God of War Ragnarok is one of the most anticipated games of the year, and players can’t wait to see the story of Kratos and Atreus continue with more epic, Norse action. Here’s everything we know about GoW Ragnarok, from the gameplay to where the story might go.
For most of an entire year, the only information fans had about the God of War (2018) sequel was a blue circle covered in Norse runes. While it was nice to know that God of War Ragnarok was real and in development, many PlayStation owners were craving something more substantial.
Things changed when, in September 2021, the PlayStation Showcase gave eager players a brief glimpse at the end of all days.
If you’re wondering when God of War Ragnarok will finally hit our screens, here’s everything you need to know.
God of War Ragnarok release date
God of War Ragnarok will be released on Nov 9 2022.
The news will come as a relief to many fans of the series, including Xbox CEO Phil Spencer, who feared the game would be delayed even more. You can watch the official announcement on Twitter below:
God of War Ragnarok Platforms
Ragnarok will remain a PlayStation exclusive and will therefore only available on PlayStation 4 and 5.
With Sony finally opting to release the 2018 version on PC, we can see the next chapter in this old story appearing on PC in the future as Sony has made more and more exclusive products available to PC owners.
God of War Ragnarok preload date & file size
By digitally pre-ordering God of War Ragnarok, players can preload the title to access it right away. Given the game’s file size, this ensures that players with slower download speeds don’t have to wait days after launch before they can play.
Ragnarok has been confirmed to be a Download 90.6 GB on the PlayStation 4, though the PlayStation 5 format has yet to be revealed. Players can start with the preload from Wednesday 2 Novemberso you can prepare for a full week.
God of War Ragnarok Trailers
As we can see from the PlayStation Showcase trailer below, Atreus has also grown since we last saw him and seems to be a much more formidable warrior.
On their way to rescue Tyr, the God who put his hand in Fenrir’s mouth, it looks like they’ll encounter some terrifying enemies along the way.
Watch the trailer for the God of War Ragnarok release date below:
God of War Ragnarok Story Details
According to the official God of War Ragnarok website, Fimbulwinter is already “well on its way” by the time Ragnarok starts.
Additionally, in the story, Kratos and Atreus will travel through the Nine Realms of Norse Mythology “in search of answers as Asgardian forces prepare for a prophesied battle that will end the world.”
As for Atreus’ part in this quest, the website teased that he’s looking for knowledge to help him find “the prophecy of ‘Loki'” seen at the end of God of War 2018, which “will establish his role in Rangarok “, easier to understand.
As for Kratos, the gruff warrior will have to decide whether to cling to his gruesome past and “the fear of repeating his mistakes” or break the shackles to be “the father Atreus needs”.
Kratos and Atreus went through a lot during God of War 2018, and it looks like that bond will be put to the test during Ragnarok.
Where God of War 2018 saw Kratos grow closer to Atreus through their adventure, it looks like Ragnarok will test the bond the two eventually developed over time.
The website’s story concludes by saying that the threat of Ragnarok is getting closer and that the father and son will have to choose “between their own safety and the safety of the rich.”
It looks like part of the main character’s quest will be to save the Norse God of War, Tyr. It will be interesting to see how the developers deal with this from a lore perspective. After all, Kratos became his counterpart after killing Ares in the original God of War game.
We also got another glimpse of Thor, who will be voiced by Ryan Hearst, AKA Opie from Sons of Anarchy.
The most recent snippets of the story actually came from Sony itself, who updated the game page on the official PlayStation website and provided more details via the synopsis.
“Kratos and Atreus must travel to each of the Nine Realms in search of answers as Asgardian forces prepare for a prophesied battle that will end the world.”
The realms of the Norse Myth include Alfheim, Asgard, Helheim, Jotunheim, Midgard, Muspelheim, Niflheim, Svartalfheim, and Vanaheim.
During their journey in God of War (2018), the father and son duo visit every realm except Asgard (home of the Norse gods), Svartalfheim (the dwarf realm), and Vanaheim (home of the Vanir Gods).
While it’s not official yet, it looks like Ragnarok’s story will run for about 20 hours, according to industry insider Tom Henderson. About three and a half hours of that will be cinematic scenes. However, in total, according to the report, the full experience will take about 40 hours, with all side missions and additional content.
Game Details of God of War Ragnarok
Much like 2018’s God of War reveal, the visuals kicked off with a short but epic gameplay trailer that confirmed several things.
Both Kratos and his son, Atreus, will return, with gameplay similar to their 2018 outing, though both characters use a variety of new skills, powers, and weapons.
Kratos and Atreus take on a giant wolf in GoW Ragnarok.
In Ragnarok, players can expect to see all nine realms, as opposed to just the six in the previous title. Midgard, Alfheim, Muspelheim, Niflheim, Helheim and Jotunheim will all return in some capacity, with Vanaheim, Svartalfheim and Asgard now ready to join the mix.
Exactly how big each empire will be remains to be seen. Though it’s safe to expect the returning locations to open up new areas to keep things fresh.
Finally, the website confirms that the Leviathan Axe, Guardian Shield, and Blades of Chaos are returning from God of War 2018.
Kratos once again wields the Guardian Shield, as well as his two melee weapons from God of War 2018.
Both Kratos and Atreus will have new abilities in Ragnarok, with players even having access to a series of “Weapon Signature Moves,” as Game Informer revealed. In God of War 2018, the Triangle entry simply recalled the Leviathan Ax or the Swapped Weapon. Now the button holds the key to a “slew of new moves,” developers explained.
These specific attacks are infused with ice or fire. For example, abilities called ‘Frost Awaken’ and ‘Whiplash’ ‘deal extra damage by freezing or burning aggressors’.
In terms of raw performance, God of War Ragnarok is expected to offer two graphics options when it launches on PS5, according to early information.
Players will reportedly have the option to “switch between full 4K resolution at a targeted 30 frames per second, or dynamic resolution upscaled to 4K at a targeted 60 fps.”
God of War Ragnarok Collector’s Edition and Pre-Orders
The studio held an official unboxing event for God of War Ragnarok’s three separate editions with Thor actor Ryan Hurst, along with Santa Monica Studio’s Art Director Rafael Grassetti.
The launch edition, is the basic version of God of War Ragnarok, but comes with codes that allow players to download the Kratos Risen Snow Armor and the Atreus Risen Snow Tunic items. Those who buy the PS4 edition can upgrade to the PS5 version for $10.
The Digital Deluxe Edition contains the full game along with a selection of in-game items that would normally be unlocked by playing the game’s story.
The Digital Deluxe Edition has some pretty impressive extras.
- Kratos Darkdale Armor
- Atreus Darkdale Clothing
- Darkdale knife handles
- Darkdale Ax Grip
- Official God of War Ragnarök Digital Soundtrack
- Dark Horse digital mini art book
- PlayStation Avatar set and a PS4 theme
God of War Collector’s and Jötnar Edition
The next version is the collector’s edition which contains even more than the others. It contains all the contents of the Digital Deluxe Edition. It also includes a pretty nice ornate container themed around the Knowledge Keeper’s Shrine.
The Collector’s Edition includes a voucher code to download the game on PS4 and PS5, along with a steelbook display case, two 2-inch Vanir Twins Carvings, a set of Dwarven Dice and a 16-inch Mjölnir replica.
The Jötnar Edition is the ultimate collector’s edition of God of War Ragnarok.
Finally there is the Jötnar Edition which includes all of the above, along with:
- 7-inch vinyl record with music by Bear McCreary
- The Falcon, Bear and Wolf Pin Set – This pin set represents Faye, Kratos and Atreus respectively and symbolizes the family of our heroes.
- The legendary Draupnir ring
- Yggdrasil Cloth Map – This cloth map shows each of the nine realms in the branches and roots of Yggdrasil.
Please note that this version and the Collector’s Edition do not include a physical copy of the game, just a code to download both versions.
You can pre-order God of War: Ragnarok from the links below:
You can watch the unboxing event for God of War Ragnarok below:
So that’s all we know about God of War Ragnarok, and how it will pan out for Kratos and Atreus.
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