(Pocket-lint) – Ragnarök is coming! The next God of War is on its way imminently, and promises to build on the superb 2018 reboot.
It looks absolutely gorgeous, for starters, and is set to continue the story of Kratos and Atreus some years after the end of the last game.
Keep reading to find out all the key details you need to know, but be warned – this article contains some spoilers for the end of the last game!
God of War Ragnarök: Trailers and release date
To skip to the juicy part for you, we now know that God of War Ragnarök will launch on 9 November 2022, so that’s the date to mark in your diaries after it was revealed in the short trailer below.
Scrolling back a bit in the timeline, Sony gave us a proper show in September 2021 when it used its Showcase event as the chance to show off Ragnarök properly for the first time – we knew the game was on its way, but didn’t have a title much less gameplay.
Previously we’d had a teaser which you can find below – released almost exactly a year before the latest trailer, and confirming almost nothing.
However, one thing it did give us was an initial release window of 2021, which we know was then delayed. The global pandemic can largely be given the blame, but we don’t yet have an official release date to hang it on.
Subsequently, multiple Tweets from higher-ups at the game’s developer, repeatedly confirmed a 2022 release, which has now been confirmed as you’ll have read above.
God of War Ragnarök comes out this year.
— Blue Owlz: Medic (@BlueOwlzMedic) March 24, 2022
Ragnorok is coming this year.
— Bruno Velazquez (@brunovelazquez) April 20, 2022
The most bombastic trailer so far debuted in a State of Play presentation in September 2022, and you can watch it below. It features glimpses of some truly astonishing sights that we’ll see on our journey with Kratos and Atreus.
God of War Ragnarök platforms
While the game was properly shown off during a showcase stream that was all about the PlayStation 5, subsequent information has revealed that Ragnarök will not in fact be a PS5 exclusive – it’ll also come out for the PS4.
That is no great surprise since the footage does indeed look like a shinier version of the last game, rather than a huge technical leap forward. While it might disappoint some next-gen owners, this will also help Sony to reach a far wider audience given the PS4’s huge install base.
If you’re curious about how it’ll perform on each platform, you can check out the Tweet below to get a peek at the game’s graphical performance options – there are quite a few!
With #GodofWarRagnarok right around the corner, we’re happy to share all of the graphics modes that will be available to you across PS5, PS4 Pro, and PS4!
Check out all the options below to learn about each mode’s resolution and FPS. pic.twitter.com/ribAoDkETb
— Santa Monica Studio – God of War Ragnarök (@SonySantaMonica) November 3, 2022
God of War Ragnarök: Story
The end of 2018’s God of War contained a fair few rapid-fire revelations, so stop reading if you haven’t finished it!
At the close of the game, we’ve found out that Atreus was named Loki at birth, suggesting he himself is a part of the Norse pantheon that Kratos has been trying so hard to hide from. The death of Baldur triggers the beginning of Fimbulwinter, a plague of ice that precedes the world-ending Ragnarök itself.
From the first trailer for Ragnarök, we can see that a few years have passed and Atreus has grown up a bit, into his awkward teenage years. It’s clear that the Norse gods are coming for Kratos, not least Freya who is still in mourning for Baldur – and in the background, the presence of Thor can’t be ignored.
Mimir, your friendly talking head from the last game, is returning, and from the sounds of it he’s cooking up a plan to free the imprisoned Tyr, Norse mythology’s own god of war, to get him to help you push back against the other gods. Whether that will work as simply as it sounds, we’ll let you be the judge.
In October 2022, a couple of weeks before the game’s release, its developers uploaded a really interesting video feature showcasing how Ragnarök’s story has been developed, and what players can expect from it.
Things look really impressive, and there are plenty of glimpses of story moments that promise emotional development, and performances that should push that barriers of what you can expect from a game.
God of War Ragnarök: Gameplay
It’s clear from the gameplay trailer that things are taking some evolutionary steps in Ragnarök – we can see that in the glimpses of combat that we get. For one, Atreus seems to now have summoning abilities, riding on a spectral stag at one point.
Kratos has a bunch of new abilities himself, including a grapple-hook style movement set, and presumably this time we won’t have to wait too long before we get our hands on the Blades of Chaos. There are also clearly diverse new enemies to fight, including the above crocodile-like Dreki and the return of centaurs (hopefully their deaths won’t be quite as gruesome as in God of War III).
The world is also expanding in geographical terms – God of War in 2018 let us visit six of the nine realms of Norse myth, but Ragnarök will expand that to run the full gamut, and we see glimpses of active and bustling towns in the trailer. That’s a new look for God of War, and we wonder if it could make for more dialogue and characterful questlines.
There are also moments where Kratos takes to a dog-pulled sledge to cross iced-over water, along with returns to the boating that was so prominent in the last game, so it’s clear that we’ll be traversing large maps once again.
Beyond that, we don’t know a vast amount more, but the noises coming from Santa Monica Studio indicate that the game is going to be bigger than its prequel in most ways you can think of, so we’d also assume there will once again be an extensive crafting system and weapon upgrade tree.
To find out a bit more about the game, you can check out the PlayStation Blog post unveiling it.
Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.