Kratos returned in 2018's revolutionary reworking of the hit PlayStation franchise. When compared to his enraged PS3 days, Santa Monica Studio transformed Kratos into a remorseful, emotionally complicated figure father, while offering a welcoming shift from Greek to Norse Mythology.
After reinvigorating the franchise, fans are highly anticipating the next chapter in Atreus and Kratos's story, with the next game set to hit both PlayStation systems in 2022.
We set out 5 things we would like to see from the next instalment.
Spoilers for God of War (2018) ahead.
What do we want to see from Kratos and his BOY's next adventure?
Give Us All The Weapons
In the 2018 game, Kratos used 4 main weapons: Leviathan Axe, Blades of Chaos, Guardian Shield, and Kratos' fists. If the original Greek trilogy is anything to go by, the next instalment will likely introduce us to a larger variety of weapons.
God of War 2 (2007) introduced the player to the Barbarian Hammer and the Spear of Destiny among others. Atreus may also get an upgrade, adding more weapon types for the boy to use. It is a safe bet to assume that the next game will have more weapons for our titular hero.
Solid Big Bosses
With Thor being teased in a secret ending of the 2018 game, it is safe to assume we will be meeting him and possibly, other Norse Gods. If the Norse trilogy of God of War follows the formula of the Greek part of the series, we could meet the likes of Odin or Heimdall, and even beat them in typical God of War bloody fashion. We could even see a revamped Freya who was teased to have recouped her Valkyrie wings and armour at the end of the 2018 game.
The artistic use of a single camera shot was a cinematic revolution within the gaming world, providing unbroken and seamless transitions between cutscenes and gameplay. Whether Ragnarok is likely to retain this seemingly artistic style of cinematography is unseen, as it's undoubtedly not without its significant challenges.
From a narrative perspective, could we play as Atreus? Even though God of War's prime focus has lied around Kratos, it will be interesting to see if God of War shifts in this direction, similar to other PlayStation exclusives, like how The Last of Us Part II and Spiderman: Miles Morales offered differing perspectives.
This Isn't The MCU
God of War has tended to follow its source material relatively closely. And with Atreus being revealed as Loki, we would like to see how Atreus plays more into the destructive event of Ragnarok.
Does he become the God of Mischief and a villain or anti-hero? Will the game follow traditional Norse storytelling? WE NEED ANSWERS!
The first game revolved around Kratos and Atreus and their quest to spread the ashes of Kratos' second wife, Faye. Even though it is revealed Faye's true name is short for Laufey, a giantess in Norse Mythology, we never actually see Faye. Rather, we feel how important she was to Kratos and her son. Learning more about Faye and how she came across Kratos after the events in Greece would certainly be interesting.
Even though God of War Ragnarok will not appear at the next State of Play, Sony has confirmed we will receive news on Kratos's next outing later this summer: