Back in September at State of Play, God of War: Ragnarok was revealed to the world. (Well we thought it was called Ragnarok until the game’s developer Cory Barlog seemingly debunked that name). However, until I know otherwise and until we get a proper name for the sequel to the soft-reboot of 2018, I will continue to call it “God of War: Ragnarok”. With big shoes to fill following the reboot, here’s what we want to see from the next God of War.
What do we know about the forthcoming God of War? In truth not a great deal. We do know that it will follow on from the events of God of War (2018) with ‘that’ Atreus’ revelation and we do know that Kratos will continue to maim and kill the Norse gods.
Apparently, according to the September reveal, the new God of War is set to release for PlayStation 5 in 2021, however – as fans of the series – we know that it will likely get delayed.
So while we can gossip on the small facts that we know, let’s speculate on what we don’t know and what we’d like to see in the new God of War. Here’s what I would like to see in the next God of War on PlayStation 5.
All Nine Realms
In God of War (2018) it was as fun as hell reaping havoc within the Norse mythology realms. However, out of the nine realms we only got to visit six of them. We visited Alfheim, Helheim, Jötunheim and Midgard aka Earth. The two other realms, Muspelheim and Niflheim, were optional locations.
So that still leaves three of the nine realms to visit: Asgard, Svartalfheim and Vanaheim. There are still plenty of realms to visit – plus whatever the developers at Santa Monica Studio decided to throw into the mix. Perhaps when Kratos is done with the Norse gods, he could find a new form of mythology to terrorise, or perhaps we might even see the original God of War remade for PS5?
God of War (2018) was certainly not lacking in content. It had a fulfilling and quite lengthy campaign with side-activities that offered a genuine purpose to the campaign. However, despite this, some fans were calling for an expansion.
To be fair, Santa Monica Studio supported the game well with New Game Plus, but for those that finished and likely earned the Platinum Trophy before that New Game Plus arrived, there wasn’t too much to go back for.
At this stage we’re not expecting DLC for God of War (2018). We could argue that if Santa Monica did give us an expansion, it would likely feature the three remaining realms, which could put a spanner in the works for the next game. If this happened, it’s likely the 2021 sequel wouldn’t continue on with the Norse mythology, meaning that we wouldn’t get an epic showdown that some of us expect (I’m being vague to avoid spoilers).
That doesn’t mean we couldn’t get an expansion for the next game though, something to tide us over until God of War Part 3? With the likelihood that God of War: Ragnarok will feature the other three realms, what would that leave for a potential expansion? Perhaps any expansion for God of War: Ragnarok could tease something based upon Notable kami or Hindu mythology leading into a God of War 3 (so to speak).
Optional Two-Player Co-Op
Considering that Kratos is an individual who doesn’t play well with others, he and Atreus made for one hell of a dynamic duo. As you progressed through the God of War (2018) campaign you could level-up both Kratos and Atreus, and when that happened they started to work well together as a team, pulling off some epic double-team moves.
So what could be better than an A.I taking control of Atreus? The answer would be a friend. Sure the gameplay balance and difficulty would have to be spot-on, but just imagine if you could play God of War (2018) with a friend taking control of Atreus or Kratos, it would be truly epic. As long as any potential co-op feature wouldn’t lessen the single player experience, I’m all for a co-op feature to be included in God of War: Ragnarok.
For me personally the best weapons in the entire God of War series are the Blades of Chaos. These iconic blades bound to the wrists of Kratos caused utter mayhem and devastating combo damage to any unfortunate foe that would cross paths of Kratos. However, the Leviathan Axe was a more than worthy addition to the arsenal of Kratos, with its enchanted powers that would have you flinging and chopping this awesome weapon as if it was Thor’s Mjölnir hammer.
However, while I would like to see more of the same in terms of gameplay in God of War: Ragnarok other than a few minor tweaks here and there, I believe one or two new additions wouldn’t go amiss. First of all I want the Leviathan Axe and the other weapon (again I’m being deliberately vague) to go nowhere.
So what new weapons could Kratos play with in the God of War: Ragnarok? Perhaps a sword to go with his new shield? Also what about Atreus? Well considering he is an expert at long-ranged attacks, perhaps he would be equipped with a spear or even a ‘David and Goliath’ style sling-shot? We don’t know, but we’d love to see!
A Proper Name
Oh and finally, this is more of a more immediate request rather than a feature to be included in the sequel, but can Santa Monica Studio at least give us an official name already? Just so that we know whether or not we should continue calling the next game “God of War: Ragnarok” or “God of War Part 2”?
Well that concludes our list of what we’d like to see in the next God of War. Be sure to let us know what you’d like to see across our social media channels and let us know how excited you are for God of War: Ragnarok by reacting to our Emoji’s below.
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