“I am not afraid of dying, death can have me when it earns me!”
The popular action/adventure game series God of war released an official story and release date trailer on Sept. 13.
God of War, developed by Santa Monica Studio and Jetpack Interactive, has released a series of war games from the first God of War released in 2010 to the latest God of War in 2018. The gameplay is very similar to your typical open-world “hack and slash” types of games, but it is mostly a story-driven game with different mechanics for each stage of the game.
As you may remember, Ragnarok was announced with a 2021 release window, though midway through 2021 that window was pushed to 2022, and now finally God of War Ragnarok will be released this year Nov. 9 for PS5 and PS4.
While the other god of war games have been readily available to PC and console players, Ragnarok will be only exclusive to the PS5 and PS4, so if you do not have one, you are out of luck.
With God of War Ragnarok set to release next month on PlayStation platforms, the Entertainment Software Rating Board has issued the game a “Mature” rating. ESRB ratings give gamers an idea of what type of content to expect and a basic outline of the appositeness of the game for young audiences. Of course, God of War fans already had a good idea that this probably wouldn’t be appropriate for younger players, but the ESRB’s rating summary gives a fun glimpse into what players can expect, including some choice, swear words that will appear in the game.
The summary reads “Players use axes and chained blades to battle enemies, often resulting in large blood-splatter effects and dismemberment. Players can perform finishing attacks that depict close-up impalement via bladed and hand-held weapons; repeated ax strikes to a creature’s neck results in decapitation. Keep in mind that some non-school appropriate swear words are heard in the game.”
I will admit, while I was expecting the usual blood feast and gore/violence of the game, I really did not expect the ESRB to be so explicit about the words included in the game.
God of War Ragnarok will be a direct sequel to 2018’s God of War, leaving off from when Kratos and Atreus, who is the main character of the game, got into a conflict with the god Thor. In the previous game, the pair killed Thor’s sons Modi and Magni, as well as his half-brother Baldur. Thor’s conflict with Kratos and Atreus was foreshadowed at the end of the game and fans have been eager to see where the story will go next.
According to Insider Gaming, God of War Ragnarok will last roughly 40 hours. This duration is reported to be based on the time required to accomplish all missions in the game, including side quests and other stuff. The core plot is expected to last over 20 hours, with cutscenes and other cinematics accounting for around three hours of that time. This indicates that Ragnarok’s side content will take roughly 20 hours to complete on its own, which is significantly more extensive than what was seen in God of War.
God of War Ragnock will cost around 60 to 70 dollars and will not be available for play on PC. But do not worry yet, as gaming coming on PC is still a very likely possibility. While not confirmed, Cory Barlog, co-creator of the series and director of the 2018 reboot, hinted at the prospect of God of War Ragnock coming to PC.
“We have no idea. Right now, [we are] taking it one game at a time, kind of looking at each one and determining, “Okay, is this the best thing?” And we [will] gauge how it does. Do people enjoy it? Did we do it right? Is there anything we did wrong? What can we do better in the future if we do this again? But at the end of the day, ultimately, it’s Sony’s decision.”
Many fans are excited to finally get their hands on the long-awaited God of War sequel, and I have a feeling that this new adventure with Kratos and Atreus will be another smashing success.