Year 2018 God of War gave Kratos a redesign and quickly became an icon. A big part of that design is the character’s beard, which gives Kratos a much older look than previous installments of the series. Thanks to the beard, that design could be more popular than the character’s original look, but modder Speclizer decided to trim the character a bit. It’s weird to see this version of the character looking cleanly shaved and it makes him look a bit younger than it was at first God of War. That said, Kratos still maintains a heavy five-hour shadow!
Of course, the whole point of Kratos beard is to sell better than the time passes between God of War and previous entries in the series. Seeing the character without it makes him look a bit too young for the overall plot of the game! Readers can rate for themselves by watching a video from Speclizer, which can be found below.
God of War Art director Raf Grassetti has previously shown characters replacing Kratos in the game, including one with no beard and one with a more ruffled beard. The latter feels a bit more faithful to the typical depictions of mythical characters, but it also looks a bit more general compared to the final product. It looks like the design has finally brought out the best possible look for the character!
It will be interesting to see if Kratos’s appearance changes in the sequel to the God of War series. Sony has yet to announce an official title for the upcoming PlayStation 5 game, but it is expected to release around next year and it will obviously focus on Ragnarok. End to God of War gave the audience a glimpse of Thor, and it is expected that this character might seek revenge for Kratos’s actions in the previous game.
In addition to the Kratos beard mod, Speclizer has also shared videos of many out-of-bounds discoveries, giving viewers a better view of the elements found behind the scenes. Those who want to see more can find the modder’s YouTube page right here or at their Patreon, which can be found right here.
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