Last night saw PlayStation’s autumn showcase, and what show it was. From start to end, Sony seemed to knock it out of the park with each and every game announced. With the exception of wheeling out the grey and wheezing GTA5 for one more bite at the next generational cherry, there really are some rather splendid games to look forward to on the… Horizon (I make no appology).
From the Knights of the Old Republic Remaster (oh my gee), to an absolutely epic new IP called “Project Eve”, Sony were pulling no punches. But of course the good folk at PlayStation saved the very best till last. We finally got a good, hard look at God of War: Ragnarök, and what a show stopper it was.
No doubt there will be a whole host of new Nordic gods to smash the living granny out of in God of War Ragnarök
But after the initial gameplay footage, Sony went behind the scenes with Eric Williams, the sequal director in a post-show interview. Very quickly it was clear that for Eric, it was time to let a whole pride of cats out of the metaphoric bag. Spoilers, or teasers, call them what you will, were dropped with wanton abandon. When asked if Ragnarök – the Nordic end of the world – would happen in the title, Williams says,
“You can’t call the game God of War Ragnarök and not have Ragnarök happen in the game,”
Well, that does sound pretty bloody exciting. But this is where, deep in the recesses of my mini-mind did a tiny light-bulb flicker. If Ragnarök does indeed take place in the upcoming sequal, could Kratos and BOY survive the literal end of the world? I mean, he’s certainly taken a few hard knocks over the years, but that really is pushing the (long) boat out.
As it happens, this introspection was entirely unnecessary. Moments later, in the interview Willimas dropped an absolute clanger. Elaborating on Ragnarök’s presence in the adventure, he says
“It’s going to happen. We’re gonna cap off the Norse series with it.”
Boom. Mic well and truely dropped. Whether this was an intentional reveal or not is anyone’s guess, but whatever way you spin it, Kratos’ time in Midguard will end with the second game. What that actually means for this specific iteration of our beloved God of War and BOY is not necessarily as clear. Could the duo find themselves transported to another realm, to continue their biblical crusade battling yet more gods from yet another ethos? But this is rife speculation at best.
In other news, PlayStation’s blog revealed that we will be able to visit all nine realms in this apparent conclusion. In the prior game, Vanaheim, Svartalfheim, and notably Asgard were sealed off. This of course hints at a much larger game, which is good news for those hungry to get back into the thick of it. From the blog,
“Exploring the realms will take you everywhere from verdant, otherworldly jungles to intricate subterranean mining networks. This next instalment in the series will bring you a more diverse, beautiful, and mysterious variety of locations than in any other God of War game.”
Of course we were all monstrously excited before. But knowing this is the last chance to channel our inner godly parenting skills, it’s with mixed emotions that we ready ourselves for the launch next year. Were you expecting a tribology, or are you happy for the saga to be cut short with Ragnarök? Let us know in the comments.
And if you missed the showcase, check it out below.
Source; PlayStation Showcase, Push Square
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Olly S, July 2020