It’s been more than two years since the PS4’s amazing God of War reboot released, but we are already looking ahead to the future of the long-running hit PlayStation series.
While Sony is still up on the cutting edge in this area, the success of God of War means that a sequel is likely on the way (maybe another God of War 2?). In addition, Sony Santa Monica has posted job ads for a number of roles on its teams – one list clearly indicating the restart of God of War.
At this point, it is very likely that God of War 2 will appear on PS5 than on PS4. Therefore we named this hub accordingly.
With that we have gathered all the rumors and news about the sequel to God of War for you.
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God of War 2 release date
Sony Santa Monica hasn’t officially confirmed that God of War 2 (or whatever the name is) is in the works, but we don’t expect a sequel to be released until after the PS5 “Holiday 2020” releases – that’s extreme unlikely the game will be released before either Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Late 2020) or Horizon Forbidden West (TBA 2021). Sony likes to stagger its exclusive games.
So we don’t expect it until 2021 or 2022. In any case, we expect God of War 2 to be available exclusively for Sony’s PlayStation 5.
God of War 2 News and Rumors
God of War 2 could appear at today’s PS5 Showcase event, which will announce the release date and price of the PS5 and new software. Cory Barlog recently changed his Twitter header to an edited script – and his Twitter avatar to an image made of ice. This has sparked a fair bit of speculation about how the game will look during this livestream. Let’s wait and see …
As discovered by GamesRadar, SIE Santa Monica Studio posted vacancies for a number of roles on the programming, arts, design, and technical arts teams over the past year – one list clearly mentioning the God of War restart.
Senior Combat Designer Applicant “Must have knowledge of God of War (2018) and be able to speak in depth about the combat systems, mechanics and enemies”.
A listing for Facial Blend Shape Character Artist also specifically mentions the “next generation video game platform experience” for the role: something that should reduce potential applicants to relatively few animators as the next generation of consoles has not yet launched.
The waters are slightly clouded with a Senior Gameplay Animator post asking someone to “help us push the boundaries of action and combat movement and set the bar for the gameplay feel on PS4”.
God of War PS4 theme
Back in April 2019, a new dynamic theme appeared on PS4 to celebrate the anniversary of the restart of God of War. The theme featured the rowing of Kratos and Atreus, but the theme contained a secret message (discovered by eagle-eyed God of War fans on Reddit).
The boat they are rowing in has runes on the side that mean “Ragnarok is coming”. Could this suggest that the God of War sequel will focus on Ragnarok (essentially the Norse mythology version of the Apocalypse)?
No god of war DLC
God of War director Corey Barlog had said there were originally plans for DLC to restart in 2018, but they had been stopped because they were “too ambitious”. That means the studio can invest resources in a completely new game as opposed to content after launch.
God of War 2: What We Want To See
[Warning: spoilers for the ending of God of War ahead.]
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At the end of God of War, we found out that Kratos ‘wife (and Atreus’ mother) Faye was actually a giant named Laufey. That means, Atreus is half god and half giant and also has a completely different name: Loki. You know Loki, the deceiver of Norse mythology.
Hopefully God of War 2 will investigate this further and we will learn more about Faye’s secret past and why she kept it all a secret in the first place. We also hope Atreus will adopt the shape-changing abilities Loki is notorious for, rather than simply standing on the sidelines and firing arrows at enemies.
Atreus is no longer a boy
The sequel to God of War can be continued directly from the events of the previous game. However, we do think it would be more interesting to see a teenage Atreus and grumpy father Kratos embark on an adventure.
At this point, it is very likely that a possible God of War sequel will hit PS5 rather than PS4. That said, we should see faster load times, better graphics, and a generally more powerful engine for YOU to play around with at Santa Monica Studios.