A visual refresh on God of War director Cory Barlog's Twitter account might be teasing a new sci-fi-themed Santa Monica Studio IP.
A visual revamp to God of War creative director Cory Barlog’s Twitter account has prompted fans to speculate whether he’s teasing a new sci-fi-themed game.
A quick jaunt over to the Santa Monica Studio creative director’s Twitter account reveals an artist’s impression of NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft as the profile picture, and what appears to be the hyper-sleep chambers from James Cameron’s 1986 Alien as a banner. The account description now shows ten full stops and nothing else.
It isn’t the first time Barlog switches up his Twitter account for a distinctly deep space sci-fi theme. In November last year, a similar image of Voyager 2 and a picture captured by the Hubble Telescope found their way onto the creative director’s profile. Accompanying them was a cryptic twitter featuring Morse code, that, when decoded, reads as ’55HSIE.’
Both instances are little too similar to pass off as coincidental, and Barlog is no stranger to slyly teasing upcoming projects, notably the newly-announced God of War sequel.
It turns out Barlog hinted at the game’s existence way back in a Twitter thread from later 2019 that reminisced about 2018’s God of War’s development. Picking out the first letter from each tweet spells out, ‘Ragnarok is Coming,’ matching the tag line from the untitled God of War sequel announced at last month’s PlayStation showcase.
Closer to the PlayStation tease, Barlog swapped out his profile picture for some pale blue ice, directly referencing the sequel’s theme.
While we’d warn against reading into all this too much, it’s certainly intriguing. Santa Monica Studio canceled an Avatar-esque sci-themed game back in 2014. Could Barlog be teasing a revival of the project?