First look at God of War Ragnarök

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First look at God of War Ragnarök

Santa Monica Studio discusses the new God of War Ragnarök trailer.  

We couldn’t be more excited here at Santa Monica Studio to finally share our first real look at God of War Ragnarök with all the fans who have been very patiently waiting for an update!   

First look at God of War Ragnarök

As you can see in the trailer, we’re picking up a few years after the events of God of War (2018). The freezing winds of Fimbulwinter have come to Midgard, making survival for Kratos, Atreus, and Mimir in the Norse wilds even more challenging than before.  

While the last game built an enormous amount of trust and understanding between father and son, there is still a great deal of complexity in their interactions – especially after the revelation of Atreus’ Giant heritage and the hidden prophecy only Kratos saw.  

Atreus is desperately curious. Like most young people, he wants to understand who he is more than anything. In this case, he wants to understand who he could be. The mystery of Loki’s role in the upcoming conflict is something that Atreus cannot let go of. He wants to keep his family safe, but Atreus also doesn’t want to stand by and do nothing while conflict consumes the Nine Realms.  

Kratos, still bearing the knowledge of his past mistakes, wants to spare Atreus the bloody lessons he learned from his conflict with gods. He wants to keep his son safe, above all, and their confrontation with Baldur has vindicated the belief that only tragedy will come from further entanglements with the Aesir.  

Together, Kratos and Atreus will have to make a choice about which path they will take. Whatever they choose will define the fate of all those living in the Nine Realms as Ragnarök approaches.

Agony and Vengeance  

We show a brief look at two of the main antagonists you’ll face in God of War Ragnarök: Freya and Thor. 

Because of Kratos’ actions at the end of the previous game, the once-ally-turned-enemy Freya has sworn vengeance for the death of her son, Baldur.  

We wanted to remind players that Freya isn’t just a terrifyingly powerful user of Vanir magic, but also that she’s a formidable warrior in her own right. Enraged by Kratos’ evasion of justice by her hand, Freya will turn every weapon at her disposal towards her son’s killer.  

Also suffering the loss of his sons and half-brother, Thor’s legendary bloodlust and wrath will be aimed at Kratos and Atreus.   

Referred to disparagingly by Mimir as the “Biggest Butchering Bastard in the Nine Realms,” Thor earned his title as one of the most powerful Aesir gods by wiping out nearly all the Giants at Odin’s command.  

While we don’t want to give too much away right now, we think even a peek at Mjölnir wreathed in lightning will give you a hint at just how formidable Thor will be as an adversary.

You Have My Axe 

It would not be God of War without a healthy serving of visceral and spectacular combat. You’ve been able to see just a hint of new attack abilities, a new Runic Summon for Atreus, and of course, the return of Kratos’ legendary weapons.

As a team we’ve worked hard to take our learnings from God of War (2018) and improve upon combat to feel fresh, yet familiar. With God of War Ragnarök, one of our main goals was to push player choice in combat. Whether it’s through hard hitting combos, a mastery of elements, or clever defensive tactics – you will find plenty of opportunity to fight alongside our duo in a way that feels uniquely expressive. 

Whatever your choice of combat strategy, the enemies that await in God of War Ragnarök will be ready. The realms have grown harsher, and a whole host of new creatures from across Norse mythology will test your skills. From the trailer you can see what happens when Kratos finds himself under the hooves of the Stalker or grabbed between the jaws of a Dreki, and that’s just the beginning.  

With an expanded cast of adversaries, we aim to keep each combat encounter memorable from the smallest brawls to the big show-stopper bosses! We can’t wait to show you more as we get closer to release. 

Onward to Asgard 

Fans who played the last game know they were able to visit six of the Nine Realms during their journey. In God of War Ragnarök, you will be able to visit all nine!  

God of War Ragnarök will take you to the previously unreachable Vanaheim, Svartalfheim, and Asgard – as well as to new areas from locations featured in the last game. Exploring the realms will take you everywhere from verdant, otherworldly jungles to intricate subterranean mining networks.  

This next installment in the series will bring you a more diverse, beautiful, and mysterious variety of locations than in any other God of War game.  

See You Next Year!  

We’re so happy to finally be able to share a small taste of what we’ve been working on over at Santa Monica Studio since the release of God of War in 2018.  

As always, we’re fans of our fans. We can’t wait to see all the discussion, art, videos, and cosplay that you create. Make sure you tag us on social or use #GodOfWarRagnarok so we can see (and share) your amazing work!  

Your support for the series and our studio has been a pillar of strength for us during every moment of development on this title. Thank you to everyone in the God of War community for continuing to believe in this project and our team. We can’t wait to share more as we get closer to the 2022 release of God of War Ragnarök on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

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  • Finally glad we got confirm the game is called Ragnarok

  • Yessir give me all the gow’s remastered on ps5!

  • The only game that looked worth buying shown on the big Playstation hyped up future of Ps5 and Spiderman 2, and maybe Horizon 2 if it has a better story than the first one

  • Looking forward to this game immensely 😁

  • We can’t wait to play this awesome game 👀❤️🔥

  • God of war Ragnarok 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

  • Sin duda alguna es mi videojuego favorito y como siempre Sony y Santa Monica no me decepciona solo ya quiero tener una ps5 y disfrutar mas aun el viaje a los 9 reinos y mejor aun ser parte de este viaje con ambición porque llegue el lanzamiento de #GodOfWarRagnarok

  • Just as I expected! All 9 realms! Makes sense that the game is on PS4 and PS5 as they only had to add 3 realms and re-work other areas for the sequel.

    They shouldn’t have shown who you rescue in this game. But otherwise, I’m excited to kill Thor, take his hammer, and hopefully take the fight to Odin at the end. I don’t see the need for the Norse mythology aspect to be a trilogy if this is called Ragnarok lol.

  • Only thing that bothers me is that Kratos looks small

    • He is not that small. i believe Kratos is about 180cm and Tyr (who is the Norse God of War) is of the giant race with a height of 250cm

  • God of War games are the best! Really excited for it! 😍🤩

  • Also for Ps4 Right?

    • right 👍🏼

    • By “you should do it on PS5”, you mean PC, right? 😜

    • @Misseryprincess, keep crying xbot, GOW Ragnarok will pipe everything in the 2022 GOTYs 🤣

    • @MiseryPrincess By “PC, right”, you mean Santa Monica should have to delay the game by 5 months because they are forced to work on a PC game, millions didn’t ask for, for a few more pitiful thousand sales?

      Am I doing the stupid dumb face correct?

    • You don’t think this more than likely this will be on PC? Which, historically is always the best performance (and cheapest version). Sony still haven’t learnt that PC ports aren’t great incentives, and aren’t likely going to any time soon.

      The Game awards will be won by whoever pays the most money as usual. Or Nintendo, it’s always Nintendo somehow.

      Some of you need to go lie down and calm down a crapton. Oh dear. Poor grandad angry at emojis again. 😂

    • “Best performance on PC”, but of course you forgot the small print of “only on high-end PC that need to be upgraded every year or two to get that best performance”. Every medium and low PC is not going to get the best performance.

      I’ve seen people barely getting stable 60 fps on Red Dead Redemption 2, 1440p or 1080p (makes little difference in this game) despite having RTX 3070. Granted, they keep settings maxed out but still.

      In order to get the best performance, you need to constantly upgrade PC. And that’s problematic in USA, let alone other countries of the world…

  • Very interested to see what’s next for kratos and atreus

  • I guess in this game we go in the direction of wolf… wow Atreus looks amazing!

  • It’s concerning this game doesn’t even have a release year when it was first announced to be coming out in 2021. I’m gonna say March 2023.

    • According to the blog you’re commenting on:

      “We can’t wait to share more as we get closer to the 2022 release of God of War Ragnarök on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.”

      This is in accord with a letter from Santa Monica stating that the release for the sequel to God of War (2018) would be delayed from 2021 to 2022.

    • The funniest thing is, back in Sep 2020 they said “Ragnorok is coming” and then “2021”.
      They could have meant the first gameplay is coming in 2021 lol.

  • Please be available for ps4🙏🙏

    • Hermen Hulst already admitted it 9 months later that it was a game being constrained to PS4 hardware…….. 9 long months after thr game was revealed at a PS5 launch date and price announcement showcase.

      Man, remember that terrible, made to look like an “interview”, blog post. It backfired sooooo hard.
      Every website within an hour took the only thing that mattered.
      “Jim Ryan lied about ‘at PlayStation we believe in generations'” and “GOW2 and GT7 are confirmed PS4 games”.

      Sony actually thought that this was a quiet way to reveal the information and nobody would notice. And that was the ultimate start of all the horrendous revelations since. We can hardly go a week without the higher ups announcing something else greedy or developer time wasting.

    • @brynak75 it will not be “million times better in ps5”. There will be slight graphical differences. Ps4 still rock. You can see it from rdr2 and last of us part2

    • Well of course it won’t be “million times better on PS5” when the game is held back by PS4… they can’t release both versions and have one look terrible. It’d be another Watch Dogs which was a decent game but suffered because of cross-gen.

  • Man… So many Questions of what would happen. Also, hopefully is for next year this game. Can wait

  • The most perfect game in history will arrive in 2022. I am extremely looking forward to playing.

  • So when is this release, next year? Can’t come soon enough…

  • Finally!!! The storm is coming! And I can’t wait to see what unfolds for Kratos and Atreus!

  • This looks fantastic! Good job Sony Santa Monica!!! You all rock!

  • The game looks amazing, can’t wait to play it!

  • I hope that I can manage to get a PS5 during this winter in order to play it ………………………

  • The PS5 exclusive freatures are nices

  • The trailer was freaking awesome,had to be Santa Monica to be able to live up to the fans’ hype.I watched 3 times in a row…Kratos looks so damn cool with that black fur on him…he looks like a king.That fight with Freya was already epic and we barely saw a glimpse,can’t wait to see her becoming friends with Kratos again cuz well that’s predictable…everything looks great.Can’t wait and in a time where I’m becoming unable to get hyped for games anymore,y’all just got me hyped…ha I might pre-order this bad boy.

    PS:Just hope we finally get an explanation as to how Kratos got in the norse mythology/realm.The girl at the end saying “you’ll get your answers soon enough”…hope that hint was referring to this.

  • God of Puzzles return with same gameplay, just new terrain and enemies to kill. Like the previous game, not a single puzzle was included in the trailer. But when you buy the game and realize that you spend 50% of the game time trying to solve stupid puzzles, 30% to find the right direction and 20% to the badass battles shown on the trailer. Yeah … hype ….

    • As someone who dislikes puzzles, they were very tame in GOW 2018.

    • Gow 2018 had puzzles? Oh yeah, there was I that took me a while to figure out.

      Also you have an uncharted pfp complaining about puzzles. You are joking right?
      This has to be some troll and I am missing the joke, right?

  • Looks awesome. Please include a 60fps mode. We can’t go back to 30fps on PS5.

    • That’s a no brainer given its a PS4 game.

      However that means nothing when you consider how awesome Insomniac is and their PS5 only game, Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart, that had MULTIPLE 60fps modes with ray tracing.

      Oh wait, Insomniac is the extreme exception. Even their “remaster” of Spiderman is the only paid for upgrade that ALSO had full ray tracing support.

      Absolute zero ray tracing for Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding and now Uncharted’s paid remaster ports though.

  • The trailer was incredible. Anyone from Santa Monica Studio can respond. Blink if there’s a limited edition Ragnarok PS5 console…..

  • Did anyone pick up on the fact Cory Barlog isn’t directing it? No? Okay…… ahem

    Cory Barlog is NOT directing God of War Ragnorok.

  • Is it only for ps5?

  • And hope the worlds are a lot bigger this time.

  • I can’t wait to play God of War: Ragnarök .
    I hope more information will be released soon And as soon as we can play …

  • Another game on my list to buy

  • Omg. I can’t wait to get the game. I love god of war.

  • Can someone please tell me when it be out I’m begging of you

  • Looks amazing, I will be waiting for the superior edition (PC) to play this game.

  • My most anticipated game without a doubt. It being the finale of Norse Saga is surprising as the first game hinted at a lot more stuff to come, either this game is going to be huge or rushed! Though I do trust SSM to deliver an epic game.

  • Very good
    Please place God Of War Ragnarok as soon as possible to pre-order
    We would like to pre-order this sooner.
    You really made PS4 fans happy
    Since you approved God Of War Ragnarok for PS4💎
    Thank you very much.❤

  • Who is the girl at the very end suppose to be? I should have known bs diversity and PC crap was going to be shoved into this game. Cory Barlog is a far left nutcase, check out his Twitter for reference, and apparently, he can no longer keep his woke trash politics out of his games. Way to taint one of the best franchises in gaming history.

    • It’s a teaser so no one who isn’t developing it knows who it is, it could be anyone.

      The only mystery is why you launched into some nutbag political tirade (against some guy not working on it) just because of a character being “non white”. Such things aren’t scary, shocking or cause for any kind of distress.

    • You don’t even know who Corey Barlog is, do you, big mouth? You obviously don’t know a thing about Norse or Nordic history, because if you did then you would know that some black teenager has no business being in this game, especially considering the character they chose for her. Why don’t you slither back over to Xbox where you belong.

    • You don’t even hide that you are racist do you? Do you keep a white hood in your closet or do you have it framed above your mantel? How does it feel to live in a world with people of other colors and ethnicities? Is it like “the worst?” If I was a mod in this forum, I would ban you from PSN just for being a racist ahole… and I would do it smiling too.

    • her name is Angrboða it is Loki’s norse wife and quit bringing politics into the game

    • nobody cares that she is black just play the game

    • You’re right on all accounts, probably won’t be buying this one…

  • Finally the Gods have spoken

  • J’ai tellement hâte d’y jouer ✨💖
    Hâte de retrouver Kratos et Atreus ainsi que les Dieux de la Mythologie nordique ❄️❄️❄️ ça va être une dinguerie 💥💥💥

  • goty novamente

  • I will wait for the PC version ;)

  • I’m glad we finally got to see a trailer. I know so many have been waiting forever for this

  • For God of War, thank you. For your hard work, thank you. For pushing the boundaries, for pushing yourselves, for pushing forward: thank you. I will buy this game day one. I will support you. I will be there. Thank you.

  • Hopefully we can transfer the item/rune/skill progress from the previous game. Would break the immersion otherwise, having Kratos dressed up in the default clothes after you completed the 1st with whatever set/build.

  • I hope kratos grabs Blades of Olympus in ragnarök.

  • when y’all going to show the full release date for all the games y’all show?

  • and what other games are going to be coming out next year or this year and what other games y’all going to showcase?

  • Uhhhh im literally hayped and everything but I’m scared of that prophecy thing that we’ve actually seen at jotunheim and when they mentioned it uhhh I don’t know anyway the game looks so good can’t wait…

  • Off topic. We need a system wide bug reporter, not just crash report. Make it as simple as posting a video to twitter. It has to go to the right people, and writing a report with a connected phone would be helpful. I have used twitter with hashtags and sent a lot of reports, but for the most part they have been unseen.

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