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God of War 2: Ragnarok trailer, PS5 release date and what we know so far

God of War 2: Ragnarok
(Image credit: Sony)

Sony pulled a "one more thing," announcing God of War 2: Ragnarok at the end of its September PS5 showcase last year that had a lot to show off. And while that title may not be official yet, it's not a stretch to assume that's what we should call this apparent sequel to 2018’s God of War.

God of War 2: Ragnarok was merely announced with the Spartan logo swaddled in an icy blue shade accompanied by the words “Ragnarok is coming.” And since no month was announced, the speculation will likely go all over the wide announced release window (we'd bet later than earlier).

And not a frame of game footage was shown off either. But then we suspect the game is not quite at the stage for it to be shown off. 

Santa Monica Studio’s 2018 reboot of the God of War was an incredibly polished game and one that then lived up to its hype. So we doubt the development studio will show off any game footage until it's much closer to completion. 

God of War 2 release date

God of War 2's first short trailer had the game pegged for 2021 release, but Santa Monica Studio has not come out and said that the game will be pushed back into 2022

Sid Shuman, head of PlayStation Studios, further explained that the company has "made the decision to push that game out to next year, to ensure that Santa Monica Studio can deliver the amazing God of War game that we all want to play."

God of War 2: Ragnarok

(Image credit: Sony)

So when can we expect God of War 2? If all goes well, potentially springtime of 2022. But we'd not hold our breath, as developing a game that'll follow in the footsteps of the stellar God of War could take a lot of time and polish. We'd be happier to see the game delayed and near-perfect than rushed out. 

God of War 2 trailer

After much anticipation, we finally have an official reveal trailer for God of War Ragnarok, which was unveiled during the PlayStation Showcase 2021. It shows off the interplay with an older Atreus and his father Kratos. Returning are a familiar cast of characters from 2018's God of War, as well as Thor and Tyr. 

But what we can take from this announcement is that the next God of War is a direct sequel to the 2018 game. Spoiler alert: the end of the game sows the seeds for the Old Norse tale of Ragnarok and ends with the Norse god of thunder Thor turning up at Kratos’ house, seemingly seeking revenge for Kratos killing his sons and brother Baldur.

With that in mind, we can expect God of War 2: Ragnarok to see Kratos and his son Atreus, who happens to be the trickster god Loki, travel across the nine realms they didn’t see in the 2018 game. So that’s likely to include Svartalfheim and Asgard, as well as other areas.

And we can expect the combat to have the satisfying mix of chaotic, rapid fire yet surprisingly weighty feel to it, likely with an added depth delivered through the advanced haptic feedback of DualSense controller.

God of War 2 PS5 and PS4

God of War 2 will be a cross-platform game, coming on the PS5 and PS4. Whether this will hold back its graphical fidelity will depend on how well Santa Monica Studio can scale the game for both consoles. 

God of War looked fantastic on the PS4, so we can expect the sequel to look pretty good as well, epically if it comes with a lot pf graphical extras facilitated by the PS5. 

Currently, it's very hard to find a healthy PS5 restock, all thanks to a global chip shortage affecting game console and graphics card supply. So keeping God of War 2 across the PlayStation generations could be good for people who've yet to get a PS5. 

Roland Moore-Colyer

Roland Moore-Colyer is U.K. Editor at Tom’s Guide with a focus on news, features and opinion articles. He often writes about gaming, phones, laptops and other bits of hardware; he’s also got an interest in cars. When not at his desk Roland can be found wandering around London, often with a look of curiosity on his face.