God of War: Ragnarok is coming, and you can expect it to land on PS5 consoles in 2021.
Sony dropped a teaser for the sequel to God of War at the end of the price / release date, confirming what we were all hoping for: a return of Kratos and his son, and still in the world of Norse mythology set in the previous game was visited.
We’ve had little to do over the years since the God of War game milestone first launched on PS4 – when we earned our Game Of The Year accolade – other than the series creative director Cory Barlog hints about a. .. colder location (via GamesRadar).
Not much is known about the game yet, other than that is come, and it will be called Ragnarok – the name for a cataclysmic series of events in Norse mythology, befitting a game where you almost certainly do great damage and killing Norse gods. (Yes, it’s also the name of a Marvel movie – and the name of a Netflix series. It’s a cool word, okay?)
So with that out of the way, we’ve gathered all the news and rumors about the sequel to God of War for your consideration here.
God of War: Raganarok release date
We don’t know a definitive release date for the game, but we do know it’s coming in 2021.
The short teaser suggests that the gameplay isn’t ready to show off, suggesting that we’re looking towards late 2021 instead of early 2021 – and probably after Horizon Forbidden West, which we’ve been looking at a lot more. Sony generally likes to spread its exclusive games.
God of War: Raganarok Trailer
The trailer dropped at the end of Sony’s livestream event in September and sports a brief logo and the words “Raganarok is coming”.
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God of War: Raganarok News and Rumors
God of War: Ragnarok was briefly teased at the end of the PS5 Showcase event on September 16, where Sony also announced the price and release date of the next generation PS5 console.
Cory Barlog also turned his Twitter header into an edited Latin script – and his Twitter avatar into a photo of ice. It suggests that we are moving further north, and into colder climates …
As noted by GamesRadarSIE Santa Monica Studio posted job vacancies last year for a number of positions in the programming, art, design and engineering arts teams – with one entry clearly mentioning the God of War reboot.
Applicants for Senior combat designer “Must have knowledge of God of War (2018) and be able to speak in depth about combat systems, mechanics and enemies.”
A mention for Facial Blend Shape Character Artist also specifically mentions “next-gen video game platform experience” for the role: something that should scale down potential applicants to relatively few animators as the next generation of consoles has yet to launch.
The waters were slightly clouded with one Senior gameplay animator message, asking someone “to help us push the boundaries of action and combat movement and raise the bar for gameplay feel on PS4”.
God of War PS4 theme
A new dynamic theme appeared on PS4 in April 2019 to celebrate the anniversary of the God of War reboot. The theme featured Kratos and Atreus rowing, but the theme contained a secret message (discovered by eagle-eyed God of War fans on Reddit).
The boat the couple row in has runes on the side that translate (in English) to “Ragnarok is coming” – which we now know is a fairly official slogan for the game.
No God of War DLC
God of War director Corey Barlog had said there were originally plans for DLC for the 2018 reboot, but said they were being discontinued because they were “too ambitious”. That means the studio can invest resources in an entirely new game rather than post-launch content.
God of War 2: What We Want to See
[Warning: spoilers for the ending of God of War ahead.]
Inquisitive Which end further
At the end of God of War, we found out that Kratos ‘wife (and Atreus’ mother) Faye was actually a giant named Laufey. That means that Atreus is half God and half Giant and also has a completely different name: Loki. You know Loki, the impostor of Norse mythology.
Hopefully, God of War 2 will explore this further and learn more about Faye’s secret past, and why she kept it all a secret in the first place. We also hope that Atreus will embrace the shape-shifting abilities that Loki is notorious for, rather than simply standing on the sidelines and firing arrows at enemies.
Atreus is no longer a boy
The sequel to God of War may continue directly with the events of the previous game, but we think it would be more interesting to watch a teenage Atreus and grumpy dad Kratos go on an adventure.