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Today’s PlayStation State of Play event brought us a longer gameplay trailer for God of War: Ragnarok. While Kratos is the primary character players will control, Atreus, Kratos’ son, plays a central role in the story. We also get a glimpse of the many different worlds Kratos and Atreus will visit as they explore the Nine Realms.
The story of Ragnarok will focus on Kratos and Atreus, and we will see them face the Norse god of war, Tyr, who was a prominent and unseen character in the previous game. Now the two are hunted by the chief of the Norse gods, Odin, Freya and Thor, as they try to learn about their fate and endure Ragnarok, the end of all things. However, Atreus does not tell Kratos everything, and what he is keeping from his father remains a mystery.
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Although this was a story trailer, there are several scenes of Kratos and Atreus in battle throughout the Nine Realms, battling several mythical creatures such as the Valkryre. These were some of the most powerful enemies in the 2018 game, and it looks like they’ll be returning for this entry. In these intense sequences, we capture Kratos’ smooth action using his Leviathan ax and Blades of Chaos, while Atreus provides support from the side with his bow and illusion magic.
Near the end of the trailer, we see Kratos and Atreus standing next to two giant wolves as they stare at an eclipse above them. For those versed in Norse mythology, these two are likely Skoll and Hati, and they were referenced in stories in the previous game. These two pursue the sun and the moon and they finally catch their prey as Ragnarok begins. In this sequence, Atreus fires an arrow at the sun, causing one of the wolves to chase after it, darkening the sky. This will likely be a defining moment in the Ragnarok story and potentially the fall of the Norse Gods.
God of War Ragnarok will be released on PlayStation 5 on November 9.