Kratos and Atreus’s Viking adventure continues in God of War Ragnarök, the follow-up which will continue beyond the original game’s defeat of Baldur, son of Odin and Freya, and Thor’s sons, Modi and Magni.
We don’t know much beyond the game’s first trailer, which was released in September 2021 and revealed that it will be set a few years after the events of the original.
But the name Ragnarök suggests a larger scale than the PS4 game, and it’s of course likely that the Norse pantheon will be destroyed.
Players will be able to visit all of the Nine Realms in Ragnarok, as opposed to six in the previous game. The game will include Vanaheim, Svartalfheim, and Asgard, which were unreachable in the 2016 title. Locations from the last game will also have new areas to visit.
Read on for what we know so far about the God of War Ragnarök release date, story and more.
God of War Ragnarök release date
The God of War Ragnarök release date is still on track for 2022, one of the game’s lead developers recently confirmed.
The video led to some concern that the God of War Ragnarök release date could have slipped. However, the game’s animation director Bruno Velazquez later confirmed: “Ragnarok is coming this year.”
It was later claimed by a Bloomberg report that God of War Ragnarök will be released in November. Reporter Jason Schreier cited “three people familiar with the game’s development”, and claimed they said the game is due for a November release.
God of War Ragnarök was originally scheduled for release in 2021, but last June developer Santa Monica Studio said it had been pushed to 2022 to help the studio deliver “a top-quality game while maintaining the safety and wellbeing” of its team.
God of War Ragnarök gameplay trailer
Sony published the first God of War Ragnarök gameplay trailer in September 2021.
The trailer reveals that Ragnarök will be set a few years after the events of its 2018 predecessor, when the freezing winds of Fimbulwinter have come to Midgard.
“While the last game built an enormous amount of trust and understanding between father and son, there is still a great deal of complexity in their interactions – especially after the revelation of Atreus’ Giant heritage and the hidden prophecy only Kratos saw,” Sony said.
“Atreus is desperately curious. Like most young people, he wants to understand who he is more than anything. In this case, he wants to understand who he could be. The mystery of Loki’s role in the upcoming conflict is something that Atreus cannot let go of.”
God of War Ragnarök story
Little was revealed about the God of War Ragnarök story in its most recent trailer.
We do at least have a brief overview of what to expect, as described by Santa Monica Studio’s senior community manager Grace Orlady back when the trailer was originally released.
According to Orlady, there is still a great deal of complexity between Kratos and his son – especially after the revelation of Atreus’ Giant heritage and the hidden prophecy only Kratos saw.
“Kratos, still bearing the knowledge of his past mistakes, wants to spare Atreus the bloody lessons he learned from his conflict with gods,” they said. “He wants to keep his son safe, above all, and their confrontation with Baldur has vindicated the belief that only tragedy will come from further entanglements with the Aesir.”
It’s not yet clear what will happen when and if Ragnarök does happen in the game. In Norse legend, Ragnarök follows a string of events, including the death of Baldr (Baldur) at the hands of the treacherous Loki, and ‘Fimbulvetr,’ an extra-long winter that heralds the arrival of the end times (as we left Kratos and Atreus last time, Fimbulvetr had already begun).
When Ragnarök begins, the seas flood the land, mountains collapse and the sun and moon are eaten by cosmic wolves. Loki breaks free from imprisonment and rises against the gods, and fire-giant king Surtr invades Asgard, Odin’s kingdom. Then basically everyone dies.
We assume God of War won’t quite take things this far, not least because the ending of all existence isn’t a shrewd move for the future of the franchise. And Santa Monica Studio isn’t exactly attempting a faithful retelling of Norse mythology.
Latest God of War Ragnarök news
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