Sony Santa Monica have quietly released a new update for their smash hit 2018 kind-of-a-reboot sequel, God of War. Those PlayStation fans currently tucking into the latest instalment will have noticed a prompt asking them to download and install God of War version 1.34 when trying to boot the game.
Don’t get too excited, though. According to the patch notes for update 1.34 it only includes “various bug fixes” so yeah, false alarm. No new content or significant features so put those Leviathan Axes away.
With the next instalment in the PlayStation exclusive franchise having recently been announced during the PlayStation 5 showcase, it’s easy to see why fans are so eager for news on Kratos, Atreus, and their odyssey across the nine realms. We know very little about God of War: Ragnarök, the teaser below only giving us a glimpse of the sequel’s logo with an ominous bit of voiceover from Kratos, played by the sublime Christopher Judge.
If you’re interested in learning more of God of War: Ragnarök then you can read Ade’s theories on what will happen to Kratos and Atreus on their next journey as he probes into Norse mythology and what Ragnarök actually meant to the Vikings. Here’s an excerpt:
Ragnarök means, when translated from Old Norse, “fate of the gods” or “twilight of the gods.” It is both an apocalypse but also a rebirth, for, from the ashes of the old world, a new world is born. At the closing moments of the epic battle so long foretold, most of the Norse gods have ended up catching a severe case of premature death. Thor, Odin, Freya, Heimdall and many others will die in battle against the three children of Loki; Fenrir the giant wolf, Jörmungandr the Midgard serpent, and Hel, ruler of – unsurprisingly – Hel. Few will survive facing these formidable beings. In one of the original tellings, Thor’s sons Modi and Magni do make it to the end of Ragnarök and beyond. Which would be a tricky feat to occur in God of War, on account of them being very dead. So straightaway, we know that God of War will vary significantly from the traditional myths.
One way it will likely run parallel to the original mythology however, is with the gathering of the children of Loki in order to strike against Asgard. All Loki’s kiddie winks were either introduced or name-checked in God of War VIII – Jörmungandr played a significant role in the game, whilst Fenrir and Hel were alluded to – so it could be the case that the structure of Ragnarök will revolve around Kratos and Loki tracking down these ‘children’ and teaming up with them to prepare for the final assault.
In other God of War news, Sony Santa Monica have confirmed that both God of War (2018) and God of War III Remastered will be backwards compatible on PlayStation 5 when the console launches next month.