God of War’s rejected concept art reveals gruesome version of Kratos
A rejected concept art piece depicts a horrific version of Kratos looking tortured and broken for God of War: Ascension.
While fans recently saw Kratos ready for battle in the latest trailer for God of War: Ragnarok, a rejected concept art piece from a previous game shows a horrific alternate look for the character.
Shared on Reddit, the artwork was created by James Van Den Bogart, the main character artist who worked on Ascension god of war. Kratos is shown in the image as severely malnourished and cut through his body in various places. That’s a far cry from the towering portrayal we’re used to of the Vengeful God, with his iconic ash-covered skin and red markings only adding to his deadly appearance.
While no description was given to provide context for the gruesome image, the story of the game included a period of torture for Kratos. His torture was punishment for breaking an oath to Ares, the god who gave him the Blades of Chaos and then orchestrated the murder of his own family by Kratos. His torment was carried out by the three furies, which could be the cause of his unrecognizable state in concept art.
James Van Den Bogart worked at Santa Monica Studios between 2011 and 2013, and has since worked on projects for various other developers. He worked as a Lead Creature Artist at ArenaNet, the company behind Guild Wars 2. His most recent role is as an artist at Valve, the developers responsible for Portal and Half-life series.
The last glimpse fans got at Kratos in God of War: Ragnarok showed the warrior in fighting form, albeit slightly older and with his beard appropriate for Vikings. As he and his son Atreus attempt to stop Ragnarok, there will be no shortage of Asgardian gods who would be happy to see Kratos tortured as in concept art, including Freya and a creepy-looking Thor.
Launched exclusively for PlayStation 5, Sony Interactive Entertainment has yet to confirm a release window for God of War: Ragnarok. Breaking through the fourth wall, a mysterious character at the end of the trailer teases fans that they will get their answers “soon enough”.
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