The last God of War game was released in 2018 and marked a new beginning for the video game series. With fantastic graphics and fresh gameplay, the title impressed both loyal fans and newcomers.
Now, the new God of War should appear soon. But when will that happen? What can we expect from the gameplay and story of God of War Ragnarok? Here we collected all the information that is available about the game so far, including the release date and platforms.
When will God of War: Ragnarok be released?
The release of God of War Ragnarok has now been officially announced. According to Sony, the title will be released on November 9, 2022, which was accompanied by a short cinematic teaser.
Is it possible to pre-order God of War Ragnarok?
It is now possible to pre-order the new God of War. The game comes in a Standard Edition, where players get exclusive armor for Kratos and Atreus. The Collector’s Edition and the strictly limited Jotnar Edition contain even more bonuses.
What happens in the story of God of War: Ragnarok?
Warning: spoilers for the plot of God of War from 2018 follow. If you don’t know the end yet and want to remain spoiler-free, you should better sit down at the console first and catch up.
The long-awaited next part of the “God of War” series will be released under the title God of War Ragnarok, and that already speaks volumes. In Norse mythology, Ragnarok (or Ragnarök) represents the end of the world we know. The apocalypse shatters all known power structures and threatens not only humans but also the gods.
But how does that fit into God of War? Well, there’s Kratos’ campaign against the gods. He had actually renounced this, but in the last part the tragic hero lost his wife and fought, among other things, against Baldur, the god of the sun and justice. In addition, Baldur’s mother Freya (actually Frigga in the mythology) also appeared at the very end of the game, as well as Odin.
Odin and Freya will also be important characters, if not antagonists, in the next part. Probably the most important revelation of the predecessor was that Kratos’ own son Atreus is none other than Loki. He is actually not a god, but still plays an important role in Norse mythology. Mainly because it triggers Ragnarok.
So it’s conceivable that that’s exactly what will await us in God of War Ragnarok. Atreus learns his true destiny and threatens to bring disaster to the world. So Kratos faces a difficult task as a father, because he must either stop his own child or watch as everything goes down with him.
The predecessor also hinted that Kratos could die in the next part. If the self-proclaimed God of War really must face his end, this could be the last God of War title of its kind. However, Sony could also add another sophisticated twist that will turn things around for the better in the end.
How will the gameplay in God of War: Ragnarok be?
In terms of gameplay, God of War Ragnarok will be based heavily on its predecessor. There we were able to control Kratos in particular, but also Atreus in some scenes. The next part might go a step further.
Should Atreus (or rather Loki?) actually become the focus of the plot? He could well become the new main character. Unlike Kratos, Atreus primarily uses bows and arrows in battles, but also possesses magical abilities. However, he has not yet been able to exploit the potential of this talent.
Rumor has it that God of War Ragnarok will last around 40 hours. That would be almost twice as much as the predecessor, but definitely within the scope of a typical Sony exclusive title. Especially when God of War 4 takes place a little less linear and in a more open world.
How big will the game world of God of War Ragnarok be?
Along with the God of War Ragnarok release date, two Collector’s Editions have also been unveiled. The more expensive Jötnar edition includes, among other things, a map of the game world that shows all the worlds to be explored. These are:
We were already allowed to explore the first six worlds in the predecessor. Asgard, Svartalfheim and Vanaheim are expected to be new. However, to get to Asgard, one needs to cross the Bifrost (also known as the “Rainbow Bridge”). This connects Midgard, the human world, with the Norse world of gods Asgard.
However, during the end of the world Ragnarök, the Bifrost is destroyed by the sons of the giant Muspel, who also rules over Muspelheim. He is also the one who brings the devastating world conflagration to Asgard.
God of War Ragnarok: First Gameplay Scenes
Sony released the first gameplay scenes for God of War: Ragnarok as part of a Playstation Showcase. In it we see Kratos, who kills several opponents with powerful attacks. As expected, in a cutscene he also takes on Freya – or rather she takes on him.
However, Atreus in particular is the driving force behind the plot. Because the slightly older boy is looking for answers about himself and Ragnarok. This very quest could ultimately decide the fate of the world.
Is God of War Ragnarok coming to PS4 and PS5?
A burning question about God of War Ragnarok is whether PS4 players will be able to enjoy the title as well, or whether it will only be released for the next-gen console.
Even if Sony seems to be counting on making its own top titles PS5 exclusive games (see Horizon: Forbidden West), God of War 4 is also supposed to be released for the PlayStation 4. However, a free upgrade to the PS5 version is no longer offered.
Is God of War Ragnarok coming to PC?
God of War (2018) was released on PC in January 2022. For the first time, the game series is not exclusively available on the Playstation.
This could possibly mean that God of War Ragnarok will also be released for PC soon. However, there is currently no talk of a PC release. However, we would certainly like the title to find its way into the hands of PC gamers.