So it’s officially called God of War: Ragnarok. During the Sony showcase on September 9, Sony confirmed the upcoming game’s title, and offered some intriguing teases about the story ahead. However, we still don’t have a release date for the hotly anticipated sequel.
Back in 2018, Sony’s Santa Monica Studio reinvented the God of War franchise with a blockbuster reboot that changed how we look at Kratos. The series protagonist went from the world's greatest screamer to a thoughtful paternal figure. In addition to that, Norse mythology became a major focus, diverting away from Greek myth. It worked spectacularly.
Judging from our first look at the game from Sony’s September 9 event, the game picks up shortly after its predecessor leaves off, with Kratos and Atreus asking all the same questions fans have been wondering about since that cliffhanger finale.
Here's everything you need to know about God of War: Ragnarok.
When is the God of War: Ragnarok release date?
We don’t officially have a release date for God of War: Ragnarok just yet. Back in June 2021, Head of PlayStation Studios Herman Hulst revealed in a PlayStation blog interview that the game has been delayed until 2022.
“We’ve made the decision to push that game out to next year, to ensure that Santa Monica Studio can deliver the amazing God of War game that we all want to play,” Hulst explained.
While the trailer shown during the September 9 PlayStation event did not reconfirm that 2022 window, an official blog post recapping the event does say “see you next year,” suggesting the game is on-track to release next year.
It's possible that Santa Monica has been working on God of War: Ragnarok since the release of the 2018 reboot. The developer was spotted posting multiple job listings as far back as mid-2019, many of which vaguely alluded to the fact that the company was cooking up a new God of War title.
Back in an April 2018 Kotaku interview, Game Director Cory Barlog revealed the God of War writing team had an excess of plot points and story ideas it had not included in the 2018 release He even stated that the team had enough material for five new games. He later clarified on Twitter that he was exaggerating, but he reassured fans that a follow-up would happen only days after the launch of the reboot.
Barlog seemingly began hinting at God of War: Ragnarok in 2019. In a Twitter thread, the writer spelled out "Ragnarok is coming." The phrase can be found by compiling the first letter of every tweet in the thread. Barlog was hiding it right under our noses.
Is there a God of War: Ragnarok trailer?
Yes, Sony Santa Monica revealed a three-minute trailer that goes into quite a bit of detail about the story of God of War: Ragnarok.
What do we know about the God of War: Ragnarok story?
Spoilers ahead for the end of God of War (2018).
After defeating Baldur, Kratos and Atreus finally reach Jotunheim to scatter the ashes of Atreus’ mother, Faye. That’s where they discover that Faye was actually a giant called Laufey, making Atreus half-god and half-giant. We also learn that he has another name: Loki.
As father and son journey back home, Atreus peppers his father with questions about what his true identity could mean and about his mother’s legacy. It seems likely that watching Atreus discover more of his Loki side — for better or worse — will be a major focus of the next game.
The death of Baldur might have also teased Kratos’ next major challenge in God of War: Ragnarok. The cataclysmic event, also known as the “Twilight of the Gods,” is a prophecy in Norse mythology that is said to bring about the death of many gods.
While the series typically always plays it fast and loose with mythology, Baldur’s death consistently kicks off Ragnarök in most versions of the story. What’s more, a secret cut scene at the end of the game shows Thor confronting Kratos at his home, suggesting a conflict between gods is imminent.
Here’s a rundown of what we learned from the September 9th trailer and event:
- There’s a time skip of a few years, since Atreus is a teenager
- Atreus’ lineage is a central plot point and source of conflict with his father
- Freya returns as an antagonist
- Thor is also an antagonist
- All nine Norse realms are in the game
- The game will “conclude” the “Norse Saga” of the series, according to the creators in a post-show interview
The creators of God of War: Ragnarok share new details on the plot.
Is God of War: Ragnarok a PS5 exclusive?
The fifth game in the series will be a cross-generation title. During a June 2021 interview with the PlayStation Blog, Herman Hulst confirmed that Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, and the next God of War would all be available on both PS4 and PS5.
“Where it makes sense to develop a title for both PS4 and PS5 — for Horizon Forbidden West, the next God of War, GT7 — we’ll continue looking at that,” Hulst said. “And if PS4 owners want to play that game, then they can. If they want to go on and play the PS5 version, that game will be there for them.” Hulst cites Returnal and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart as the two major showcases for PS5 exclusivity.
God of War: Ragnarok comes to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in 2022.
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