God of War Ragnarok: Release date, trailer, news, and more

God of War Ragnarok: 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 would later be officially named Ragnarok. This will be the follow-up to 2018’s God of Wardeveloped by Santa Monica Studio — the team responsible for most games in the series. Ragnarok’s showing was brief, but following a new trailer during a PlayStation Showcase event in September 2021, there’s a lot more we know about the game.

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 Ragnarokincluding its trailer, release window, and more. (Note that we will be spoiling the plot of 2018’s God of Warso do not read ahead if you’re concerned about spoilers.)

Release date

Tyr and Kratos in God of War Ragnarok.

Initially, God of War Ragnarok was supposed to launch in 2021. That’s the release window that was given during the game’s announcement trailer in 2020. But the game was then delayed to 2022. As part of the September 2021 PlayStation Showcase, many expected Sony to announce the game’s official release date, but that wasn’t the case. As it stands, the game may be ready to go sometime in the fall or even winter of 2022, assuming it hasn’t been delayed again.

In terms of the development timeline, a 2022 release window isn’t totally outlandish. Cory Barlog, creative director of 2018’s God of Warteased the sequel back in April 2019 via a clever Twitter thread. Disguised as a post about his time working on God of Warthe 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 2022 isn’t out of the question — especially since the team could reuse some of the assets and animations from the first game.

In April 2022, Santa Monica Studio posted a video celebrating the four-year anniversary of the reboot, while carefully updating fans on the development of Ragnarok.

4 years ago, God of War (2018) released! We’re grateful to all of you who joined Kratos and Atreus on their journey, and we’re so proud of the team who worked to bring it to life.

While we’re not ready to share an update about what comes next, here’s a quick message from Cory! pic.twitter.com/Z5PHpKQppY

— Santa Monica Studio – God of War Ragnarök (@SonySantaMonica) April 20, 2022

Barlog said the team was still hard at work, explaining that there wasn’t anything to show quite yet. “I guarantee you, the moment — the very second we have something ready to share — we’re going to share it,” Barlog said.

Another thing to note is that at the end of May 2022, a site called Entertainment Earth had a listing for various God of War Ragnarok merch, leading many to believe the timing would coincide with a release date reveal. Since the merch went live, it picked up a lot of traction and was eventually delisted, possibly indicating the validity that a major reveal is coming soon. Along with that, the PS Plus games for June 2022 were revealed, one of which is God of War (2018).

With that in mind, it’s possible Sony will have a massive God of War Ragnarok showcase later in summer 2022, ahead of the game’s release.

Platforms

Atreus in God of War Ragnarok.

We know God of War Ragnarok will be coming to PS5, but it’s also coming to PS4, as confirmed via a PlayStation Blog post. It makes sense to launch for both platforms, at least from a business perspective. 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 — even if that means the overall product is held back to accommodate for the less powerful hardware.

With that in mind, it will likely be lucrative to put it on PS4, just as Horizon Forbidden West — yet another PlayStation exclusive — was a cross-generational game. With Ragnarok’s expected 2022 release window, it makes sense for it to launch on both systems, so long as the previous generation version doesn’t hold back the PS5 edition. With over 117 million PS4s in the wild, the install base is plentiful, guaranteeing sales on previous-generation hardware.

Trailer

A teaser trailer was shown during the PS5 event in 2020, and in terms of official information about the project, that was all we knew about for a whole year. 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.”

Then, in September 2021, Sony unveiled a three-minute trailer showing off new and familiar characters from the series. Most notably, we got a look at Mimir, Freya, Tyr, and Thor, along with an older version of Atreus. But it also featured our first look at gameplay, which harkens back to the first game, though it seems like it will have new features, as well. Atreus is seen riding a magical stag, while Kratos wields Blades of Chaos.

The trailer itself has a lot of gameplay footage without spoiling Ragnarok‘s story or twists. Given the leap forward in the 2018 game, it’s likely Ragnarok will have its fair share of surprises as well. At the end of the trailer, we get a look at a new character named Angrboda, a young girl who may play a large role in the overall narrative.

Gameplay

Kratos and Atreus in a boat in God of War Ragnarok.

The September 2021 PlayStation Showcase gave us a first look at God of War Ragnarok gameplay, and while there were a couple of new inclusions (such as the Runic Summon for Atreus), Santa Monica Studios likely still has a lot more to show. Much of the trailer focused on returning aspects like the famous boat riding sequences, exploration, and fast-paced action.

“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,” said Grace Orlady senior community manager at Santa Monica Studio.

“With God of War Ragnarokone 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 opportunities to fight alongside our duo in a way that feels uniquely expressive.”

We’ll likely get a more in-depth look at gameplay closer to release, but what we do know is that Ragnarok will feature even more locations to explore than its predecessor, such as “otherworldly jungles” and “intricate subterranean mining networks.”

One, unbroken shot like 2018.

— Matt Sophos (@mattsophos) September 9, 2021

Tying the entire game together will be yet another single camera shot, just like the previous installment. This was one of the best features of God of Wargiving the entire adventure a more personal, intimate feeling. Given the premise of telling a heartfelt story of a father and son, the uninterrupted camera shot adds to the entire experience.

We also know that Ragnarok will implement a plethora of accessibility features, which has been a major priority for Sony in recent years. It will include various subtitle options — including the ability to change the size and colors — complete controller remapping, high-contrast mode, and a slew of gameplay assist mechanics that allow as many players as possible to enjoy the game.

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

We’re celebrating by sharing some of the 60+ accessibility features our team will include in God of War Ragnarök. #GAAD #AccessibilityDay #GodofWarRagnarok

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— Santa Monica Studio – God of War Ragnarök (@SonySantaMonica) May 19, 2022

Multiplayer

Kratos and Atreus in God of War Ragnarok.

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. 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.

DLC

Kratos holds an ax while fighting a giant creature in God of War Ragnarok.

It is possible we’ll see some kind of DLC with Ragnarokthough 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 was 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.

Pre-order

Kratos in God of War Ragnarok.

Finally, you might be wondering about pre-ordering the next God of War game. Unfortunately, it’s not available 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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