Let’s talk about the gameplay and appearance of God of War: Ragnarok for a moment. God of War from 2018 already looked beautiful and played wonderfully, especially on the PS5 with the 60 FPS patch. Graphically, not much seems to have changed, and in terms of gameplay, Santa Monica Studio mainly builds on what made the game from 2018 so successful. So we see that Kratos uses his old trusted weapons, but he has learned some new tricks. The same goes for Atreus, who can be engaged in new ways to assist you in battle. In the words of the developers, the combat should feel refreshing but recognizable.
PlayStation Blog confirms that in Ragnarok, we will visit the previously unreachable regions of Vanaheim, Svartalfheim, and Asgard, as well as new areas in locations we already know from God of War.
A new director
His name has been mentioned a few times, so let’s talk about Eric Williams for a moment. Although he has worked for Santa Monica Studio since 2004 and has helped develop every God of War game, Ragnarok will be the first game he directs. It has always been a tradition at the studio that after every game, the director changes, a tradition that was broken by the excellent Cory Balrog. But now it is time for a breath of fresh air. Balrog is undoubtedly still involved in the game, although he himself reveals as little as possible about his day-to-day activities. He may be working on a new project for Santa Monica Studio.
It’s premature to panic about the fact that Balrog is less heavily involved in Ragnarok’s development. Williams has enough experience with the franchise to manage this ambitious project, and what’s more, a game isn’t made by just one person but a great team that constantly works together.
Incidentally, the ‘one-shot camera,’ according to many ones of Cory Balrog’s best additions to the franchise, remains just a feature in Ragnarok!
Not a trilogy after all
Most God of War fans assumed that Ragnarok would be the second part of a trilogy in Norse mythology, just as the first three God of War games formed a trilogy in Greek mythology. Nothing could be further from the truth, though, as Williams confirmed in the post-show interview that Ragnarok is the final installment in Norse mythology for Kratos. This comes as somewhat of a surprise, as this world is bursting with potential.
Despite that, we have a lot of faith in Santa Monica Studio, and according to recent rumors, Ragnarok’s story could last as long as 40 hours. This is almost double that of 2018’s God of War, and the games from the original trilogy could all be completed in about ten hours. If this is indeed the case, God of War: Ragnarok has the potential to be the longest, most epic battle against the Norse gods ever.
As noted by The Gamer, Reddit user QuimSix recently posted that their sources claimed that “there will be a new God of War Ragnarok trailer in August,” suggesting that in a few weeks, we’ll get our first close look at the next adventure of Kratos and Atreus can get.
QuimSix won’t give any further details on what to expect from the trailer, but it’s widely believed that the sequel to Sony Santa Monica’s 2018 hit will be closely tied to Thor and his involvement in Ragnarok, the end of the world in Norse mythology.
While we don’t know much about what’s in store for Kratos, QuimSix suggests that God of War isn’t all we get to see. In addition to the new trailer, they suggest we’ll get updates for Horizon Forbidden West, including a release date and some more trailers. In addition, they say they “wouldn’t be surprised” if GTA V Expanded & Enhanced Edition also shows up at the big event they believe is scheduled for August, suggesting that in a few weeks, we should set our sights on a new booth from Affairs.
In the absence of any word from Sony, it’s always worth taking these kinds of leaks with a grain of salt. That said, QuimSix has built a relatively reliable reputation for predicting the dates of this month’s state of play, as well as revealing some details surrounding Far Cry 6. Also noteworthy is Sony’s hint that there will be more to see in the summer. Will be, which would be in line with these latest rumors.
Last month, Sony confirmed that God of War 2 had been delayed from its 2021 release and is now expected in 2022. Other than that, the story is true that we can predict from the last game, details are very sparse, but we do know that God of War Ragnarok is coming to PS4 as well as PS5. Hopefully, this means that even if you can’t get your hands on PS5 shares yet, you’ll be able to see Sony’s upcoming first-party
Barlog further explains why the studio exchanges directors, stating that it is good to have a new and fresh perspective on a game. He also points out how tough it can be to be the director of a game like God of War.
“The most important thing for us is to have a fresh look, but also a fresh pair of legs that can carry the game. When a game is finished, you are exhausted, so you have to have someone else who can pick it up.”
During the interview, Barlog was hesitant to provide more information about the work he is now engaged in. When asked what Santa Monica projects are in the pipeline, the director said: “Oh, that’s something you’d like to know, of course. That I’m telling you everything, we’re working on right now. We’re working on a lot of things. , really cool stuff… but I don’t have a specific project I can talk about right now because we’re mainly focused on God of War Ragnarök right now.”