God of War Ragnarok is now official; for a long time, the name of the game was presumed, and the rumor mill worked hard to convince fans that Ragnarok would not be the game’s final suffix.
So you know the stakes are high: Sony’s Santa Monica Studio has stated that the upcoming game will conclude the Norse plot from the 2018 God of War game, so you know the game will be challenging.
God of War Ragnarok’s Release Date
The release date for God of War Ragnarok is slated for November 9, 2022. Sony’s Santa Monica Studio announced the release date with a new CGI trailer depicting Kratos and Atreus battling a wave of enemies before meeting Fenrir, a massive wolf.
In a blog post published on 6 July, Santa Monica Studio announced that pre-orders for the game will commence on 15 July. In addition, the site describes numerous distinct versions of the game, including a collector’s edition that includes a 16-inch model of Thor’s hammer.
The stated release date is fantastic news for fans, who have been awaiting news about the game’s release for months. God of War Ragnarok has been postponed until 2022, Sony Santa Monica and PlayStation Studios announced at the Sony PlayStation Showcase on September 9.
Herman Hulst, head of worldwide studios at Sony Interactive Entertainment, addressed the pushback during a Q&A.
Hulst noted at the time, “We are now developing two extremely large, narrative-driven games: Horizon: Forbidden West and the next God of War.” “For each of these, access to performance capture and talent has a direct impact. We believe Horizon will be released during the holiday season. However, we are making every effort to confirm it for you as quickly as possible.
“The development of God of War began a little later. To ensure that Santa Monica Studio can produce the incredible God of War game that we all want to play, we’ve decided to delay the release of this game until 2019.
Check out the God of War Ragnarok reveal trailer below. It displays gameplay, along with the new setting and plot details.
Why the delay?
Christopher Judge, the voice actor for Kratos, disclosed that the 2019 release of God Of War: Ragnarok was delayed owing to an illness he endured. On Twitter, Judge remarked, “Ragnarok was delayed because of me” and revealed that in 2019 he was unable to walk due to major health concerns.
The sickness necessitated “back surgery, both hip replacements, and knee surgery,” as well as rehabilitation, for which Sony Santa Monica waited. The judge stated that he had “nothing but love and support” from Sony Santa Monica, who “never mentioned the delay and the reason for it.”
What Should We Anticipate From God of War Ragnarok?
In a PlayStation Blog post, Grace Orlady, the senior manager of Santa Monica Studio, has already hinted at some of the game’s most important features.
“As the teaser reveals, we pick up a few years after the events of God of War” (2018). Fimbulwinter has arrived in Midgard, making Kratos, Atreus, and Mimir’s survival in the Norse wilderness even more difficult than before.”
She continued, “While the last game established a tremendous amount of trust and understanding between father and son, there is still a great deal of intricacy in their interactions, especially with the revelation of Atreus’ Giant ancestry and the hidden prophecy that only Kratos witnessed.”
The God Of War: Ragnarok teaser unveiled two of the game’s primary adversaries. The first was Kratos’s ally from the last game, Freya. “We wanted to remind players that Freya is not only a frighteningly potent Vanir magic user but also a formidable warrior in her own right. Freya, enraged by Kratos’ avoidance of justice at her hands, will employ every available weapon against her son’s murderer.
Thor was also revealed as an adversary: “Mimir disparagingly referred to him as the “Biggest Butchering Bastard in the Nine Realms,” yet Thor earned his title as one of the most powerful Aesir gods by destroying practically all the Giants at Odin’s behest.”
This time, the plot will span the entirety of the Nine Realms, thus we will also encounter Vanaheim, Svartalfheim, and Asgard. These three were left out of the last game.
When Kratos returns, he will have access to a number of shields that can affect his abilities as a god-slayer. Ragnarok director Eric Williams revealed in an interview with YouTuber Jon Ford that the sequel will contain “various shields, and they have different defensive options and skills”
“The reason we’re doing this is that we want to give you more creative control over how you design Kratos, his equipment, and loadout,” Williams explained. “Right down to the defense, so you can play a little differently, and foes will know how to respond, forcing you into circumstances where you must employ new things.”
In a recent GI cover story, in which developers contributed to film and material, new battle details were revealed. First, the triangle button no longer simply summons back the Leviathan Axe; it now also activates potent abilities. While holding the axe, players can now press the triangle to activate Frost Awakening and Whiplash. This imparts ice to the axe and fire to the Blades Of Chaos. Then, further harm may be done.
Will God of War: Ragnarok be Available on PS4?
God of War: Ragnarok will be released on both the PS4 and PS5. Herman Hulst specifically mentioned the game in an interview in which he stated that numerous games previously believed to be PlayStation 5 exclusives will also be released on PS4.
“Wherever it makes sense to build a game for both PS4 and PS5, such as Horizon: Forbidden West, the next God of War, and GT7, we will continue to do so,” added Hulst.
“And PS4 owners can play the game if they so choose. If they desire to play the PS5 version, it will be available to them.”
It is quite likely that both titles will launch at the same time; Sony has not yet launched a first-party PS4/PS5 game that did not launch simultaneously on both platforms.
Will it be Released on PC Platforms?
Unknown at this time is whether or not God of War Ragnarok will be available on PC. In recent years, Sony has begun releasing its first-party titles on PC shortly after their initial release. God of War was released on PC a few years after its initial release, so it’s possible that the same will occur here.