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God of War Ragnarok Gets First Look at Gameplay

God of War Ragnarok Gets First Look at Gameplay - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 September 2021 / 3,413 Views

Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment and developer Santa Monica Studio have released the first gameplay footage of God of War Ragnarök, which will launch in 2022 for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.

View the gameplay video below:

Read details on the game below:

Atreus is desperately curious. Like most young people, he wants to understand who he is more than anything. In this case, he wants to understand who he could be. The mystery of Loki’s role in the upcoming conflict is something that Atreus cannot let go of. He wants to keep his family safe, but Atreus also doesn’t want to stand by and do nothing while conflict consumes the Nine Realms.  

Kratos, still bearing the knowledge of his past mistakes, wants to spare Atreus the bloody lessons he learned from his conflict with gods. He wants to keep his son safe, above all, and their confrontation with Baldur has vindicated the belief that only tragedy will come from further entanglements with the Aesir.  

Together, Kratos and Atreus will have to make a choice about which path they will take. Whatever they choose will define the fate of all those living in the Nine Realms as Ragnarök approaches.  

Agony and Vengeance  

We show a brief look at two of the main antagonists you’ll face in God of War Ragnarök: Freya and Thor. 

Because of Kratos’ actions at the end of the previous game, the once-ally-turned-enemy Freya has sworn vengeance for the death of her son, Baldur.  

We wanted to remind players that Freya isn’t just a terrifyingly powerful user of Vanir magic, but also that she’s a formidable warrior in her own right. Enraged by Kratos’ evasion of justice by her hand, Freya will turn every weapon at her disposal towards her son’s killer.  

Also suffering the loss of his sons and half-brother, Thor’s legendary bloodlust and wrath will be aimed at Kratos and Atreus.   

Referred to disparagingly by Mimir as the “Biggest Butchering Bastard in the Nine Realms,” Thor earned his title as one of the most powerful Aesir gods by wiping out nearly all the Giants at Odin’s command.  

While we don’t want to give too much away right now, we think even a peek at Mjölnir wreathed in lightning will give you a hint at just how formidable Thor will be as an adversary. 

You Have My Axe 

It would not be God of War without a healthy serving of visceral and spectacular combat. You’ve been able to see just a hint of new attack abilities, a new Runic Summon for Atreus, and of course, the return of Kratos’ legendary weapons 

As a team we’ve worked hard to take our learnings from God of War (2018) and improve upon combat to feel fresh, yet familiar. With God of War Ragnarök, one of our main goals was to push player choice in combat. Whether it’s through hard hitting combos, a mastery of elements, or clever defensive tactics – you will find plenty of opportunity to fight alongside our duo in a way that feels uniquely expressive. 

Whatever your choice of combat strategy, the enemies that await in God of War Ragnarök will be ready. The realms have grown harsher, and a whole host of new creatures from across Norse mythology will test your skills. From the trailer you can see what happens when Kratos finds himself under the hooves of the Stalker or grabbed between the jaws of a Dreki, and that’s just the beginning.  

With an expanded cast of adversaries, we aim to keep each combat encounter memorable from the smallest brawls to the big show-stopper bosses! We can’t wait to show you more as we get closer to release. 

Onward to Asgard 

Fans who played the last game know they were able to visit six of the Nine Realms during their journey. In God of War Ragnarök, you will be able to visit all nine!  

God of War Ragnarök will take you to the previously unreachable Vanaheim, Svartalfheim, and Asgard – as well as to new areas from locations featured in the last game. Exploring the realms will take you everywhere from verdant, otherworldly jungles to intricate subterranean mining networks.  

This next installment in the series will bring you a more diverse, beautiful, and mysterious variety of locations than in any other God of War game.  


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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22 Comments
thevideogameninja (on 09 September 2021)

That scene with Thor gave me chills.

For those that beat the first game (4.) they have been waiting for that moment ever since.

While it doesn't look like this sequel re-invents the wheel or anything it looks like it builds upon the foundations of its predecessor in a lot of ways. For those that loved the previous game (including yours truly.) that is good news.

Don't think I've been this excited for Ragnarok to come. 😉

-BATTLE OF THE GODS/BEERUS NINJA APPROVED

  • +4

God of War 2 was regarded as my favorite of the franchise because it did just that. It successfully built on what came before and was astounding. Then God of War 2018 came out and I was blown away again and I think it dethroned GoW II as my favorite. I'm hoping my expectations for Ragnarok isn't too high though, unless they exceed those as well.

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pitzy272 (on 09 September 2021)

Wait, did they definitively say this is the last game in the Norse mythology?? So no trilogy??

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EricHiggin pitzy272 (on 10 September 2021)

Hard to believe they wouldn't do a trilogy, but isn't Ragnarok how the mythos ends?

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pitzy272 EricHiggin (on 10 September 2021)

I thought I heard them say this was the end of the Norse chapter, but I thought I must’ve heard them wrong. Can anyone confirm one way or the other?

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NextGen_Gamer pitzy272 (on 10 September 2021)

Can confirm this is the end of the Norse chapter and the end of the God of War (2018) style reinvention of the series. Most likely after this they will take a break, maybe revisit another franchise or new IP before coming back.

  • +10

I'm glad they aren't doing a trilogy though, because then the game will be building to a cliffhanger and I don't like that. Since the cliffhanger won't be dealt with for another 3 or 4 years after the game is over.

This way they can fit all their surprises into one package. Plus it appears this will be the end of Kratos too.

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Zippy6 pitzy272 (5 days ago)

It's very strange, I thought Thor would be the main bad guy in this one and then Odin in the final game. Guess not.

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pitzy272 Zippy6 (4 days ago)

This is what I thought as well.

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TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 09 September 2021)

So instead of "Boy" is Kratos going to call Atreus "Teen"?

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TallSilhouette TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 09 September 2021)

YOUNG MAN!!!

  • +20

😂🤣

-THELEGENDARYBIGBOSS APPROVED-

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fauzman (on 09 September 2021)

Very excited for this and great to see some gameplay.
Also that Tyr looks impressive.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 10 September 2021)

i think they mashed 2+3 in this game!
ragnarok is the end so it wont make sense for them to make a third game!?

off to egypt or aztec or mayans lol

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SecondWar (on 10 September 2021)

So is the girl at the end Angrbooa?

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shikamaru317 SecondWar (on 10 September 2021)

Yes, it's confirmed that it is. And anyone who follows Norse mythology knows that Angrboda is Loki's wife, and we all know who Loki is in God of War now xD

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SecondWar shikamaru317 (on 10 September 2021)

I’m still doing the compare and contrast versus the same two characters in AC Valhalla.

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2zosteven (on 09 September 2021)

Again, if i can get my hands on a PS5 before release, this will be a day 1 purchase.

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AdvanceWebSolutions (on 09 September 2021)

Looks awesome. It really seems like a legit step up from the last one and that game was one of the best...

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Eric2048 (on 09 September 2021)

Oh yesssss

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Manlytears (on 09 September 2021)

there's so much things to explore in this game... i hope they can create a nice narrative, not rushed just for the sake of "ending the Norse pantheon in Ragnarok".
One thing is for sure, this game will be huge in size!

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V-r0cK (on 09 September 2021)

Interesting that this is going to be the last game of the Norse world. Figured this game would've been with Thor and conclude with Odin. But I guess since the game is about twice as long as the previous then maybe they were able to squeeze it all in. Regardless i'm super hyped for this!

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