Set to tap into the power of the PS5, game footage of God of War Ragnarok already look stupendous. This time around, Kratos and Atreus look set to explore more of the Nine Realms of Old Norse mythology.
We can expect to hear more about God of War Ragnarok as the year draws on, likely around the summer and into the fall. But in the meantime, here's what we know about God of War Ragnarok so far.
God of War Ragnarok release date speculation
God of War Ragnarok was initially slated for a late 2021 release. But that didn't happen, and developer Santa Monic Studio announced that it had pushed the game back into 2022.
No further details about a release date have emerged since, but we'd be very surprised if God of War Ragnarok arrived any earlier than late 2022. It could even get pushed back farther, as the developers hone the game to a fine edge.
Sid Shuman, head of PlayStation Studios, explained that Santa Monica Studio wants to "deliver the amazing God of War game that we all want to play."
Developing a game that will follow in the footsteps of the stellar God of War will no doubt take a lot of time and polish. So we're happier seeing the game delayed and perfected than rushed out.
God of War Ragnarok trailer and story
After much anticipation, we finally received an official reveal trailer for God of War Ragnarok, which debuted during the PlayStation Showcase 2021. It shows off the interplay between an older Atreus and his father Kratos. Returning as well are a familiar cast of characters from 2018's God of War, as well as Norse gods 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 that game sows the seeds for the Old Norse tale of Ragnarok. During the ending, the Norse god of thunder, Thor turns up at Kratos’ house, seemingly to seek revenge for Kratos killing his sons, as well as his brother Baldur.
With that in mind, we can expect God of War Ragnarok to follow Kratos and his son Atreus — who happens to be the trickster god Loki — as they travel across the Nine Realms. These will likely include Svartalfheim and Asgard, as well as other areas.
We can also expect the combat to have the satisfying mix of chaotic-yet-weighty feel to it, likely with an added depth thanks to the advanced haptic feedback of DualSense controller.
God of War Ragnarok PS5 and PS4
God of War Ragnarok will be a cross-platform game, coming to both the PS5 and PS4. Whether this will hold back the game's graphical fidelity will depend on how well Santa Monica Studio can scale the game for both consoles. But the game footage so far looks great.
God of War looked fantastic on the PS4, so we can expect the sequel to look pretty good as well, especially if it comes with a lot of graphical extras facilitated by the PS5.
Currently, it's very hard to find a PS5 restock, all thanks to a global chip shortage that affects game console and graphics card supply. Releasing God of War Ragnarok across the PlayStation generations could be good for people who've yet to get a PS5.
God of War Ragnarok outlook
If God of War Ragnarok does arrive this year and follows in the footsteps of its predecessor in storytelling and action, then we could be looking at a new entry among our best PS5 games.
It's a big ask, but there's a lot of talent at Santa Monica Studio. As a first-party Sony developer, the company could really extract a lot of power out of the PS5 to make God of War Ragnarok a feast for the eyes. Even if that doesn't happen, we're still eager to see where the story goes next, as well as explore more of the Nine Realms.