it would be me talking to myself in agreement so what we are going to end up with at the end of all this this amazing game is truly something that I will carry with me forever and I believe it is a first step a first step in many many games that are going to be that will I think really redefining others communities I'm very proud to work with everybody here thank you again thank you for all your hard work I know we have still a push ahead of us let's go to m6 [Music] we are supposed to be going gold today so we're gonna go see if you me has any idea of whether or not we're making a disc today so we're at a point where QA is testing round the clock getting new issues coming in all the time you know everybody on the production side is constantly evaluating what new bugs come in hope being that once we end up at the end of the day we have a solid build that has zero critical issues you know that's the one that we're like yes we want this to be burnt on a disk well I'll take a picture with it send it out [Music] this is it I mean this is still the for me officially the first game that you know I will ship and I'm here for five years and it's you know it's like a big legacy I was walking by someone's desk today and I saw something that had been updated like wow it looks amazing he's like yeah this just came in I was like dude we just have to finish this game if we finish this game it will be awesome there's so much good stuff oh she's not here you mean you were not here when I stopped by I am sad there you go that way she'll know that someone's looking for and they're sad all right this way well here she is you yang it we found her we just left you a note that said I am lost without you me eh all right this way run wrap [Music] it's so exciting it feels like we're doing something oh my gosh I want to press about what's gonna rest how can I screw this is this that's it the whole thing it just is right there it is stand here and watch a progress bar take a little little while like how long give me an estimate dude I'm not gonna stand here for anyway that's crazy a lot of disagreements and a lot of passion went into making this blank disc for all of you watching this is how we used to play games back in the 90s just this is a weird like retro experience too so if your analog yes it's beautiful [Music] oh this is wonderful great it's actually join the tree Preservation Society super into trees now [Music] this tree is a metaphor for the franchise of God of War and at the very beginning of the franchise we chop that down so that we could chop it up and then carry it around then burn it for me what I would love to see that from this game well we're pushing is dramatic context you know reason the the concept of why why am I here why am i doing these things why do I care is a player like engaging people on a more emotionally visceral level than just revenge killing you know which is great combats fun it's the way you communicate with the environment in so many games I think it the games that feel repetitive and boring or because there's no strong sense of why you don't feel connected at all to the world broken quiver will slow your draw pain we endure faulty weaponry we do not this will do for now good good we're on our way to France I think that what makes a great strong character is absolutely what makes a great strong human because when you're embodying a character you're embodying the life of a human that is of some parts of many things within the mind of the writer and they pulled from some person that they know in their life and so it is a living breathing thing [Music] city in Berlin for day two of our this is a very big sort of change yeah there were times when my wife was holding the camera and facetiming of basketball games where I could watch it while I was at some corporate off-site meeting or something like that you just do what you have to do you know we all as a family had to balance over there where their struggles were their tears of course there was but that's life you get through it and we're all still around him and everyone kind of grew from those moments but was the last never think about working but what's exactly the nature of craters [Music] it's an interesting universality to it as well the idea of even if we don't have kids we were kids ourselves at one point [Music] where do they go to me so this game for this iteration is probably the most personal project I think I've worked on my entire career do they give you the God of War he believes that is the true challenge of parenting is not to sit there and hide the world from them but to prepare them you know go through the pain yeah to go through the pain I do I own you are free attorney I think as writer the most interesting challenge is to take a character that you have made intentionally an antihero and actually turn them around [Music] I think a difficult thing for anybody is the time you put into the end of the day we're gonna spend nearly four and a half almost five years on this day five years five years in it at the end you have one thing and then one day it's out there and either everybody loves it or everyone hates it or even worse they're indifferent and it's just crickets right and that's it like it's such feast or famine we have great jobs are not complaining but there is a sacrifice you know and you know we wouldn't question like is this is this worth it I'm excited I'm not sure how he goes from Greek mythology to Norse mythology but I'm interested to see what happens normally we know him as an angry aggressive person but I mean it's it looks I think the change is good sometimes in a sense you know I wasn't okay with it until my kid said dad we know we know why he worked we know why this stuff yeah I was never okay too [Music] smaller this right here represents five years where the work going gold the incredible team that I worked with so many people and then human yang the most important person for my sanity throughout this entire crazy journey by now I had read through this remarkable adventure and the one thing I got on there was just me characters loved her son retweeted PlayStation retweeted Bob seriously that's us the first time we met the world serpent but how art reflects life reflects art reflects life and that's why we have it so we don't feel so alone so we see these stories whether they're folklore mythology made-up or real is because this thing called life is is interesting and confusing and it's wonderful and it's horrible and it's all these things and here we are from the beginning it was you know we have the potential to make a defining game and now to this day I say we have the potential to make a defining game oh these drawings [Music] this is our story [Music] okay I stalled enough I mean I'm hitting enter now and thank God it's not on the front page so I could stall just a little bit more information is not there on the front page of what god of war is yet I'm clicking on games now holy [Music] success is not guaranteed you don't get it just because you are who you are it's you get it because you work really crazy hard and sacrifice for something else you know it's just kind of I guess like a parent you're gonna sacrifice work really hard and then they're gonna hate you in 15 years and not talk to you for her 10 years and then they're gonna be like hey I remember why you were pretty good [Music] [Music] [Applause] this game is big this is a big big special great game go to war is back on ps4 a scheme changes the franchise in at number few twits it's a bold and risky move one that paid off in space is one of the greatest games of all time God of War is a masterful composition of exceptional interlocking parts Santa Monica studio is taking us all to Valhalla there was a lot of doubt on this project but it's you people every day coming in and doing what you do that made this reality the game is a masterpiece the most well thought out and well paced games and quite a long time hands-down Game of the Year what I want to take away two beams like wow this was necessary this was interesting this was a different this was engaging this game is incredible Shawna Forde doesn't just feel like the next step to the franchise but the entire video game industry Corey Barlow Corey of course is the creative director of God of War to follow the song dynamic he's obviously yeah that's the be Singha of the game I wouldn't say I had any doubts about if we could do it because the talent at the studio is absolutely there are people here that won't let this game fail I consider myself one of those I do this because I want to make something beautiful and I want I want everyone to see it [Music] so who's back all right and the game award for game of the year goes to God of War [Applause] [Music] [Applause] I want to thank my children and all of the families throughout the God of War team and you guys the fans around the world together we all dream big dreams thank you everyone [Applause] [Music] you so the amazing thing is for everybody at home this is how easy it is to make games just walk around the studio you hit a button once and the game is finished it's like that that scene in space balls instant video cassettes they're out in stores before the movie is finished