God of War Ragnarok: Release date, trailers, story, gameplay & platforms

Andrew Highton
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A lot is known about, potentially, 2022’s biggest game, so here’s everything we know about God of War Ragnarok including its release date, story, gameplay, and which platforms it will appear on.

The God of War franchise was already one of the biggest and best franchises in video game history. The brutal tales of Kratos had already been told across two generations and many gods had suffered.

Then Santa Monica released the critically-acclaimed God of War reboot in 2018, and Kratos’ cultural switch to the land of the Norse surpassed over 10 million in sales – with the figure being closer to 15 million.

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Now, the feared warrior and his son Atreus return in God of War: Ragnarok and their actions from the first game are going to make for a cataclysmic showdown. We’ll bring you all the info we have so far including when we can expect to see God of War: Ragnarok, crucial story details, and which platform you will be able to play it on.

God of War Ragnarok release date

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Sony have now announced that God of War: Ragnarok will release on November 9, 2022.

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A long period of silence had sparked fears that the game had been delayed to 2023, but those fears were put to rest by the announcement of the final date.

God of War Ragnarok platforms

The good news is that God of War: Ragnarok will be on PS4 and PS5.

Even though the PlayStation 5 has been out for some time now, supply shortages have limited how many owners there are in the world. Not only that, but many people are still content with their PS4, meaning that a versatile release would be more beneficial.

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Understandably, there will be a lot of fidelity differences between the two versions with load times, graphical quality, and other elements being key differences between the two builds.

God of War Ragnarok editions

There are four different editions of God of War Ragnarok you can buy; Standard, Digital Deluxe, Collector’s, and Jotnar, each with more and more extra content to enjoy.

Check out each one and it’s contents below:

  • Standard Edition
    • God of War Ragnarok on PS4 or PS5
  • Digital Deluxe Edition
    • Full God of War Ragnarök game on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles. 
    • Kratos Darkdale Armor
    • Atreus Darkdale Attire (cosmetic)
    • Darkdale Blades Handles for the Blades of Chaos
    • Darkdale Axe Grip for the Leviathan Axe
    • Official God of War Ragnarök Digital Soundtrack 
    • Dark Horse Digital Mini Artbook 
    • Avatar Set 
    • PlayStation 4 Theme
  • Collector’s Edition
    • Printed voucher code for the full God of War Ragnarök game on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles.
    • A Steelbook Display Case (no game disc included)
    • 2” Vanir Twins Carvings
    • Dwarven Dice Set
    • 16” Mjölnir Replica
  • Jotnar Edition
    • Printed voucher code for the full God of War Ragnarök game on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles.* 
    • 7-Inch Vinyl Record with music by Bear McCreary – This includes two tracks from composer Bear McCreary. 
    • The Falcon, Bear, and Wolf Pin Set – Representing Faye, Kratos, and Atreus respectively, this pin set symbolizes our heroes’ family. 
    • The Legendary Draupnir Ring – A ring from Norse Mythology, the Legendary Draupnir Ring comes in a red cloth bag. 
    • Brok’s Dice Set – This dice setcomes with a metallic silver finish with blue detailing. The dice bag features the Huldra Brothers’ brand. 
    • Yggdrasil Cloth Map – This cloth map shows each of the Nine Realms within the branches and roots of Yggdrasil. 
    • A Steelbook Display Case (no game disc included)
    • 2” Vanir Twins Carvings 
    • 16” Mjölnir Replica 

God of War Ragnarok story

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2018’s God of War finished on a cliffhanger, and fans are salivating at the prospect of some of Norse’s legendary figures playing a part in the sequel.

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The 2021 Reveal Trailer has confirmed that Ragnarok will take an even deeper look into the struggling bond between Kratos and Atreus. 2018’s hero-now-turned-antagonist Freya is thirsty for revenge against the duo, and now an even mightier force enters – Thor. We don’t know where his allegiance will lie, will he help his sister? Only time will tell.

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All while this is going on, Kratos has his own internal struggle as he desperately wants to prevent more bloodshed as the grizzly memories of his past still haunt him. If that wasn’t enough, Tyr, the Norse God of War, also looks set to team up with the Greek God of War!

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Ragnarok quite literally translates as “Doom of the Gods,” or “Fate of the Gods” depending on which source is more faithful. It means the end of the gods and the end of the world, so in any event, total war is coming to God of War: Ragnarok.

God of War Ragnarok gameplay, weapons & more

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The God of War series has always been revered for its deep combat that allows the player to pull off an insane number of deadly combos.

Kratos will once again have the use of his deadly blades and the reveal trailer also saw the return of the Leviathan Axe. We expect to see more incredible abilities that Kratos and Atreus can use to turn the tide of battle too.

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The PlayStation Showcase showed Atreus summoning a mystical mount that he rode and used to take down foes – a sign of his growing powers.

This will all be necessary as the scope and depth of God of War looks to expand with newer, bigger, tougher foes looking to eradicate father and son.

God of War Ragnarok trailers

At Sony’s PlayStation Showcase in 2021, the game got a full reveal trailer giving fans a deep look into how the game is looking, new elements that have been added, and hints as to where the story is going.

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Here is the 2021 Reveal Trailer.

On July 6, 2022, a short CGI trailer was released to announce the game’s release date. It showed Kratos and Atreus fighting off enemies before being met by a giant wolf thought to be Fenrir.

Check it out here:

In the space of three trailers, we have learned quite a bit about what God of War: Ragnarok aims to bring to the table. Santa Monica looks to go bigger and bolder than before, and it shouldn’t be too long until we learn more.

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For more upcoming titles check out the biggest games still to come in 2022.

Image Credit: Santa Monica Studios

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