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First look at ‘God of War: Ragnarök’ coming in 2022

By Kara Santos Published Sep 10, 2021 3:20 pm

Fans finally got a glimpse at God of War: Ragnarök, the highly anticipated sequel to 2018’s hit action-adventure game, God of War.

Santa Monica Studio unveiled a gameplay trailer during the PlayStation 5 Showcase on Thursday (Sept. 9).

Set a few years after the events of the first game, the video game reunites players with Kratos, the former Greek God of War and his son, Atreus, amid the conflict brewing in the Nine Realms.

The trailer shows Kratos still being the best dad of the year to his now slightly older son Atreus, with some familiar and new faces. The trailer features typical GoW style father-son bonding moments including a dogsled ride, sailing a boat, cathartic battle sequences against mythical creatures, and an encounter with an unseen foe brandishing a magical hammer, who was revealed to be Thor in a post-showcase interview. Former ally Freya also returns as a main antagonist after the events of the last game.

According to the post-showcase interview, Eric Williams is handling directing duties on the game sequel after Cory Barlog directed the 2018 game.

The ninth installment in the God of War series serves as a finale to the Norse era. The game will initiate Ragnarök, a series of events that bring about the end of days and depicts the deaths of the Norse Gods, which was foretold to happen in the previous game after Kratos killed the Æsir god Baldur.

In a blog post on the PlayStation website, Senior Community Manager of Santa Monica Studio Grace Orlady said the game will feature an expanded cast of adversaries and a “healthy serving of visceral and spectacular combat.”

God of War: Ragnarök will also take players to the previously unreachable Vanaheim, Svartalfheim, and Asgard from the Nine Realms, as well as to new areas from locations featured in the last game. 

“Exploring the realms will take you everywhere from verdant, otherworldly jungles to intricate subterranean mining networks. This next installment in the series will bring you a more diverse, beautiful, and mysterious variety of locations than in any other God of War game," Orlady added.

Check out the cool new gameplay trailer for yourself below.

Originally slated for a 2021 release, the game has been delayed because of the impact of the pandemic on game development. It is set to be released for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 sometime in 2022.

(Images via Santa Monica Studio)