God of War Ragnarök is an upcoming action-adventure game developed by Santa Monica Studio and will be published by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE).
God of War Ragnarök is scheduled to be released in 2022 for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PlayStation 5 (PS5). 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 Scandinavia and feature series protagonists Kratos and his teenage son Atreus. Serving as the finale to the Norse era of the series, the game will cover 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.
In the months following the game’s announcement in September 2020, many gaming journalists and websites regarded the sequel as one of their most anticipated games; the game won awards for Most Wanted Game and Most Anticipated Game from the 2020 Golden Joystick Awards and PlayStation.Blog awards, respectively. Originally slated for a 2021 release, the game was delayed in part due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on development, and also because of Kratos actor Christopher Judge’s health problems in August 2019.
Taking place three years after events of the previous game, Fimbulwinter is drawing to a close, and it is prophesied that Ragnarök will begin once it comes to an end. A now teenaged Atreus, still reeling from the revelations of the previous game, seeks answers about his identity as Loki, as well as a way to prevent Ragnarök from happening. To uncover the truth, Kratos and Atreus set out to find answers, searching for the giant Norse God of War Týr, who was previously believed to be dead. Whilst traversing the nine realms, the duo must face new threats, including Thor, the enraged God of Thunder, and Freya, their former friend and ally, both seeking vengeance following the deaths of their respective sons by Kratos’ hands.