God of War Ragnarok is finally official – the game’s name has long been adopted and the rumor mill worked hard to dissuade fans that Ragnarok would actually be the final suffix for the title. The game is already making some big promises: Developer Sony’s Santa Monica Studio has promised that the new game will complete the Nordic storyline from the 2018 God of War game … so you know the stakes will be high.
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The fans’ appetite for the game is obviously also quite big: God Of War Ragnarok currently has the most views of all trailers released at the Sony PlayStation Showcase on September 9th. Million hit count, that’s impressive. God of War: Ragnarok currently has over 10 million views, closely followed by Spider-Man 2 with 9 million. Who said that fans’ desire for Sony exclusive products is waning?
The game continues more or less directly from the previous title, with Kratos and Atreus venturing back into the old Nordic world and trying to put a stop to the world end of the same name, Ragnarok. For everything you need to know about the game – including the release date of God of War Ragnarok – read below.
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Release date of God of War Ragnarok
At the Sony PlayStation Showcase on September 9, developer Sony Santa Monica and publisher PlayStation Studios announced that God of War Ragnarok had been postponed to 2022.
Previously, in a Q&A with Herman Hulst, head of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s global studios, it was announced that the game would be postponed to a certain period in 2022.
“So we currently have two very large, very narrative-driven games in development: Horizon Forbidden West and the next God of War,” said Hulst at the time. “For both, frankly, they are affected by access to performance tracking and talent. For Horizon, we think we are on the right track to release this holiday season. But that is not yet entirely certain, and we are working flat out to confirm this to you as soon as possible. “
“For God of War, the project started a little later. So we made the decision to postpone this game until next year to make sure Santa Monica Studio can deliver the amazing God of War game we all want to play. “
As it stands, God of War Ragnarok will launch sometime in 2022.
Release date of God of War Ragnarok
Grace Orlady, the senior manager of Santa Monica Studio, gave some key details on what to expect from the game when it launches on a PlayStation blog post.
“As you can see in the trailer, we’re picking up a few years after the events of God of War (2018). The icy winds of Fimbulwinter have reached Midgard and make survival for Kratos, Atreus and Mimir in the Nordic wilderness even more difficult than before. “
They added, “While the last game built a tremendous amount of trust and understanding between father and son, there is still a great deal of complexity in their interactions – especially after the reveal of Atreus’ Giant legacy and the hidden prophecy that came with the only seen Kratos. ”
The God Of War: Ragnarok trailer also revealed two of the game’s main antagonists. The first was Freya, who was an ally of Kratos in the previous game.
“We wanted to remind players that Freya is not only a terrifyingly powerful user of vanir magic, but also a formidable warrior. Angry about Kratos’ evasion of rights by her hand, Freya will use every weapon at her disposal against the murderer of her son. “
Ultimately, Thor was also exposed as an enemy who was “disparagingly referred to by Mimir as’ Greatest Butcher Bastard in the Nine Realms’ ‘by Odin’s Command.”
The story will take place across the entire Nine Realms this time – which means we will see Vanaheim, Svartalfheim, and Asgard this time too. These three were left out in the last game.
Is God of War Ragnarok coming to PS4?
God of War Ragnarok is likely to be a cross-platform release arriving on both PS4 and PS5. The game was explicitly reviewed by name by Herman Hulst in an interview in which it was stated that several games (previously considered exclusive to PlayStation 5) will also appear on PS4.
“Where it makes sense to develop a title for PS4 and PS5 – for Horizon Forbidden West, the next God of War, GT7 – we’ll look at that further,” said Hulst.
“And if PS4 owners want to play this game, they can. If they go ahead and play the PS5 version, this game will be there for them.”
It is very likely that both games will be released at the same time; Sony has not yet released a first-party PS4 / PS5 game that is not known to have a simultaneous release date on both platforms.
Development of God of War Ragnarok
God of war: Ragnarok. Photo credit: Santa Monica Studios
This will be the last game in the series in the Nordic arc. The director of God of War, Cory Balrog, explained in an interview with the YouTube channel Kaptain Cuba why the Nordic story is coming to an end.
“I think one of the main reasons is that the first game took five years, the second game, I don’t know how long it will take, but I just throw away that it was almost a similar time to do this , right, and then when you think wow a third one in the same time [amount of time], we’re talking about a span of almost 15 years of a single story and I feel like that’s just too long.
“I feel like we’re asking too much to say it takes so long to actually complete this story,” he said. “Given where the team was and where Erik was with what he wanted to do, I thought I think we can actually do this in the second story.”
“Most of what we tried from the start was to tell something about Kratos and Atreus. The core of the story is really the relationship between these two characters and the complexity radiates like waves in a pond. “
“And we could make it an ocean and pull these waves thousands of miles, but is it necessary and beneficial, or do we feel that they are just spreading too far, the waves are too far apart, and you sort by? to lose the plot a little. “
However, Barlog is not directing the sequel to his 2018 hit – that honor goes to Eric Williams instead. In an interview with GamesRadar, the new Game Director gave a little insight into how the new game is carried on from the themes of the original (and also touched on some new thematic outlines).
“If we stay true to what we did last time, it keeps the father-son relationship moving,” Williams told the website. “It doesn’t just stop like, ‘Oh, we finished this for mom, we’re good.’ No, a lot more happens in life and it goes on. “
“The last time it was a child with a lot of adults talking. That’s like, well, there are different perspectives. We’re going to see it from a kid’s perspective in the world and figure out things that they thought were black and white, or maybe a lot more gray and a lot more family dynamics.
God of war: Ragnarok. Photo credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment
God of War Ragnarok cast
While many actors will repeat their roles from the previous game, God of War: Ragnarok will also introduce some new talent into the mythological world. The two main characters are of course represented by the same actors as in the last game (Christopher Judge returns as Kratos and Sunny Suljic is Atreus) and they are accompanied by the following actors:
- Freya – Danielle Bisutti
- Thor – Ryan Hurst
- Odin – Richard Schiff
- Angrboda – Laya Hayes
- Tyr – Ben Prendergast
- Mimir – Alastair Duncan
- Sindri – Adam Harrison
- Brok – Robert Craighead
- Durlin – Usman ally