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PlayStation Showcase: God of War Ragnarok is the ‘Finale of the Norse Saga,’ Cory Barlog Not Directing, Gameplay Revealed

Today’s PlayStation Showcase finally unveiled gameplay for the next God of War, which is officially titled God of War Ragnarok. It was also revealed during the post-show that previous director Cory Barlog is not directing God of War Ragnarok. Take a look at the new gameplay reveal below, showing some of the story and gameplay updates.

Herman Hulst later said during the post-show that God of War Ragnarok is the “finale of the Norse Saga” of God of War, which hints at big things to come for the series in the future. They also confirmed that Ragnarok, the event, will happen in this game. Odin and Thor are also confirmed to play enormous roles as the Norse Saga closes out. There’s also Tyr, the Norse God of War, who is much taller than Kratos, and it will be curious to see how they clash. The post-show (below), also confirmed that Cory Barlog stepped away from the Director role on Ragnarok, but he’s working on something else he’s not talking about just yet.

The long awaited title was first revealed last year with nothing more than a logo and the words “Ragnarok is coming.” Because of this teaser, many have taken to calling it God of War: Ragnarok, though Sony hadn’t officially titled the game anything more than the “next God of War” until today. It will continue the story of Kratos and his son, Atreus. Its story was previously teased in a post-credits scene players receive once returning to Kratos and Atreus’ home after finishing the game. This showed a figure standing outside of their home, a bolt of lightning, and a famous hammer. While Thor was mentioned in the original God of War, he wasn’t ever someone you met on the journey. How the reveal of who Atreus actually is (Loki) will impact this dynamic should play heavily into Sony Santa Monica’s interpretation of Norse mythology.

Originally slated for a 2021 release, Sony Santa Monica pushed the game back to an unspecified date, with director Cory Barlog stating that it would release when it was ready. Despite knowing next to nothing about the upcoming title, it’s been one of PlayStation Studios’ most anticipated upcoming games.

God of War is expected on both PS4 and PS5 in 2022, though the Showcase didn’t mention any release dates or windows.

If you missed the PlayStation Showcase, you can watch the 40 minute presentation again here. We’ll also have a full recap of every announcement from the show.