Yes, it's officially named God of War Ragnarok! The massively anticipated sequel put in a big showing at Sony's latest PlayStation 5 event, and boy does it look good. The new trailer has a surprising amount of gameplay footage, and Atreus, Kratos' son, has aged a few years.
As expected, this is very much a direct continuation of 2018's God of War. Mimir's back, Freya's trying to murder Kratos, and our favourite Dwarves are still kicking about. We didn't get any kind of release window, though. Hopefully that comes along sooner rather than later.
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I mean, I really liked God of War and found it impressive in many ways, but I didn't quite love it if that makes sense. Am I gonna play this one still? Absolutely.
God of Puberty
@velio84 is this confirmed?
Need to see it in 60 faps
The trailer looks very interesting, however I wish we got a release date.
I don't think it is mind-blowing or anything. It looks too similar to the previous game, and it is not violent (almost no blood), just like the previous one.
I hear ya.
But I remember watching all of the trailers for God of War 2018 for the first time, but after I finished the game. I thought they were meh. They couldn't possibly capture the brilliance of the game in a few trailers.
It looked AMAZING I thought his Son would be older now tho. But can't wait for it
@Ah-Void Yea more of the same, not a bad thing. That god's height at the end though lol.
Loved what I saw. The full cast is back.
Story driven Single player games are Sony's territory... and my favorite type of games.
Wish it had a date. That is about it.
Same view as some previous posters here, i like the last god but i dont know, i think the old games had a more cinematic view, fun, cool.
And was better for encounters with multiple enemies.
And it does look too similar to the last game. Even the same kid, boat, dialogue i dont know.
Will be a must check on of course.
Also looks kinda for all more, to maximize sales, kids to old.
I prefer the adult more edgy of prior games , oh and with hot ladies haha, ok im a sad sob sorry hehe
It looks like more of the same which is great. Just keep the great story and gameplay and ill be happy
The interview after the event dropped some interesting tidbits.
1) Thor and Odin both feature. Looking forward to seeing their interpretation.
2) This "caps off the norse story". Sounds like this will be even more story driven and not just setting up narrative threads.
3) Odin is played by Richard Schiff. Nuff said!
strange they did not mention 2022 when spideman 2 mentioned 2023.
i mean they planned to release the game this year but it delayed to next year,but did not mention a year in the trailer.
Looks very similar to the PS4 game which is no bad thing as it was probably my favourite PS4 title. I just hope it has a few new features and a decent story.
I’m so mad they’re wasting this on a cross gen game. They are murdering a potential 10/10 be limiting the ambition of the studio. GoW is one of the worst offenders for needing to go past the PS4s bottlenecks.
@TheArt @Ah-Void I thought it looked Epic.
Hope we get another weapon besides axe/ blades and shield, just to make combat abit different
God of War is one of my favourite games. I absolutely cannot wait for this instalment…But my goodness, I hope the writing on display here is not indicative of the larger script: “My story doesn’t end hiding in these woods. I should be out there, finding out who I am.” Or my personal favourite: “We’re trying to stop ragnarok, to help people.” I understand it’s a trailer but boy is my nose tingling. Anyways, bring it on!
Honestly, it looks like DLC for 2018. They should have had the balls to do what Insomniac did with Rift Apart and make it PS5 only. My biggest disappointment of the showcase. 😞
When I compare the wow factor of 2018 on PS4 Pro which was a graphical show piece to how this is looking..... Yeh. 😞
Hi there fellow gamers.
I cannot wait for this.
Absolutely Loved GOW 2018 and I´m sure I´m going to love this installment as well.
That village they showed was beautiful. Want to see a lot more of it.
Cheers, stay safe everyone and happy gaming to us all
My only complain is that they changed voice actor of kratos
@Bamila - Did they? Or did the previous voice actor just hit puberty and this was the result?
@Bamila Christopher Judge is still Kratos.
@JustPlainLoco you can't hit puberty when you are 56 years old.
@WallyWest but why did he sound so different from 2018 game. In fact even the Mimir sounded different from the previous game. I understand the kids voice changed, now that he is a teenager tho...
@Bamila - I misread your comment and thought you wrote 'Artreus' where it says Kratos, my bad, but my question remains, did they change Kratos's voice actor? Sounded exactly like Christopher Judge to me. And Mimir sounds exactly as he does in the previous game too.
@Bamila They both sound exactly the same, only Artreus sounds different due to being a teen now i guess.
This game looks a lot like the first one. If I didn’t know any better I’d call it DLC.
I liked the first one just fine but my least favorite part was the combat which shouldn't be the case considering it's GOW, the Blades felt specially awful but I guess not having a jump button contributed.
I hope we don't have to wait too long for this game release, maybe 3-4 month after horizon fw.
As a PS4 Pro owner, I’m glad it looks so similar to the previous game - gives me hope that it’ll still look and play great on Sony’s previous console!
I just rewatched this trailer and WOW! nothing touches the combat of this game (or the original) for such a feeling of sheer visceral meatiness. Every hit feels impactful - it's wonderful - and the polar opposite of things like Biomutant that feel like you fighting floaty wisps of air. I don't think I'll EVER get tired of calling back the Leviathan Axe.
Add to that an interesting plot, visually interesting expanded realms to explore, top tier voice acting and much more.
Really, really looking forward to this one!
This seriously looks like the first game. They use the same technology, visuals look the same, they reuse a lot of game mechanics and assets. It basically looks like an extension to the original game. Don't get me wrong, it will be one of the best games of next year and it could be even better than the first one, but you can see they are just refurnishing the same house. Thats totally not a bad thing – it's the way the industry does 2 and/or 3rd entry. They just polish, ad a new story and everybody is happy. Extremely productive way to make a game. They were supposed to deliver this last year for PS5 launch and made it cross gen (that is why the visuals are looking a lot like the first one). But then they decided to go Insomniac way… Divide the studio to two teams: one will take God of War and make a new one for the PS5 launch and the second team will work on new IP. And according to the last nights interview with the two directors of Santa Monica, that is exactly what happened, but not all went the way they wanted. And COVID-19 happened. So, GoW Ragnarok got extremely delayed and the new – full PS5 experience – was not even showed yet. What is your opinion on this, PushSquare? Looks like the same thing Insomniac is doing (Miles Morales is like a standalone large DLC and the new Ratchet was the full PS5 experience…) Maybe you can try to analyse this new trend and try to dig into it? To be honest, new Horizon looks like it's pretty much build on the first one too. It is in the development since march 2017 and definitely was supposed to come for PS5 launch. Could they be split on two projects as well? Can we anticipate a new Killzone next fall or early 2023? What do you guys think?
@mrmartinrohr I agree this looks like an expanded God of War (2018), but as one of the best games of the last generation, i'm more than happy with that. There seem to be some marked improvements to graphics, textures, lighting as well as expanded worlds with more NPC's and an expanded moveset. All sounds like a sensible #2 in a new series/engine. I'm sure there will be some surprises too.
Lastly this was NEVER a launch title. It was given a provisional 2021 launch date (which no one believed) and the earliest it was ever expected was fall/winter 2021. With covid 2022 or even early 2023 was to be expected really.
Personally super excited by this one.
It looks great just like 2018 but I can honestly say Project Eve looked much more interesting as a competing hack and slasher. It's weird when I saw Horizon 2 for the 1st time the cross-gen situation didn't look like it held it back as much as this one.
Hopefully they fix my main issue with the 2018 and add much more enemy variety this time around. I faced way too many big guys with columns.
@themightyant For the outside it was not, but I think that was their original super-optimistic plan. Try to make it for PS5 launch. They tried, but when they saw it's really not happening, they announced 2021. And the fact that they did not met the launch window gave them actually more space to enrich the game even more which got out of hand and now we're gonna have it in 2022. If you look at the title: GoW Ragnarok. There is no number two – same as Miles Morales. Theoretically It was supposed to be a smaller title. (Uncharted lost legacy was supposed to be a DLC too.) It all kinda makes sense.
@mrmartinrohr It was never a launch or launch window title imo... though the term launch window is entirely subjective. (3 months, 6, 12, more?)
The fact they had only showed a name 'God of war', with no fixed subtitle, and a year (2021) strongly suggested it would always be a title that would appear 'later'. This was backed by many leaks from industry insiders and analysts saying the same.
Regardless everything we have heard (which is not much) suggests this is a full game. It is apparently wrapping up the Norse mythology storyline and featuring all 9 realms. Introducing a large slate of new characters from Thor, Odin, Angrboda & Durlin. That doesn't sound like a Miles Morales type smaller title but a full blown game to me.
I understand you are sying that this changed, but i'm not so sure. Many games have a colon and a subtitle rather than a 2/3/4 and are still full blown sequels.
But the truth is we don't yet know and probably never will know if it changed. but i'd be VERY surprised if it is smaller game and not a full blown title.
Regardless super excited for this one. Enjoy.
Don't judge the graphics from a youtube video..let a good TV do the talking..I recently replayed HZD in an oled tv and the visuals are stunning..In ps5 we could get a better 4k image and more dense environments...We have to see how HFW scales from ps4 to ps5 as an example.
@Bentleyma- is it confirmed that this will get a PS4 release also? I hope so or I'm gonna miss out on playing this 😡
@huyi Yep it’s coming to PS4 too. 😀
@themightyant so you’re content with mediocrity
Game looks amazing.atreus voice.looks and height as you can see in the trailer.cant wait for another game of the year masterpiece.word up son
@Akurusu "so you’re content with mediocrity"
WHAT??? NOTHING about God of War (2018) was mediocre. and three years later it still near the highest bar.
I don't expect this to be a completely new game based on an entirely new engine, that would make no sense at all and we wouldn't see it till 2025 at the earliest. No this will be a smart iterative update on what was one of the best games ever made.
So no i'm not content with mediocrity, and if their gameography is anything to go by neither are Sony Santa Monica.
Why did they “miscast” Angrboda?
@The_New_Butler Maybe they're going to make GoW a mythology universe like Assassin's Creed is with history. There's only so much you can do with snowy, bleak Norse stuff, and after 2 games it'll feel pretty darned old. We got 2 gens of Greek mythos. Maybe it can take us somewhere new. China, Japan, Celts, Russia (nah, too much snow), Persia, etc?
Gonna be hard to top Biker Thor though. We need a crossover with Days Gone for him.
@WallyWest @JustPlainLoco Just to add, Judge is still Kratos, he's on his IMDB under post-production, so it's already been recorded more or less fully.
@The_New_Butler Yeah, that would be a great, and very very under-explored world to go to!
Though it would also make a great Assassin's Creed and bring the verticality and mood from the first game back. Hmm....which series would I prefer in India? And...actually, if I could put the next Fenyx game there, that's my pick!
@theheadofabroom Yeah. Really strange.
@Tecton217 I'm still not sure what you mean
@theheadofabroom I just thought they were going with Norse mythology so she doesn’t really seem to fit that description.
@Tecton217 Why not? You seem to be reluctant to say whatever it is you really mean?
Given the lack of a reply I can only assume this is about race, so I'm going to break down why that's a load of old rubbish:
1/ As much as we use Viking and Norse as interchangable terms, and have an image of Vikings as blue eyed blondes, this was merely the male beauty ideal of the time, and we have archeological evidence that many bleached their hair and beards with lye.
2/ Vikings were a subset of Norse society, who were by definition seafaring. They traveled as far East as Russia, as far west as the Americas, and as far south as Morocco, which was Moorish at the time. One of their biggest industries was the trading of people, whether you call them thralls, slaves or whatever, and many Norse men would take thralls as wives, making Norse society ethnically quite diverse for the region at the time
3/ Angrboða was Jotun and we don't have any ethnic descriptions of this race. There seems to be much variation, at least as much as amongst humans, as there are many stories of Jotun being confused with either gods or humans, as well as much intermarriage, with offspring usually described as being of their spouse's race.
@theheadofabroom I’m not sure why that would have anything to do with a group of people including someone from sub-Saharan Africa, which they probably rarely ever saw, as godly in their own cultures mythology, unless depicting them as their enemy. I mainly ask because she is the so-called “‘mother of monsters”, so the devs are being a bit racist here, if that’s the case, in casting the assumingely sole black character in such a way. Perhaps she will use her powers for good though and it’ll turn out okay for the story and not be too offensive. Also isn’t she supposed to be a giant? She seems pretty small in the video.
@Tecton217 Giant is somewhat of a misnomer, hence why I used Jotun as a more accurate term - it was translated to English and Romance languages originally by scholars fluent in the greco-roman pantheon and so they drew parallels between the enemies of the gods in either pantheon. You might consider that Fey was Jotun and Kratos didn't know, and Atreus/Loki is also Jotun.
As for assuming this is the only black character, I'm going to wait for the game's release before making any such assumptions. For all we know now, there are many such characters.
I'm not sure where you're going with the inclusion of black people in their mythology, and why you're pointing to a narrow geographic region. I was pointing out that the Norse world was actually quite multi-ethnic, while not necessarily multicultural. What's more there are certainly mythological beings such as Sutr who are explicitly referenced as being black 🤷
Edit: as an aside, if you know your mythology there's scope for Angrboða to be an amazing character, certainly not a villain, even if the Aesir dislike her. They were fickle and petty gods, and being on their bad side did not make a being evil by any means. If the all-father had not cast out her children, they would not have been the monsters behind Ragnarok.
This was the perfect game to end the showcase on, day one purchase without a doubt!!!
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