Sometimes, it’s easy to forget the physical and emotional toll that game development puts people through.
The God of War reboot, which came out today, has been in development for five years. That’s according to the game’s director, Cory Barlog, who left Crystal Dynamics and the Tomb Raider franchise to work on Dad Kratos and co.
And it’s been a long journey. Earlier this morning, Cory Barlog uploaded a video to YouTube showing himself reacting to the critical reception to God of War. It’s atrocious quality – the 480p footage was shot via his MacBook webcam – but Barlog’s emotional reaction, which involves more than a few tears, is incredibly heartwarming.
The description of the video is touching as well, if only because of how personal it is. “So, I thought a lot about whether or not to upload but then I thought of what my son, Helo, is going through right now,” Barlog wrote.
“He doesn’t want us to be around when he is sad, opting to run in another room and yell at us if we try to come in. It has been important to us to let him know that it is OK to be sad, it is OK to cry. There is nothing to hide … this is for you, Helo. Papa loves you.”
Game development is never easy.