Last year, around the PS5 launch, Sony announced that a new God of War game is under production. Since then, fans of the hit franchise have not received any news regarding development progress, up until now. To be fair, Sony did reveal the game releasing on both PS4 and PS5 at some point in 2022 but besides a press note, the Japanese company has managed to keep things tightly under wraps. That said, at this year’s September PlayStation Showcase the multinational conglomerate finally lift the curtains on God of War Ragnarok (also confirming the previously rumored title).
As you can see in the trailer video shared below, the young co-protagonist Atreus appears to have aged since his last outing in the God of War series. With regards to character trajectory, the son seems to show a more aggressive streak than his father.
What’s more, we get to see a teased glimpse of new villains, named Freya and the mighty Thor. Additionally, a preview of the brutal combat system along with several new surroundings round up other aspects of the short introductory video.
Check out the first-ever God of War Ragnarok trailer, below:
For more, here is a brief overview of God of War Ragnarok world, battle system, villains, and more…
Agony and Vengeance
Because of Kratos’ actions at the end of the previous game, the once-ally-turned-enemy Freya has sworn vengeance for the death of her son, Baldur. We wanted to remind players that Freya isn’t just a terrifyingly powerful user of Vanir magic, but also that she’s a formidable warrior in her own right. Enraged by Kratos’ evasion of justice by her hand, Freya will turn every weapon at her disposal towards her son’s killer.
Also suffering the loss of his sons and half-brother, Thor’s legendary bloodlust and wrath will be aimed at Kratos and Atreus. Referred to disparagingly by Mimir as the “Biggest Butchering Bastard in the Nine Realms,” Thor earned his title as one of the most powerful Aesir gods by wiping out nearly all the Giants at Odin’s command. While we don’t want to give too much away right now, we think even a peek at Mjölnir wreathed in lightning will give you a hint at just how formidable Thor will be as an adversary.
You Have My Axe
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. With God of War Ragnarok, one 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 opportunity to fight alongside our duo in a way that feels uniquely expressive.
Whatever your choice of combat strategy, the enemies that await in God of War Ragnarök will be ready. The realms have grown harsher, and a whole host of new creatures from across Norse mythology will test your skills. From the trailer you can see what happens when Kratos finds himself under the hooves of the Stalker or grabbed between the jaws of a Dreki, and that’s just the beginning. With an expanded cast of adversaries, we aim to keep each combat encounter memorable from the smallest brawls to the big show-stopper bosses! We can’t wait to show you more as we get closer to release.
Onward to Asgard
Fans who played the last game know they were able to visit six of the Nine Realms during their journey. In God of War Ragnarök, you will be able to visit all nine! God of War Ragnarök will take you to the previously unreachable Vanaheim, Svartalfheim, and Asgard – 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.
God of War Ragnarok is slated to arrive on PS4 and PS5 exclusively in 2022.