Ultimately went with Cory Barlog.
God of War II is arguably the best game in the famous action-adventure series, so when it was announced last year that the director of that game, Cory Barlog would be returning to direct the comeback of Kratos in the upcoming God of War, the news was met with a lot of positivity. However, as it turns out, he wasn’t Sony Santa Monica’s first choice for that role.
While speaking during the God of War E3 2017 Coliseum panel, the studio’s head Shannon Studstill said that when the studio was thinking about the future of the God of War franchise, she had two people in mind that she wanted to serve as the director for the new game. The first person Sony Santa Monica thought of was David Jaffe, who was the creator of the God of War franchise and directed the very first game.
As it turned out, however, David Jaffe was busy with other projects at the time, and he had to turn down the offer, at which point the studio turned to Cory Barlog, who had earlier worked on God of War II. If the footage we’ve seen of the game so far is anything to go by, the choice has probably paid off. The game looks stunning so far. You can watch the game’s latest trailer from Sony’s E3 2017 conference here.