One of the most surprising announcements during the PlayStation 5 event in September 2020 was the reveal of the next God of War game, which many are referring to as Ragnarok (though its official title has yet to be confirmed). This will be the follow-up to 2018’s God of War, developed by Santa Monica Studio — the team responsible for most games in the series. Ragnarok’s showing was brief, and since then, information about the forthcoming sequel has been scarce.
However, we’ve scoured the internet to gather as much as we could about the sequel to 2018’s God of War. Here’s everything we know about God of War Ragnarok, including its trailer, release window, and more. (Note that we will be spoiling the plot of 2018’s God of War, so do not read ahead if you’re concerned about spoilers.)
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The teaser trailer above was shown during the PS5 event in 2020, and in terms of official information about the project, that’s pretty much all we know. It didn’t show off any gameplay or much of anything aside from a logo and an expected release window. It didn’t even feature the game’s official name, other than including the text “Ragnarok is coming 2021.”
Nonetheless, you can certainly check out the trailer to get aboard the hype train.
Despite the teaser trailer being so short, it did feature the release window of the next God of War game, expected to launch in 2021. No exact date was given, but this could be PlayStation’s big game for the fall of 2021. By this point, more PS5s should be out in the wild, meaning more players will likely get their hands on Santa Monica’s next game.
In terms of the development timeline, this release window isn’t totally outlandish. Cory Barlog, creative director of 2018’s God of War, teased the sequel back in April 2021 via a clever Twitter thread. Disguised as a post about his time working on God of War, the first letter of each post spells out “Ragnarok is coming.” So, even assuming the studio started working on the sequel as late as April 2019, having it ready to go by fall 2021 isn’t out of the question — especially since the team could reuse some of the assets from the first game.
Check out Barlog’s tweets teasing Ragnarok below.
Reminiscing about how crazy the last 6 yrs has been so I thought I would create a GOW BTS THREAD of photos + thoughts. Buckle up, gonna’ be long.????
It all started out as scribbles and notes on a board and a stack of note cards. Big board image is an early breakdown of the story. pic.twitter.com/a1iZB0SllK
— Cory Barlog ???? (@corybarlog) April 21, 2019
However, as game developers have shifted to working from home throughout 2020 and into 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, complications have risen and have caused delays across the industry. Even prior to the pandemic, game delays were common, and the pandemic has made it harder for developers, so it’s best to take that 2021 release window with a grain of salt.
Still, the fact that Sony was comfortable enough with the game’s progress to confirm it will launch this year proves that Ragnarok is far along in development and will likely be out within the next year or so.
We know God of War Ragnarok will be coming to PS5, though we might see it come to PS4 as well. The teaser trailer didn’t confirm which platforms it would come to, but since it was shown during the PS5 showcase, we know it’ll at least launch for Sony’s latest console. The tricky thing is that a game like Ragnarok is expensive to make, and surely Sony wants as many players as possible to buy a copy when it releases.
With that in mind, it could be lucrative to put it on PS4, just as Horizon Forbidden West — yet another PlayStation exclusive — will be a cross-generational game. With Ragnarok’s expected 2021 release window, it would make sense for it to launch on both systems, so long as the previous generation version doesn’t hold back the PS5 edition. With over 110 million PS4s in the wild, the install base is plentiful, guaranteeing sales on previous-generation hardware. We’ll likely find out more about the game’s launch platforms later this year.
Once again, we haven’t seen any gameplay for God of War Ragnarok, but it’s safe to assume it will closely mirror that of 2018’s entry. While the fan-favorite Leviathan Axe will likely see its return in the sequel, we’re super curious to see what will come of Atreus — who is revealed to be Loki at the end of the first game. It’s possible we could play as Atreus in the follow-up or at least have dedicated sections in which we play as him.
It’s tough to say for sure how the gameplay will change since nothing has been shown, but we don’t expect it to stray too far away from the original. It will likely feature quality-of-life improvements and little tweaks here and there. We absolutely hope the single-camera shot stays in the sequel because that was one of the most intriguing things about the first game.
While the God of War series has featured multiplayer before (specifically in 2013’s God of War: Ascension), it’s highly unlikely Ragnarok will be anything but a single-player adventure. The first game was a masterpiece, particularly because the Santa Monica team focused on the narrative without any other distractions like the addition of an arbitrary multiplayer mode. And given the time frame of supposedly launching this year, there simply isn’t enough time for the team to have implemented a robust online multiplayer segment.
It’s certainly not out of the question, but highly unlikely. If anything, an asynchronous online component could be implemented, similar to the notes in the Dark Souls series or something similar. But in terms of playing side by side with others — whether it’s cooperatively or competitively — we don’t expect to see anything like that.
It is possible we’ll see some kind of DLC with Ragnarok, though considering we don’t know much about the game itself, it’s still too early to say for sure. God of War 2018 actually did get additional content after it released, including some extra weapons and a New Game+ mode. As far as extra story content or major expansions, we wouldn’t bet on it. The God of War series is not known for featuring major DLC additions, and we wouldn’t expect that to change with Ragnarok.
Finally, you might be wondering about pre-ordering the next God of War game. Unfortunately, it’s not quite ready to be pre-ordered yet, but once we get confirmation of the official release date, pre-orders will probably go live.
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