Since the moment Kratos laid down his Leviathan axe at the end of 2018’s God of War relaunch (also known as God of War 4 to some), players have been asking the same question.
“When are we getting a sequel?”
We got a vague answer to that during Sony’s PlayStation 5 online announcement event. A teaser trailer for the game closed out the program, showing us nothing but generating a whole lot of excitement while doing it.
We even got a release window of sometime in 2021.
“The time draws near,” we hear Kratos say as a symbol begins to form. It looks like the Omega symbol, which has been used throughout the entire series as a depiction of Kratos and war itself. However, the symbol is blue, appears made of ice, and features Norse writing inside. Rather than being a true omega symbol, it almost appears as though it’s a depiction of the Jormungandr, the World Serpent, who played a pivotal role in the first game.
“You must prepare yourself,” Kratos says as the now classic God of War music we came to know and love in 2018 swells to a crescendo. The symbol disappears and is replaced with the words “Ragnarok is Coming.”
Many believe that the game will not be called God of War 5, but will instead be called God of War: Ragnarok, which would make sense. The 2018 title was not called God of War 4, despite being a direct sequel to God of War 3. Instead, it was just called God of War, serving as a soft reboot for the franchise. While the lore established in previous God of War games is still canon, you don’t have to play them to be able to jump onto the saga at this point.
We see the beginnings of Ragnarok, the Norse Armageddon, as the game closes. In the final moments of God of War, Kratos and his son Atreus are confronted by a very familiar figure in modern pop culture. The game ends with Kratos screaming, “Who are you!?” at the stranger.
It’s clear that this game is once again going to be taking place in the world of Norse mythology, pitting Kratos and Atreus against the gods and monsters of Norse legend. Of course, this new setting for God of War was a departure from the original games, which all took place in Ancient Greece. Kratos originally fought against the likes of Aries and Zeus himself, running roughshod through the Greek pantheon.
The God of War sequel is due out sometime in 2021 on the PlayStation 5.