God of War Ragnarok: Everything we know about the God of War sequel
God of War Ragnarok, the Sony sequel to our all-time pick Best PS4 games, is one of the most anticipated games in recent memory. As a result, we understand the insatiable appetite for new information, especially as we move within three months of its release.
For those looking to get the latest God of War updates before they head back to The Nine Realms, we’ve created a single hub to deliver the most important information around Ragnarok, from The latest news and trailers to God of War Ragnarok summarize the story and the most notable gameplay changes. Read on for the full take on everything we know about the God of War Ragnarok.
God of War Ragnarok release date
God of War Ragnarok will be released on November 9 for PS5 and PS4.
As you may remember, Ragnarok was announced with a 2021 release date, although mid-2021 that deadline is to push until 2022. According to Kratos voice actor Christopher Judge, his rehabilitation after multiple surgeries is the reason for that delay. IGN sources say Ragnarok was later booked for a September 2022 release, although that date was never official, and Sony will soon announce the actual date as November 9th.
God of War Ragnarok . Trailer
The most content God of War Ragnarok trailer was shown during PlayStation Showcase 2021. The trailer, which gives us our first look at Ragnarok gameplay, clocks in at 3 minutes 13 seconds. Check it out below:
The Story of the God of War Ragnarok
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Here’s the official synopsis for God of War Ragnarok, which takes place “several years” after God of War:
Fimbulwinter [the great winter] is well underway. Kratos and Atreus must journey to each of the Nine Realms in search of answers as Asgardian forces prepare for a battle prophesied that will end the world. Along the way, they will explore stunning, mythical landscapes and face fearsome enemies in the form of Norse gods and monsters. The threat of Ragnarok [the final destruction of the world] grow closer than ever. Kratos and Atreus must choose between their own safety and the safety of the kingdom.
All characters in God of War: Ragnarok
Santa Monica Studio has largely kept the story details private, although director Eric Williams has shared it new aspect of the sequel will be Kratos grappling with the fact that his son is Loki, and that his wife hid that information from him. Ragnarok, like its predecessor, will once again balance fantasy playsets with smaller-scale “slices of life” moments.
Returning characters include Kratos, Atreus, Freya, Mimir, Brok, and Sindri. New characters including Thor, Thunder god; Tyr, Norse God of War; Dwarf Durlin; giant goddess Angrboda; and Odin, leader of the Norse gods.
We also know players will be able to tour all nine realms in Ragnarok, compared to just six in God of War. The three previously unexplored kingdoms are Vanaheim, Svartalfheim and Asgard.
Summary of the story of God of War
God of War 2018 takes place well after the events of the original God of War trilogy and brings our hero Kratos from the world of Greek mythology to Northern Europe. The game opens with Kratos and his son Atreus preparing the funeral for Faye, Kratos’ second wife and Atreus’ mother.
After an unforgettable battle sequence with The Stranger (later revealed to be Baldur, the Norse God of Light), Kratos and Atreus embark on a journey to fulfill Faye’s last wish: her ashes. scattered from the top of the highest mountain in the kingdom. And so began the duo’s journey.
Kratos and Atreus encounter (and often battle) mythical creatures and gods from Norse mythology, while also exploring their interpersonal drama – specifically Kratos’ shortcomings as is a father and the demigod identity he chooses to hide in an attempt to continue from the atrocities he has committed throughout the previous God of War games.
Aiding Kratos and Atreus in their quest is Freya, with whom we come to learn that she is a goddess and mother of Baldur, with whom she shares a complicated relationship (to put it mildly). mild). Kratos interferes with their family’s squabble, killing Baldur to save Freya against her will. As a result, she vows to “vent every pain, every violation imaginable” on Kratos, making her one of the two main villains in Ragnarok.
Kratos reveals his past to Atreus, who then ascends the mountain and completes the quest by scattering Frey’s ashes. At the top of the mountain, they also discover the giants Jotnar foresaw their entire journey, and Kratos sees a mural of what might be to come: a dying Kratos being possessed by Atreus hold, a snake emerges from the mouth of the latter.
In a final reveal, we learn that Atreus is actually the deceitful Loki. A post-production sequence then establishes Ragnarok’s other major villain: Thor.
The game is totally worth your while, because there are much There are many twists, turns, and memorable character introductions throughout, but for brevity, we’ve stuck to the most important events. A more in-depth summary of the story can be found in the video below.
Gameplay of God of War Ragnarok
Like 2018’s God of War, Ragnarok will descend and flow smoothly between the “big bosses of the show”, smaller-scale brawls, and quieter moments between Kratos and Atreus. While that pacing will be familiar, the combat options in those moments have been expanded, as evidenced in Ragnarok’s gameplay trailer, which introduces new attack abilities for Kratos and a Million New Runic Recovery for Atreus.
As listed on Ragnarok’s PS . Store page, Kratos will gain access to his Leviathan Ax, Blade of Chaos, and Guardian Shield “along with a host of new abilities”. Among those new abilities is how Kratos uses Blades of Chaos for vertical purposes: Blades can be used as a grappling hook to extend altitude (á la Halo Infinite) and close the distance between enemies (á la Mortal Kombat). See for yourself:
Kratos will also have a bunch of new Norse creatures to utilize those abilities. A new enemy we saw in the gameplay trailer is a centaur-like creature called The Stalker (see below). We also got a glimpse of the giant wolf Fenrir in the most recent CG trailer, though time will tell whether he’s friend or foe.
One final addition to the transmission worth mentioning is the introduction Speki and SvannaWolves are seen dragging Kratos and Atreus across the frozen Kowloon Lake in the aforementioned gameplay trailer.
Latest news about God of War Ragnarok
The most notable part of the Ragnarok news that we did not mention above is change directorDirector Cory Barlog of: God of War 2018 has handed power to Eric Williams, a veteran of the franchise who is credited as the designer of the previous game. Barlog said that Williams played a key role in taking the series in its new direction, calling him “a sounding console and also testing the boundaries”.
Another change in the sequel is a greater commitment to accessibility: Santa Monica Studio has promised more than 60 accessibility options in Ragnarokincludes full controller customization, automatic movements (sprints, ramps, etc.), navigation aids, and improved options for captions.
Barlog has also confirmed Ragnarok will mark the end of the series ‘Norse saga. That’s something of a surprise considering the success of the first game, but for Barlog, the point is not to stretch the story too long past a trilogy: “We’re talking about a period of time. almost fifteen years of a single story and I feel like it’s too intense. I feel like we’re asking too much to say that finishing the story really took that long… it just felt so long. “
Most recently, we learned that Dark Horse will be releasing a God of War Ragnarok Art Book with the game on Nov. 9. The book features hundreds of pages of concept art, developer commentary, and other behind-the-scenes content.
During the development of Ragnarok, Sony also announced a TV show God of War for Prime Video. Little is known about the series, although it is said that live-action. According to a report published in March, the TV adaptation could come from the creators The Expanse.
For more, check out our breakdown of all four God of War version Ragnarok available for pre-order.