While Sony’s ‘The Future of Gaming Show’ was stacked with enticing titles, including a sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn, a hardware-pushing Ratchet & Clank game, a spin-off Spider-Man game, and Godfall, the one highly-anticipated title that wasn’t mentioned was God of War 2.
Most recently, during a presentation in which Sony finally revealed release information about the PlayStation 5, a fan-pleasing reveal was tacked onto the end of the 47-minute show.
God of War: Ragnarök confirmed for the PS5
Expected to reveal the price of the upcoming PlayStation 5 systems, fans were treated to a lot more from the ‘PlayStation 5 Showcase.’
A new Harry Potter game, Hogwarts Legacy, was showcased for a 2021 release, and there was a bunch of footage shown for several previously-announced PS5 titles.
Just after the presentation finally reached the price points, £449.99 (€449.99/$$499.99) for the full PS5, and the 12/19 November release date, President and CEO Jim Ryan popped up to introduce one more reveal.
With a mighty soundtrack empowering the drawing of a blue omega symbol in the frost, runes shone through to spell the name of the sequel to God of War, “Ragnarök.”
The reveal was as sparse for details as we’ve come to expect from such early teaser videos, but it did end with the release window of ‘2021,’ which is always a welcomed sight over the ‘coming soon’ that is so often offered.
Given the sales and critical acclaim of the 2018 soft reboot of the franchise, people always suspected that Sony Santa Monica would be tasked with creating the sequel, with the team teasing as much last year.
The sequel teased a year ago has god-sized boots to fill
In the God of War Dynamic Theme released as a sign of gratitude to the fans last year, the side of the longboat seating Kratos, Atreus, and Mímir features runes which translate to “Ragnarök is Coming.”
A sequel was always expected, with God of War being one of the best, if not the best games of this console generation, helping to cement the PS4’s overwhelming triumph over the Xbox One.
From the gameplay mechanics to the story, characters, creatures, graphics, soundtrack, voice acting, and infusion of Norse mythology, the 2018 title ticked all of the boxes to an incredibly high standard.
Still, even with all of the tales told by Mímir, there’s a lot left for Kratos to explore in these realms.
Will Thor arrive to commence Ragnarök?
The story left out, but frequently discussed, two of the most notorious names of the mythos, Odin and Thor, and ended on the huge reveal of Atreus’ true identity.
As the campaign concludes, Mímir states that Fimbulwinter has begun, which he says lasts for three years, and is followed by Ragnarök.
With a 2018 release of God of War and a 2021 slate for God of War: Ragnarök, the new game may follow a true-to-life time jump, getting straight into the final days of Fimbulwinter, the start of Ragnarök, and commence on Atreus’ possible premonition from the secret ending of the last game (which you can see below).
If the dream comes to pass, the new title could commence with an early showdown against Thor, similarly to how the first game started with a brutal scrap against Baldur. It could also see Jörmungandr return, having recovered from its involvement in the closing chapters of the first game.
Should the World Serpent feature in God of War: Ragnarök, it will almost certainly face its arch-nemesis, Thor, with the two prophesied, in Norse mythology, to kill each other in the final destruction of the world.
Few games are more deserving of a sequel than God of War, with the announcement of Ragnarök undoubtedly convincing even more people to try to get a PlayStation 5 when it launches in November.