The untitled God of War sequel is an action-adventure game currently in development by Santa Monica Studio and will be published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
The untitled God of War sequel is an action-adventure game currently in development by Santa Monica Studio and will be published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It is scheduled to be released in 2021 for the PlayStation 5. It will be the ninth installment in the God of War series, the ninth chronologically, and the sequel to 2018's God of War. Loosely based on Norse mythology, the game will be set in ancient Norway and feature series protagonists Kratos and his young son Atreus. The game is expected to initiate Ragnarök, a series of events that bring about the end of days and depicts the deaths of the Norse gods, which was foretold to happen in the previous game after Kratos killed the Æsir god Baldur.
The untitled sequel has been recognized as one of 2021's most anticipated games.
A sequel to 2018's God of War was teased at the end of that game; it ended with the impending Ragnarök soon to happen, as well as a secret ending that showed a vision that the Æsir god Thor would confront Kratos and Atreus at the end of Fimbulwinter. Although he did not officially announce a new game at the time, game director Cory Barlog confirmed that the 2018 installment would not be Kratos' last game, and it was later revealed that future games would continue to be set in the Norse environment and include Atreus. In April 2019, a teaser came in the form of a PlayStation 4 dynamic background theme; the side of Kratos and Atreus' boat had runes that translated to "Ragnarök is coming." During the PlayStation 5 Showcase event on September 16, 2020, a new God of War was officially announced for a 2021 release on the PlayStation 5. The short teaser trailer did not officially reveal the name of the sequel, but just like the runes from the dynamic theme, the trailer stated that "Ragnarök is coming." This led some sources to believe the title of the game to be God of War: Ragnarök, though this has not been confirmed by Sony. The tagline implies that this will be the start of Ragnarök in the God of War universe, which in Norse mythology is a series of events that bring about the end of days and deaths of the Norse gods.
When the game was first announced in September 2020, it was only announced as a PlayStation 5 (PS5) title. However, after Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) revealed their plans on supporting their previous console until at least 2022, speculation began on whether or not the new God of War would see a cross-gen release on the PlayStation 4 (PS4), as some other titles that were originally thought to be PlayStation 5 exclusives were also announced to release on PS4 (e.g., Horizon Forbidden West). In an interview with The Telegraph shortly after the newer platform's launch in November, SIE's President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan was questioned on if the new God of War would be a PS5-exclusive; he replied that he had "nothing to say" at the time.
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