Ragnarok is approaching in the upcoming God of War title. Kratos and Atreus are faced with the wrath of the remaining Norse Gods. Santa Monica is aiming to finish off the Norse saga of the father-son journey with God of War Ragnark.
Series veteran Eric Williams will be stepping in as the director for God of War Ragnarok. 2018’s God of War was a personal game to Cory Balrog, Eric Williams intends to bring his own plans to the father-son story. “Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for my wife and me,” Williams said. “So I struggled with that a lot. Like, how do I take this on? You know, and it’s like luckily we do have still a lot of like fathers and mothers and parents on the team that I can borrow stories from. So I looked at it from a different way. I was like, okay, well, the last game was a lot of you had one young person and a lot of adults. So there’s a lot of asking. There’s a lot of telling. And I was like, well, how do we change that? So there’s a better perspective for Atreus, who’s growing into a young man. And so we wanted to find ways to bring characters that are closer to his age in and so that we can see those different perspectives.”
Prior to God of War Ragnarok, Eric Williams was working closely with Cory Balrog in the development of 2018’s God of War. In an interview with IGN Balrog praises Williams for pushing him and the team in order to bring in the foundational changes and updates to the game.
“When Cory and I sat down and first talked about , he was like, ‘Well, we’re going to tear the house down to the studs.’ I was like, ‘What does that really mean?’ We went back and forth on whether some things were just sacred. And I was like, ‘Well, if we’re going to do it, we have to do all of it.’ We got to those places where it was, no blades, no jump, new camera, companion, all that,” Williams said.
Another big change to the upcoming God of War title is the portrayal of the Norse God of Thunder, Thor. In an interview with gameinformer, Eric Williams and Cory Balrog talk about why they chose to go with the rounded physique. “Well, I don’t know, we just want him to be a big boy, you know. There’s Marvel’s interpretation of him is one thing. It’s interesting. We wanted to, you know, go a little deeper into the mythology itself.” “I think there’s something so fantastic in that that not everything needs to be this glistening muscle hulk kind of concept to still be fantastic and powerful and intimidating,” Cory Barlog chimed in.
According to Eric Williams, Thor will be a bit immature because he wields all that power. “I wanted him to almost feel like a man child, you know, like if you had that much power and you can do those things, you’re not going to grow. You don’t need to. You just do what you want” Eric Williams is a long term veteran of the God of War franchise starting with God of War 2 all the way back from 2007.
There are some familiar faces returning to God of War Ragnork. However, not all of them are on friendly terms with Kratos and Atreus this time around. Here is our full article on the first reveal trailer for the game.
God of War Ragnarok is coming out in 2022 for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.