Kratos and Atreus will return in the next God of War in 2021; here's what we know about Sony Santa Monica Studios' next game.
2018's God of War was a fantastic reboot of the over-the-top and grandiose action-adventure series starring the fallen demi-god Kratos, and developer Sony Santa Monica Studios plans to release the follow-up sometime next year. Revealed during Sony's June PS5 reveal event, the next game will see the return of Kratos and Atreus as they explore more of the ancient Norse realms and encounter more powerful gods looking for retribution.
The Story So Far
Though details are scarce about the sequel's plot, it's fair to say that Kratos and his son Atreus will have new enemies to face as Ragnarok approaches. Towards the end of the original game, both demi-gods have a brief encounter with the hammer-wielding god of thunder, Thor, and it looks as though it won't be a peaceful meeting. In the reveal trailer shown off in June 2020, we saw a brief look at the logo for the next game, along with a voiceover from Kratos saying the words, "you must prepare yourself." It will presumably be focused entirely on the Norse gods. The original Greek mythology from the trilogy only made a small cameo appearance in 2018's game.
One of the most surprising details to come from the reveal teaser was the planned release date of 2021. The next God of War game is poised to be one of the PS5's early heavy hitters; however, with the shifting changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a possibility that 2021 may not be a sure thing. We'll be sure to update this when new details come.
What Platforms Will It Release On?
From what we know so far, the God of War sequel is planned for PS5. However, Horizon Forbidden West, another sequel to a popular PS4 title that's also scheduled for 2021, will launch on both PS4 and PS5 consoles, so there is the possibility that the next God of War will be a cross-gen game as well. Once more information is available, we will update this post.
So far, the only trailer to be released for the sequel is the announcement trailer. In addition to hearing Kratos telling an unseen character, likely Atreus, to prepare for what's coming, we also see a set of runes that translates to "Ragnarok." You can check out the brief trailer below.
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As of right now, DLC plans haven't been revealed for the game. Looking back at 2018's God of War, it received a set of updates that added in additional content, including new armor, game rebalances, and the option to roll into a new game while keeping your gear and skills. It did not have any paid expansions. It remains to be seen if the next God of War will have any post-launch plans, but we'll be sure to keep you updated on what's to come.
How To Pre Order
God of War: Ragnarok has not gone on sale just yet. Once it does, we will update this post with links on how you can secure physical or digital versions of the game.