Sony Santa Monica Studio has dropped some additional details on God of War Ragnarok: Valhalla, the soon-to-be-released, free DLC for Kratos' most recent adventure. Launching next week on the 12th December, Valhalla takes place after the events of the main game, and has been described as something of an epilogue.
However, you won't have to beat the game to unlock this new excursion. The developer says you can jump in at any time as the DLC is separate from the core release. However, it strongly recommends finishing Ragnarok before playing, as there are post-game story elements to be found.
"Kratos has seen a path for himself that he never thought possible before. Brought to the mysterious shores of Valhalla accompanied only by Mimir, Kratos will enter its unknown depths to overcome trials within himself and face echoes of his past," the studio explains.
It continues: "Each attempt in Valhalla will encourage you to master different aspects of Kratos’ arsenal as you face new combinations of enemies and some surprises along the way!"
If you didn't already know, Valhalla adopts a 'roguelite' gameplay structure, as Kratos battles through a series of combat gauntlets that can throw randomised elements at your for an additional challenge. You won't be taking your equipment from the main game into this mode, but it sounds like all of Kratos' abilities will be unlocked from the start.
"The more you overcome, the more resources you’ll gain that can be put towards permanent upgrades that affect both Kratos and even Valhalla itself," reads the PlayStation Blog.
"Kratos will have access to all his weapons and fully-upgraded skill trees at all times, but must commit to a shield and path of Spartan Rage for each attempt. As you overcome the trials of Valhalla and explore its depths, you will make choices between temporary Glyphs for which Stats to upgrade, which Perks to select, which Runic Attacks to wield, and more."
Just to reiterate, Valhalla is free — Santa Monica Studio says it's a way of thanking Ragnarok's players — and you'll be able to grab it from the PlayStation Store when it launches in just a few days.
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