God of War 2, or God of War: Ragnarok, is still coming. At some point.
After repairing their father-son bond, Kratos and Atreus are faced with a new foe in the wake of the destruction they have wreaked across Midgard.
Here's everything we know about the next God of War title from Santa Monica Studios.
LATEST - No One Is Talking About It
This is what seems to be driving the rumours that God of War 2 is going to be delayed.
Below, Nibellion raises a very good point about Jim Ryan's recent interview with GQ...
In addition, God of War's Game Direction Cory Barlog is being comically quiet about knowing anything about God of War 2 and Ragnarok.
Of course, neither of these is a confirmation, but it does seem like God of War 2 isn't at the forefront of PlayStation's 2021 release plans given its omission in larger conversations.
State of Play Announcement
PlayStation has a State of Play presentation scheduled for February 25th and God of War 2 is a big talking point amongst fans.
In a recent discussion on 2021's plans, SIE CEO Jim Ryan seemed to consciously leave God of War: Ragnarok out of discussions while mentioning upcoming titles, like Horizon: Forbidden West.
Could the next God of War title be getting delayed? Would they announce that at a State of Play Presentation?
At the moment, all we know is that God of War 2 is due to launch in 2021. However, this is subject to change.
Notable Industry insiders have been clear to point out the lack of any social activity regarding God of War: Ragnarok and seem to think that 2022 will be a much-more viable release window.
Below, you can check out the very uninformative reveal teaser we got last year:
At the end of God of War, we got a glimpse of what is to come from God of War 2 and the subtitle "Ragnarok" seems largely accurate.
In God of War, Kratos kills Magni and Modi during his travels. These two are Thor's sons and the mysterious figure we see at the end of the God of War campaign is undoubtedly the God of Thunder.
However, that's all we know really going into God of War 2.
Ragnarok is the story of the Apocalypse, according to Norse Mythology, and we can only offer guesswork as to what this will translate to in the next God of War game.
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A conflict between Thor and Kratos is bound to be an epic clash, but could it really bring about the end of the world? With God Of War showcasing several of the Nine Realms, maybe one or two of them could get destroyed.
Will Kratos Die?
We know this is a bit of a long shot, but it isn't outside the realms of possibility when you consider the original plans for the God of War reboot and what could happen in God of War: Ragnarok.
In an on-stage talk in 2019, Game Director Cory Barlog commented that "people were saying we had to get rid of Kratos" in early talks about the title.
" So there was a bunch of people who were in the camp of, ‘No more Kratos, he’s annoying, he’s done.’ And I already decided right from the beginning, ‘I was like, I want to use him,’ because I want to see if we can make a turnaround with the character, see if we can take somebody that people hate, you know, or they like to hate?”"
With Ragnarok meaning the "end of the world", could we see Kratos' death as a metaphorical world-ending for Atreus?
We also know that Atreus is actually Loki, who famously has a rivalry with Thor throughout Norse Mythology and it's representations. Maybe God of War 2 is going to give us this classic battle instead?