God of War series should be “put to bed,” says Sony

Looks like God of War III could be the last we’ll see of Kratos for a while. Current series director Stig Asmussen believes that a 2 or 3 year release cycle would make GoW “irrelevant,” suggesting to 1UP that it would be better if the series took a break.

“I think there comes a time when to maintain a high level of quality,” said Asmussen. “The bottom line is you can’t get burned out, and the source material can’t always be the same.”

“I want God of War to be one of those games where if there are more God of Wars, we’re seeing them spread out over time — it’s not like our studio’s making a new God of War every two or three years or something like that, and then the series becomes irrelevant.

“I like the approach of, ‘We just won’t make Metroid for 10 years. Why do we have to keep making Metroid?’ And then when it comes back, it’s fresh and you remember why you loved that game so much. I think it would be good at this point to take that approach with God of War… For a trilogy, it’s great. Let’s put it to bed for awhile though.”

Asmussen was quick to point out that this isn’t Sony’s official line on the subject, however. Indeed he wouldn’t deny that another PSP entry to the GoW series was in the pipeline. “I wouldn’t rule anything out at this point; this is just kind of how I feel about it.”

Asmussen also denied the rumors that God of War III had cost $100 million. The number was “nowhere near that,” according to the report, as the game enjoyed an ultra-smooth development process, hitting its March 2010 release date target without any delays or issues.

God of War III is released for PS3 in the U.S on Mar. 16, Europe on Mar. 19 and Australia and New Zealand on Mar. 18.