God of War: Ragnarok is coming, and you can expect it to land on PS5 and PS4 in 2022.
Sony dropped a teaser for the God of War sequel at the end of its PlayStation 5 showcase in September 2020, confirming what we all hoped for: a return of Kratos and his son. Since this announcement, things have been very quiet around God of War: Ragnarok and firm details on the long-awaited sequel are light, with a delay from 2021 until 2022 confirmed by Sony in June 2021.
While we have a bit longer to wait, and details on the God of War sequel remain thin on the ground, at the very least, we know that it is coming, and it could be called Ragnarok – the name for a cataclysmic series of events in Norse mythology, which is fitting for a game where you’re almost certainly going to be wreaking havoc and killing Norse gods. (Yes, it’s also the name of a Marvel movie – and the name of a Netflix series. It’s a cool word, ok?)
So, with that out of the way, we’ve gathered together all the news and rumors surrounding God of War: Ragnarok for your consideration right here – and be sure to check out our run down of all the other new PS5 games on the way, too.
[Update: Sony has announced plans for a July State of Play but don’t expect to see any God of War news during it. Read on to find out more.]
God of War: Ragnarok: what you need to know
- What is it? The sequel to the critically-acclaimed God of War (2018)
- When can I play it? 2022
- What can I play it on? PS5 and PS4
God of War: Ragnarok release date
God of War: Ragnarok is due to release in 2022 on PS5 and PS4, following a delay from its initial 2021 release window.
There was already speculation that Ragnarok could be delayed, given that Sony hadn’t mentioned the sequel in its plans for 2021 since the game’s announcement. Sony Santa Monica Studio confirmed the delay in June 2021, releasing a statement on Twitter. It’s unclear when in 2022 we can expect God of War: Ragnarok, but we’re hoping Sony gives us an update sometime later this year.
God of War: Ragnarok trailer
The God of War: Ragnarok trailer dropped right at the end of Sony’s live stream event in September, 2020, and shows off a brief logo and the words “Raganarok is coming”. It’s the only trailer we’ve seen for the game to date. Check it out below:
God of War: Ragnarok news and rumors
Not in July’s State of Play but what about August?
Sony has announced its next State of Play will take place on July 8 but you shouldn’t expect to see God of War: Ragnarok during it. Sony announced the livestream on a PlayStation blog post, confirming that it’ll last 30 minutes with a focus on Deathloop but was very clear that it “will not include updates on the next God of War, Horizon Forbidden West or the next generation of PlayStation VR.”
A small ray of hope comes at the close of the post as, while God of War and other titles won’t be a part of the livestream, it says “Stay tuned throughout the summer though, as we’ll have more updates soon.”
Sony sat out E3 2021, meaning we had no chance of learning more about God of War: Ragnarok during the show, but it’s perhaps not entirely surprising that the game won’t be present during the July State of Play, given its delay until 2022 was only announced in early June 2021.
This news comes after recent rumors that God of War: Ragnarok would be a part of Sony’s next State of Play, with Nick Baker (via Screenrant), the co-founder of XboxEra.com and co-host of the XboxEra Podcast, tweeting that he was told Sony will show off some God of War: Ragnarok gameplay footage as part of an upcoming PlayStation State Of Play livestream.
With this stream’s focus on third-party and indie releases alongside Sony saying to “stay tuned throughout the rest of the summer”, perhaps there’s a chance we could still see God of War: Ragnarok get its own first-party focused State of Play stream before the season is out.
A new rumor from Redditor QuimSix (via Wccftech) certainly seems to point towards this. According to this leaker, PlayStation is planning a first-part focused stream for August, during which we’ll finally learn more about the God of War sequel. This should, of course, be taken with a grain of salt. At the moment, Sony hasn’t confirmed any plans for an August follow-up to its July State of Play.
It’ll launch ‘when its done’, says creative director
Following the absence of an update on God of War: Ragnarok during PlayStation’s February 2021 State of Play, Santa Monica Studios Creative Director, Cory Barlog, appears to have posted a tweet in response to those asking for an update on the game.
I don’t know who needs to hear this…(certainly not me since I have never heard of it)but…WHEN. IT’S. DONE.❤️(trust that it’s what’s best for everyone) pic.twitter.com/DVE6hQ9BVAFebruary 25, 2021
Reading “When it’s done it’s done”, Barlog’s tweet doesn’t directly mention God of War: Ragnarok but it seems likely that’s what he’s referring to. The game still has a fairly wide release window of 2021, but there have been rumors that it might be looking at a delay and this tweet doesn’t exactly clear them up. But, as Barlog says, “Trust that it’s what’s best for everyone.”
Coming to PS4 too
PlayStation Studios boss Herman Hulst seems to have confirmed that God of War will be coming to PS4. In a PlayStation Blog post, when asked about how PS4 factors into PlayStation Studios’ vision, Hulst said:
“Where it makes sense to develop a title for both PS4 and PS5 — for Horizon Forbidden West, the next God of War, GT7 — we’ll continue looking at that. And if PS4 owners want to play that game, then they can. If they want to go on and play the PS5 version, that game will be there for them.”
Previously God of War: Ragnarok was only confirmed to release on PS5.
God of War: Ragnarok was briefly teased at the end of the PS5 Showcase event on September 16 2020, where Sony also announced the price and release date of the next-gen PS5 console.
Cory Barlog also changed his Twitter header to a redacted latinate script – and his Twitter avatar to a picture of ice. It suggests we’re moving further north, and into colder climes…
As spotted by GamesRadar, SIE Santa Monica Studio posted job listings last year for a number of roles across its programming, art, design, and tech art teams – with one listing clearly citing the God of War reboot.
Applicants for Senior Combat Designer “Must have knowledge of God of War (2018) and be able to speak in depth about the combat systems, mechanics and enemies”.
A listing for Facial Blend Shape Character Artist also specifically mentions “next-gen videogame platform experience” for the role: something that should whittle down prospective applicants to relatively few animators, given that the next generation of consoles have yet to launch.
The waters were muddied slightly with a Senior Gameplay Animator posting, which asks for someone “to help us push the boundaries of action and combat movement and set the bar for gameplay feel on the PS4“.
God of War PS4 theme
Back in April 2019, a new dynamic theme appeared on PS4 to celebrate the anniversary of the God of War reboot. The theme showed Kratos and Atreus rowing, however the theme contained a secret message (discovered by eagle-eyed God of War fans on Reddit).
The boat the pair are rowing in has runes etched on its side which translate (in English) to “Ragnarok is coming” – which we now know to be a pretty official slogan for the game.
No God of War DLC
God of War director Corey Barlog had said there were originally plans for DLC for the 2018 reboot, but said they were halted for being “too ambitious”. That means the studio can invest resources into an entirely new game as opposed to post-launch content.
God of War (2018) PS5 update
To make the wait for God of War: Ragnarok a little easier, Sony Santa Monica have released a God of War PS5 update that boosts the game’s resolution to a checkerboard 4K resolution while maintaining a 60fps target. Hopefully this means that Ragnarok will continue the pleasing trend of more PS5 games hitting 60fps, even if it means compromising or dropping the resolution slightly to achieve it.
God of War: Ragnarok: what we want to see
[Warning: spoilers for the ending of God of War ahead.]
Exploring that ending further
At the end of God of War, we found out that Kratos’ wife (and Atreus’ mother) Faye was actually a Giant called Laufey. That means Atreus is half God and half Giant and, what’s more, he has a different name altogether: Loki. You know Loki, the trickster of Norse mythology.
Hopefully God of War: Ragnarok will explore this further and we’ll find out more about Faye’s secret past, as well as why she kept it all a secret in the first place. We’re also hoping Atreus will embrace the shape-shifting abilities that Loki is notorious for instead of simply standing on the sidelines firing arrows at enemies.
Atreus isn’t a boy anymore
The God of War sequel may continue on directly from the events of the previous game, however we think it would be more interesting to see how a teenage Atreus and grumpy dad Kratos fair on an adventure.