God of War’s upcoming reboot is poised to explore themes grounded in Norse mythology, but that doesn’t mean future games will be rooted there, according to director Cory Barlog. In a new interview with Game Informer, Barlog stated that the team may end up actually exploring both the Egyptian era and the Mayan era, “and so on and so forth.”

It seems as though the God of War games may become somewhat cyclical in that it will eventually explore additional eras, following its original Greek exploration for the entirety of six whole games. It’s interesting to ponder what a Mayan God of War game might look like, or an Egyptian version.

“What became apparent to me was that we were watching this franchise wane a bit,” Sony Santa Monica Head of Studio Shannon Studstill said in the interview. “It was getting old. The storyline with Kratos being the hardcore badass – I think people were starting to say, ‘What’s next?’ I felt like, in order to reinvent, we really needed to turn a lot of things around.”

It was possible that the game we’re seeing in the near future could just have easily have been given an Egyptian setting, though as it turns out with Assassin’s Creed Origins taking the same route, perhaps it’s a good thing that the project went another way.

Whatever route the series takes in the future, it’ll be interesting to see a new direction for Kratos, especially if it means he’ll be growing and evolving as a character.

The God of War series could leave Norse mythology behind in future installments.