God of War Ragnarok – yes, that was the name all along – was the big finale of the PlayStation September showcase, giving us a meaty trailer packed with friends, foes, Daddy Kratos, and an Atreus that has been through a serious growth spurt.
The trailer gave us plenty of new details about the game, including new characters and plenty of potential plot points to mull over. For all that information, the release date, and everything else we know, keep reading.
God of War Ragnarok release date
Sony Santa Monica and PlayStation Studios recently announced that God of War Ragnarok has been delayed to 2022. As mentioned earlier, this wasn’t a huge surprise. The fact that we haven’t seen any gameplay, cinematics, story details, or even a proper trailer halfway into 2021 meant a delay was inevitable.
God of War Ragnarok story
The new God of War Ragnarok trailer gave us a good idea of what to expect from the story. Years have passed since the end of 2018’s God of War, evidenced by an older, more confident Atreus whose giant genes are starting to show.
Together father and son must face the impending Ragnarok – the legendary Norse version of an apocalypse – facing the enemies they made in God of War like Freya, new ones like Thor, and all as Kratos wrestles with his son’s rebellious streak and his knowledge of who Atreus really is. The story will take place across the Nine Realms – you only saw six in God of War – adding Vanaheim, Svartalfheim, and Asgard to the mix.
The trailer also introduces some intriguing new characters like Angrboda, who developer Sony Santa Monica has said is “one of the last remaining giants.” That big guy at the end? That’s Tyr, son of Odin, half-brother of Thor and Baldur, but imprisoned by his own father and so likely to want to settle the score with daddy.
If you’ve finished God of War but need a reminder of the ending to get up to speed, keep reading…
**SPOILERS FOR 2018’s GOD OF WAR AHEAD**
Seriously, spoilers. At the end of 2018’s God of War Kratos and Atreus discover that Faye, AKA Mrs Kratos, was actually a giant called Laufey, making Atreus half god and half-giant, and with another name: Loki. Yes, that Loki, the one from Norse mythology who is often portrayed as a trickster, sometimes with shapeshifting abilities. God of War played pretty fast and loose with Norse mythology but could offer some hints as to what’s to come.
Once that big revelation is out of the way, we’re told Fimbulwinter is coming. If you skipped your Norse mythology class – shame on you – then know that this is a three-year ‘great winter’ that proceeds Ragnarok, the Norse apocalypse.
Post credits, there’s a second ending when you return home and, there, Thor appears ‘several years later’. It’s a brief tease, ending after Kratos asks him what he wants. It could be that Thor wants revenge for that whole Kratos ‘killing his sons’ thing, or, he might want his help stopping Ragnarok.
God of War Ragnarok cast
The incredible Christopher Judge returns as Kratos with Sunny Suljic as Atreus. You can check out the rest of the cast below, with some familiar faces, and some new characters whose part of play in the Norse saga remains to be seen.
Notable additions include Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler on The West Wing) as Odin and Ryan Hurst (Beta on The Walking Dead) as Thor.
- Freya – Danielle Bisutti
- Thor – Ryan Hurst
- Odin – Richard Schiff
- Angrboda – Laya Hayes
- Tyr – Ben Prendergast
- Mimir – Alastair Duncan
- Sindri – Adam Harrington
- Brok – Robert Craighead
- Durlin – Usman Ally
God of War Ragnarok made its debut at last year’s PS5 showcase with a brief and cryptic teaser trailer. We don’t actually see any footage of the game; just a Norse symbol and the confirmation that “Ragnarok is coming.” You can also hear Kratos in the background warning Atreus as well as us unsuspecting viewers that we “must prepare” ourselves. It turns out we knew the name of the game all along…
God of War Ragnarok game director
God of War made its game director Cory Barlog internet famous, but for the new game Eric Williams is taking on the role. He’s worked on the God of War series since 2004, and explained to GamesRadar+ want his new position means for the series in a recent interview.
“Staying true to what we did last time, it’s keeping the father-son relationship moving,” explains Williams. “It doesn’t just stop, like, ‘oh, we finished this for mom, we’re good.’ No, like, there’s a lot more that goes on in life, and it continues moving forward.”
“Last time, it was one kid with a lot of adults talking. This is like, well, there are some different perspectives. We’re gonna see it from a kid’s perspective in the world, figuring things out that they thought were black and white, or maybe much more gray, and a lot more family dynamics.”
Is God of War Ragnarok a PS5 exclusive?
No, God of War Ragnarok isn’t a PS5 exclusive, but it is PlayStation exclusive. In an interview on the PlayStation Blog, PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst confirmed that the next God of War game is releasing on PS4 as well as PS5, making it a cross-gen release.
“Where it makes sense to develop a title for both PS4 and PS5 — for Horizon Forbidden West, the next God of War, GT7 — we’ll continue looking at that,” Hulst said. “And if PS4 owners want to play that game, then they can. If they want to go on and play the PS5 version, that game will be there for them.”