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God of War 5 Ragnarök: Release date, trailers, Thor, gameplay and story

God of War 5 Ragnarök: Release date, trailers, Thor, gameplay and story
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God of War 5 Ragnarök is not only confirmed, but it’s coming way sooner than any of us could have ever anticipated. Sony is trying to take all of my money and they are succeeding. We even got a full blown gameplay trailer.

We know a bit about God of War 5 Ragnarök, including the main antagonists, so we’ve compiled a crap ton of lore about the actual Ragnarök and discuss all of the possibilities that could occur with the next game. Heavy, heavy spoilers ahead for God of War. You have been warned.

Here’s everything we know so far about God of War 5: Ragnarök.

God of War 5 Ragnarök release date

Shockingly, we actually had a release window for God of War 5: Ragnarök -- 2021. However, since then, God of War has unsurprisingly been delayed to 2022. Even getting this game out next year is wild, considering God of War just launched in 2018. Sure, Santa Monica Studios has had four years, but it is way sooner than how long it took to get Horizon Forbidden West and The Last of Us Part II.

Since Santa Monica Studios already built God of War from the ground up, we imagine that it’ll be much easier to create a sequel to the 2018 game of the year, but since this title will be coming to PS5, we’ll get enhanced graphics at hopefully higher frame rates.

There hasn't been an update on the release date for God of War 5: Ragnarök, but we recently learned that God of War will be backwards compatible with the PS5 and the game will also carry over your save data from the PS4.

It's been practically dead silent on the news front concerning God of War 5 Ragnarök, but we got some insight into what platforms the next God of War game might be on, at least according to former Santa Monica employee David Jaffe.

Jaffe was streaming none other than God of War when he made a comment on the fate of God of War 5 Ragnarök. "I'm sure the next God of War will be PS4, PS5," Jaffe said. "Of course it will."

Jaffe also echoes the words of Jim Ryan, the president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, who stated that Sony will support PS4 for the next few years at the very least. What Jaffe is saying isn't necessarily a confirmation, but as someone with insight into the studio, his claim may have some truth to it.

If you're itching for some God of War content, God of War: Fallen God #1 launches on March 10, 2021. It is the beginning of a comic book series that takes place between the events of God of War III and God of War (2018).

We haven't received any news about the latest God of War title, but Cory Barlog is teasing people on Twitter with story details.

We got the first real trailer drop recently, and the release date remains unchanged, launching sometime in 2022. God of War 5 Ragnarök is also officially coming to PS4. God of War Ragnarök will offer a digital upgrade option from a disc or digital PS4 game to the digital PS5 version for an additional cost.

Recently, God of War was just announced for PC, so it's entirely possible that God of War 5 Ragnarök may launch on PC at some point.

God of War 5 Ragnarök story

If you’ve beaten God of War, you know exactly where this game is going to go. It’s time for the end of times, at least for the Norse gods, a.k.a. Ragnarök. In the previous game, we got a bunch of background about what is prophesied to happen when Ragnarök begins.

God of War 5 Ragnarök: Release date, trailers, Thor, gameplay and story

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In real norse mythology, Ragnarök begins with a great battle that leads to the death of many gods, including  Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, Heimdallr, and Loki. However, God of War’s depiction is slightly different, as Ragnarök was first prophesied by Jötunn Seeress Gróa. At the center of her prophecy is “a white ghost from another land and his young son,” a.k.a. Kratos and Atreus. 

After Odin learned of this prophecy, he killed her, but she didn’t tell him everything, so he obsessively committed himself to seek out more knowledge. The giants in Jötunheim actually knew everything about Ragnarök, which is why Odin invaded and tried to catch a peek at their prophecy. Odin then went on a killing spree, taking out giants in all of the nine-realms. At some point, the giants retreated to Jötunheim and shut themselves off from the rest of the realms to protect themselves as well as the prophecy.

When we get to Jötunheim, we get a whole mural that prophesied the events of Ragnarök (thanks, God of War wiki). Surprise, the first mark of Ragnarök is Baldur’s death, the very antagnonist that we murder in God of War. Baldur’s death is followed by Fimbulwinter, which is a three-year long winter.

Then, after three years, Ragnarök begins, both in and out of game apparently. It officially begins when Sköll and Hati, two giant wolves, devour the Sun and the Moon. Then, Surtr the Fire Giant burns Asgard to rubble with his flaming sword just before being killed by Thor and Odin. A war between Odin’s gang (the Aesir) and Freya’s crew (the Vanir) then ensues. In the war, a battle between Fenrir and Odin breaks out, and they both die. Eventually a battle between the World Serpent and Thor occurs, and apparently Thor hits the serpent so hard that Yggdrasil splinters and sends the Serpent back in time.

The major reveal at the end of the mural was a depiction of Kratos’ death at the hand of his own son, Atreus. It’s unclear how many, if any, of these events will come to pass, as we’ve seen Kratos defy fate and destiny time and time again. However, after Kratos’ death, it’s prophesied that Atreus meets up with a group of wolves and the three of them travel together. I’m assuming these wolves are in fact Sköll and Hati, but that’s just a guess.

Meanwhile, fans are picking apart God of War director Cory Barlog's Twitter for clues, and since it's packed with Alien and space-related stuff, the theory is either that we're going to see some space stuff in God of War or Barlog is working on a sci-fi game. Both theories are pretty out there, so I wouldn't read too much into it.

We still don't know much about what's going on in the story, but recently, video game journalist and content creator Alanah Pearce joined Sony Santa Monica Studios as a video game writer.

However, after the first official trailer dropped, we now know that this game is all about preventing Ragnarok, and that Thor and Freya are the main antagonists, seeking vengeance for the death of their family. And in this journey, players will be able to visit all nine realms in Norse mythology.

God of War 5 Ragnarök Thor

If you got the cleverly hidden ending at the end of God of War, you know that Thor is going to be a prominent figure in this game and he is pissed. You know, because you killed two of his sons, Modi and Magni. It’s more than likely that he’ll be God of War 5 Ragnarök’s primary antagonist.

God of War 5 Ragnarök: Release date, trailers, Thor, gameplay and story

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Despite having a prophesied run in with the God of Thunder himself, we actually haven’t heard his voice in God of War, so we don’t know who’ll be playing him in God of War 5 Ragnarök. And, given that Thor will need to be cast, we might see a slightly different face model for him in God of War 5 Ragnarök.

However, we now know what Thor looks like and who's playing him: Ryan Hurst. That's right, the Sons of Anarchy heart-throb himself.

God of War 5 Ragnarök trailer

We have one measly trailer little-to-no visuals, but it does come with a sexy voice over from Kratos himself. He says, “The time draws near. You must prepare yourself,” which is presumably spoken to Atreus.

Here is the trailer below:

We finally have another trailer to add to the list, and this is a full look at the story, gameplay and much more. War is brewing, and the boys need to navigate through all of the nine realms to stop Ragnarok.

God of War 5 Ragnarök gameplay

While I am shocked that God of War 5 Ragnarök has a 2021 release date, I’m not shocked that we haven’t seen any gameplay. We don’t imagine that it’ll play very differently from God of War, but we’ll certainly see some improvements.

I want to see upgrades around the camera, the gear system and even how Atreus functions. In theory, this should take place three years after God of War, since that’s when Ragnarök should begin after Baldur’s death. If that’s the case, then Atreus should have a whole new host of abilities to mess with, and since I imagine we aren’t starting the game back to zero, Santa Monica Studios has to figure out how to build upon the massive skill tree we already earned in the previous game.

Additionally, we expect at least one major battle to break out between Kratos and Freya, since she did vow vengeance against us for killing her son, Baldur. So, going toe to toe with the original Queen Valkyrie is probably going to be as scary as it sounds.

Just in the new trailer alone, we see Kratos have a confrontation with Freya as well as Thor. The combat looks smoother, more fast-paced, but overall built on the same foundation as the original. Instead of rowing a boat through Midguard, you will be sledding with some adorable pups. Well, you'll be able to row your way in other areas. Also, Kratos can now just jump from huge heights to do badass ground pounds. And the Blades of Chaos act as grappling hooks for platforming.

Rami Tabari

Rami Tabari is a Senior Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder's dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline attached to the latest Souls-like challenge.