It’s clear from the gameplay trailer that things in Ragnarök are taking some evolutionary steps – we can tell from the glimpses of combat we get. First, Atreus now appears to have summoning abilities, at one point riding a spectral deer.
Kratos has a ton of new abilities of his own, including a grapple-hook-style move set, and presumably, we won’t have to wait too long before we get our hands on the Blades of Chaos this time around. There are also several new enemies to fight, including the aforementioned crocodile-like Dreki and the return of centaurs (hopefully, their deaths won’t be as gruesome as in God of War III).
The world is expanding geographically, too – God of War will have us visit six of the nine realms of Norse myth in 2018, but Ragnarök will expand that to run the gamut, and we’ll see glimpses of vibrant and bustling cities in the trailer. That’s a new look for God of War, and we wonder if it could allow for more dialogue and characterful quests.
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There are also times when Kratos takes a dog-pulled sled to the icy waters and returns to the boating that was so prominent in the last game, so it’s clear we’ll be crossing big maps again.
Other than that, we don’t know much more, but sounds from Santa Monica Studio indicate that the game will be bigger than its prequel in most ways, so we’re also assuming there will be another expanded crafting system and weaponry someday. Be an upgrade tree.
God of War: Ragnarok release – When will the game come out?
God of War: Ragnarok was revealed at the end of the PlayStation 5 showcase in September 2020. An exact release date has not been announced at the time of writing, but it is now clear that the game will not be released until next year. Sony has postponed the God of War: Ragnarok release to 2022. At the same time, it has been announced that the game will still be released on PlayStation 4.
We may get more information and even a trailer in August because PlayStation is rumored to be organizing a digital event then. So a little patience.
God of War: Ragnarok Story and Setting – Where does the game take place?
Note: The following paragraphs contain spoilers for those who haven’t played God of War (2018) yet!
In the previous game, the god of war, Kratos, has left the exhausting battle with the Greek gods and is building a new life in Midgard. However, his second wife Faye has passed away. He must now fulfill the role of father and mentor to his son Atreus without her. He struggled with his bloody past results in a Spartan upbringing with no room for mistakes and emotions. In their quest to scatter Faye’s ashes on the highest peak of the Nine Realms, there is an inescapable duality between humanity and divinity. After many upheavals through different worlds and the necessary confrontations with meddling mythical creatures, the truth finally emerges: Atreus comes to realize that as the son of a Greek god and Nordic giant, he is much more than just a mortal.
In the secret ending of God of War, where you go back to Midgard during the credits, some hints of the course of the story are already given. So it is clear that Faye wanted to name her son Loki. Once home, Kratos and Atreus take their well-deserved rest. This is followed by a shortcut scene in which a not too friendly-looking stranger stands at the door, accompanied by lightning bolts and a hammer at the ready. Immediately afterward, father and son wake up again, and nothing seems to be wrong. Atreus tells of his strange dream in which Fimbulwinter had ended, and Thor came to visit them. Was it a dream? Or was it a look to the future? In any case, it’s a strong hint of what to expect in God of War: Ragnarok.
Sindri, Brok, and Mimir, among others, refer to a terrible winter that is ahead. In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is the legend of the end times. It is ushered in with Fimbulwinter, in which the human world becomes covered with snow, ice and darkness. Anarchy turns everyone against each other, several catastrophic disasters follow, and there is an invasion of evil mythical creatures. As if that wasn’t enough, the gods, giants, and other legendary creatures also get into a fight. Salient detail: the deceitful god Loki (and who knows, who knows, Atreus) plays a prominent role. Although opinions differ on the exact interpretations of this legend and writer Cory Balrog will undoubtedly give it his twist, the battle between order and chaos at least promises to be central to God of War: Ragnarok.
The previous God of War game took you through Midgard (Human World), Alfheim (Elf World), Jötunheim (Giant World), Helheim (Hell), Niflheim (Mist), and Muspelheim (Fire World) as Kratos. However, Norse mythology consists of nine realms. After all, anyone who paid attention while traveling through the Realm Travel Room saw a few blocked worlds. It is likely that in God of War: Ragnarok, you will at least revisit Midgard, but who knows, this time Asgard (Aesir world of gods), Vanaheim (Vanir world of gods), and Svartalfheim (Dwarf world) will also pass in review.