God of War 2018 was a reinvention of the series that also served as a stepping-off point for a new world, with a new story and pantheon of gods for a curmudgeony Kratos to fight against. Today, we got our first glimpse of what's next for Kratos and son, the next God of War in 2021.
The brief teaser, shown at the end of today's PS5 games and console showcase, only revealed a logo and ominous voiceover, telling us to prepare for what's to come. What's coming, it seems, is Ragnarok—the doomsday of Nordic myth. Seems like Kratos might have upset some folks?
God of War's 2018 reimagining by Sony's Santa Monica studio saw a new vision for Kratos. The traditional hack-and-slash, anger-fueled revenge trek was succeeded by a tough tale about fathers and sons. It also flipped the script, taking Kratos out of Greek myth and into Norse mythology, dealing with the likes of Baldur and Freya.
Considering the way God of War (2018)'s post-credits sequence went, it was no surprise to see that we'd be returning to the Norse setting, with even bigger gods to contend with than before. Kratos' son will likely also become a factor, as the last-minute reveal of his true name—and the true nature of his lineage—raised a lot of questions and potential threads.
The next God of War currently just has a 2021 launch window, presumably for the PlayStation 5. It'll be cool to see how it make suse of all the new haptics in Sony's DualSense controller—I'm really hoping for some kind of force-feedback when you chunk the axe and call it back.
Other news today included the confirmation of the PlayStation 5's release date, on Nov. 12, 2020 for the US, and price points for both models of the PS5. The digital version will be priced at $399.99, while a model with a disc drive will run $499.99.