Maybe once or twice in a console generation does a game come along that really pushes the medium to the next level. God of War (2018) from Sony Santa Monica was that game, taking home countless awards, accumulating close to 20 million in sales worldwide and successfully reinvigorating the series for the better.
Quite understandably, a sequel to one of the most critically revered games of all time was confirmed to be in the works with God of War Ragnarok. Taking place three years after the events of the previous game, we find Kratos and his now teenage son, Atreus, preparing for the great Fimbulwinter that is said to lead into the end of days, Ragnarok.
Since the announcement was made almost two years ago, fans have been trying to piece together every little bit of information to find out exactly what is happening in God of War Ragnarok and what they have to look forward to – outside of giant killer crocodiles. To make sense of all this, we've rounded up all of the most important news, trailers, rumours and leaks from the web in one convenient place for your viewing pleasure.
We'll be regularly updating this feature right up until the launch of God of War Ragnarok, so make sure to check back for the latest details. Right then, let's begin.
God of War Ragnarok – Release Date
God of War Ragnarok is scheduled to launch on November 9, 2022, exclusively for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.
Following years of speculation, Sony finally confirmed on July 6th that God of War Ragnarok would arrive in November. This was accompanied by a new CG trailer confirming the release date as well as the announcement of a God of War Ragnarok Collector's and Jötnar Editions.
This followed a report in June from Bloomberg that pointed to November as the launch month for the game.
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The game's original announcement was made on September 16, 2020, as part of the first PlayStation 5 Showcase with a release window of 2021 initially slated. On June 2, 2021, God of War Ragnarok was delayed to a release window of 2022.
"Since the release of the next God of War teased last year, we've been humbled by the amount of love our community has shown us. We're incredibly grateful to see so many people excited to experience the next chapter of Kratos and Artreus' journey," wrote Sony Santa Monica (via Twitter (opens in new tab)).
"We remain focused on delivering a top-quality game while maintaining the safety and wellbeing of our team, creative partners, and families. With this in mind, we've made the decision to shift our release window to 2022. Thank you for all your continued support, we've got some exciting things in the works that we can't wait to show you."
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Since Sony Santa Monica was established in 1999, the studio has internally developed and released six games – five of which are in the God of War series.
Taking away the October 2001 release date of Kinetica, the first and only game from Sony Santa Monica that wasn't God of War, we can see that every title from the studio arrived in March or April. Four out of five of the God of War games have launched in April with the only exception being God of War (2018) and this was confirmed only in January that year, after first being given an "early 2018" launch.
God of War Ragnarok is now set to break that trend further if it meets its intended November release date.
- God of War – March 22, 2005
- God of War II – March 13, 2007
- God of War III – March 16, 2010
- God of War: Ascension – March 12, 2013
- God of War (2018) – April 20, 2018
- God of War Ragnarok – November 9, 2022
God of War Ragnarok – Trailers
A teaser trailer for God of War Ragnarok closed out the first PlayStation 5 Showcase on September 16, 2020. Albeit brief, it confirmed the existence of the sequel for the very first time as well as an initial release date of 2021, which obviously never transpired as the game was delayed in June that year.
"The time draws near. You must prepare yourself," says Kratos as part of the narration. Snow falls onto a dark screen before the God of War symbol (also known as the Omega symbol in Greek mythology) breaks out of the image. Runes then spell out the word "Ragnarok" before the "Ragnarok is coming" and the date 2021 materialises.
The first official reveal trailer for God of War Ragnarok took place during the second PlayStation 5 Showcase on September 9, 2021. Once again closing out the video presentation, the game's title was finally confirmed with further confirmation that it would now arrive in 2022.
The extensive three-minute trailer that is captured on PS5 begins with Kratos tending to fire before an older Atreus carries a dead stag into the cave where the pair have presumably made camp. Atreus stated that: "Time is running out. The prophecies say Fimbluwinter leads to Ragnarok. War is coming. My story doesn't end hiding in these woods. I should be out there finding out who I am... who Loki is."
Freya is then seen attacking Kratos on a sledge before Mimir comments on Kratos' "dour expression" and warns that Odin has "tricks up his sleeve" that the group might not have considered. Kratos can also be seen mushing wolves on a frozen lake in Midgard. With a war against Asgard potentially on the horizon, Atreus suggests finding the Norse God of War, Tyr, who is presumed dead. Gameplay footage of Kratos and Atreus travelling by boat is then debuted as well as father and son visiting a new village where merchants Sindri and Brok are found.
Another mysterious merchant with an octopus-like creature crawling on his arm then appears, before cutting to Kratos fighting an array of enemies with the Leviathan Axe. "War is not the only way," he says. More combat is shown using the Blades of Chaos until the same clip of Thor, God of Thunder, at Kratos' cabin is played from the end of the 2018 game.
"You seem like a calm and reasonable person. Are you a calm and reasonable person?" Thor says. More high-octane action including a giant crocodile, centaur, elves and otherwise is shown alongside new attacks for our two lead characters. The trailer ends with a chained Tyr being found, freed and asked "are you coming with us" by Kratos. The Norse God of War then stands up and the God of War Ragnarok title appears. Angrboda, a close companion of Loki in Norse mythology, is then introduced saying: "You'll get your answers soon enough. Well, some of them."
A CG cinematic trailer known as "Father and Son" was then released in July 2022 to accompany the official release date of God of War Ragnarok.
The 30-second video shows Kratos and Atreus fighting multiple enemies on the side of a mountain before the former is knocked off the cliffside by an exploding foe. Kratos lands in a snow-drenched forest surrounded by further enemies before fighting them with the help of Atreus, who emerges from the shadows. A giant wolf believed to be the mythological beast Fenrir, who is known for biting off Tyr's hand, then appears in front of the pair.
While this happens, both Kratos and Atreus monologue the following: "When you are at your weakest. And fear and doubt are a burden too heavy to bear. Remember this: you are not alone."
To help anyone prepare for the release of God of War Ragnarok, Sony unveiled a new trailer starring Felicia Day, where the actor recounts the events of God of War (2018), everyone's favourite storyteller, Mimir. It's very spoiler heavy so be warned if you've never played the original – something you should really remedy if not.
God of War Ragnarok received its most comprehensive trailer as part of Sony's State of Play event in September 2022. The story trailer is an epic three-minute look at where Kratos and Atreus are heading in the nine realms before God of War himself goes up against the God of Thunder. Good lord, trailers do not get better than this!
God of War Ragnarok – Gameplay
As we get ever closer to launch, God of War Ragnarok gameplay footage has begun to appear online. Most notably, Game Informer (opens in new tab) posted multiple videos looking at how combat has been enhanced compared to the 2018 release.
The second video from Game Informer (opens in new tab) explores a small segment in Svartalfheim, a new realm that "exemplifies Dwarven Ingenuity". It was further confirmed that all nine realms can be visited in God of War Ragnarok with returning realms said to "feel new again".
God of War Ragnarok – Location and Story
Warning: spoilers for God of War (2018)
God of War Ragnarok is expected to be set in ancient Scandinavia. Set to pick up in Midgard with Kratos and Atreus, who is now a teenager, three years on from the previous game, the duo must prepare for the coming of Ragnarok once the great winter (known as Fimbulwinter) comes to an end. Atreus, now having found answers about his identity, seeks to find further information and put a stop to Ragnarok.
Freya, the former queen of the Valkyries and a once former alley, now seeks revenge on Kratos and Atreus for the death of her son, Baldur. Expected to traverse the nine realms of Norse mythology, Kratos and Atreus search for the believed dead Norse God of War, Tyr, as they face threats from both Freya and the Norse God of Thunder, Thor.
The mythological beast Fenrir (a giant wolf) will also appear in some form, though it's unclear what role it will play in the story. During Ragnarok, one myth states that Fenrir will swallow the sun and Odin.
In July 2022, God of War Ragnarok was given its first official story synopsis courtesy of the PlayStation Store (opens in new tab):
"From Santa Monica Studio comes the sequel to the critically acclaimed God of War (2018). Fimbulwinter is well underway. Kratos and Atreus must journey to each of the Nine Realms in search of answers as Asgardian forces prepare for a prophesied battle that will end the world.
"Along the way they will explore stunning, mythical landscapes, and face fearsome enemies in the form of Norse gods and monsters. The threat of Ragnarök grows ever closer. Kratos and Atreus must choose between their own safety and the safety of the realms."
God of War Ragnarok – where to pre-order
God of War Ragnarok pre-orders opened globally on July 15th, 2022.
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Sony Santa Monica confirmed that two God of War Ragnarok pre-order editions will be available for purchase from July 15, 2022. The first is the Collector's Edition which is priced at $199.99 / £179.99.
This will feature a 16-inch Mjölnir replica (Thor's hammer), a Dwarven Dice Set, two-inch Vanir Twin Carvings, and a Steelbook Display Case. It will arrive in a box resembling the Knowledge Keeper's Shrine with secret compartments.
A voucher code for downloadable content is included too. This features the full God of War Ragnarok game for PS4 and PS5 (no physical copy), the Kratos Darkdale Armor, Kratos Darkdale Axe Grip, Kratos Darkdale Blades Handles and Atreus Darkdale Attire (cosmetic). It also contains the official God of War Ragnarok Digital Soundtrack, a Dark Horse Digital Mini Art Book and an Avatar set and PlayStation 4 theme
The God of War Ragnarok Jötnar Edition will also launch simultaneously, with a price listed at $259.99 / £229.99.
It will feature Brok's Dice Set (instead of the Dwarven Dice Set), the Falcon, Bear and Wolf pin set, a Legendary Draupnir Ring, a Yggdrasil Cloth Map, a 7-inch Vinyl record featuring the music of the game by Bear McCreary, as well as all of the other items included in the Collector's Edition. Pre-orders open on July 15, 2022.
Thor actor Ryan Hurst and Sony Santa Monica art director Rafael Grassetti unboxed both editions in a video you can watch below:
As we get ever closer to the release date of God of War Ragnarok, more merchandise will begin to appear with the first major one being The Art of God of War Ragnarok. Within the 240-page artbook, collectors can find concept art and creative commentary chronicling the development of the game.
The standard edition (opens in new tab) costs $49.99 / £39.99 approx. while the deluxe edition (opens in new tab) is priced at $129.99 / £108.07, however, the standard edition appears to be sold out on Amazon at this time.
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God of War Ragnarok – news, rumours, leaks and everything else
Sony confirmed over 60 accessibility features that will be present in God of War Ragnarok in May 2022. This includes subtitle and caption improvements, text size/icon size, controller remapping, high contrast, auto sprint, controller remapping, high contrast mode, and more. The full extensive details can be read via Sony's blog (opens in new tab) while a video (opens in new tab) from GameInformer explored the features in action.
South Korea Rating
One of the biggest clues that God of War Ragnarok will meet its 2022 release happened close to the end of May when the game was rated in South Korea.
As spotted on a South Korea's Game Rating and Administration Committee listing (opens in new tab), this rating is the latest bit of evidence that the game will meet its November target. The decision grade (via Google Translate) is noted as "not available for youth," likely meaning the game will receive an M rating like its 2018 predecessor.
The description also states that "excessive profanity in conversation," "direct drug expression" and "direct expression of characters drinking alcohol in pubs" will feature in the game and are the reasoning for its rating.
Thor voice acting wraps recording
Ryan Hurst, the actor who is portraying Thor in God of War Ragnarok, confirmed in May that he has finished recording his lines for the game.
"I just finished up the second season on the show for Disney Plus called The Mysterious Benedict Society, which is fun, and then just [did] the last little tiny bit of God of War for Thors," said Hurst, speaking at Comic Con Revolution in Ontario, Canada. The full clip can be watched below:
A report in June pointed to God of War Ragnarok being delayed to 2023, according to "several European sources" who spoke with Gamereactor (opens in new tab). The delay has not been made public yet but is expected to be in the near future.
Sony insider and Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier responded (via ResetEra (opens in new tab)) to the claim saying that: "It's hard to definitely prove a negative but Someone Who Would Know Firsthand just told me they haven't heard anything about a slip to 2023, as did Someone Else Who Might Know Secondhand." This is still possible, even if the game has a November release date.
Xbox chief's most anticipated game
Okay, this is a random one. Microsoft head of gaming Phil Spencer revealed (via Twitter (opens in new tab)) that his most anticipated game is God of War Ragnarok. It sparked some conversation online, considering it's Sony's direct competitor, though isn't it just nice when we all get along and appreciate a game regardless of platform? No? Oh, forgot this was the internet for a second there.
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Congratulations! You made it to the end. Now just imagine Kratos yelling out an almighty "Boy!" in celebration of this achievement. We will be updating this piece regularly, so make sure to check back for the latest information.