After three long years of waiting, Sony's God of War documentary showcasing all the ins and outs of the game's development process will finally make its way to YouTube May 10th.
Many within the community are already beaming with excitement at the news, which is to be expected given that the company has spearheaded similar films for games like The Last of Us. Sony knows what gamers want to see in such films and they've done a good job in the past of making it feel as if you are right smack dab in the middle of the development process. While we can expect more of the same as it relates to the structure of the film, it will give many within the community a better understanding of how much work went into creating the latest installment of the God of War series.
This new documentary not only forges a deeper connection between Sony and its consumer base, but it also allows them to showcase how buyer feedback helps to influence game development. It will let buyers know that their thoughts and feelings matter and that, without their input, games like God of War wouldn't be nearly as good. Additionally, this new understanding of the development process will help consumers to better pinpoint issues that the company needs to correct in the future.
According to gamesradar, Sony states that the documentary will begin with the game's debut at E 3 in 2016 and cover the entire development process from start to finish, using just over 400 hours of footage. In the film, God of War Raising Kratos, viewers will not only be treated to an inside look at the brainstorming process, but they will also have a front row seat to some fantastic interviews. Furthermore, they will gain a better understanding of the video render and background creation process for the game, along with an inside look at what it is like for actors to work on such a long running project.
Through the gaming industry has taken a lot of flak recently for the way that some companies treat their employees, documentaries like this show that there are still some great employers out there. Sure, Sony has had its fair share of controversy, but it’s the company's willingness to learn from their mistakes and do things right the second time around that makes them such a respected brand in the industry. Sony doesn't have to make a film like this, but the fact that they choose to do so shows that they want to be transparent and that they want to dispel some of the myths about the industry.
While documentaries showcasing the development process of a single game are fascinating, it's worth noting that it leaves out a large part of what makes the industry what it is. Though these documentaries certainly open a dialog, Sony and other companies should also consider creating films that showcase the day to day operations within each arm of their gaming studios.