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God of War: Ragnarok Debut Gameplay Trailer, Thor & New Characters First Look Posters, and Plot Revealed

Here's the debut gameplay trailer of God of War: Ragnarok, including the very first look of Thor in the title.

In conclusion to yesterday night’s PlayStation Showcase 2021, Sony Santa Monica allowed us to take a very first look at God of War: Ragnarok in a new gameplay trailer. In addition, we can take a first look at Thor as well as some new characters coming in the title.

God of War: Ragnarok First Gameplay Trailer

Sony finally revealed yesterday night, for the first time, the gameplay trailer and news surrounding the new God of War: Ragnarok. The franchise’s reboot sequel received new details during the PlayStation Showcase 2021, but it still doesn’t have a release date.

The next chapter in the series promises to continue the story of Kratos and his son Atreus against the Gods of Norse mythology. The focus of the game should again be action and storytelling, which should catch up with the Ragnarok myth. The revealed trailer shows gameplay scenes and new conflicts between Kratos and his son, now a teenager who questions his father’s violent way of handling issues.

Watch the debut gameplay trailer of God of War: Ragnarok below.

Here’s the first look at Thor in God of War Ragnarok

After showing the new trailer for God of War Ragnarok, Santa Monica Studio has published new posters that show the look of various characters that will follow. In addition to Kratos and Atreus, we can finally see the look of the Norse God’s Thor and Týr.

You can check out all the artwork in the gallery below, which also reveals the actors who will voice the characters in the original English audio: Kratos (Christopher Judge), Atreus (Sunny Suljic), Thor (Ryan Hurst), Mimir (Alastair Duncan), Brok (Robert Craighead), Týr (Ben Prendergast), Sindri (Adam J. Harrington), Freya (Danielle Bisutti), Angrboda (Laya by Leon Hayes), and Durlin (Usman Ally).

Among the new characters, we have Angrboda, who in Norse mythology is a giant (Jotun), Loki’s wife and is considered the goddess of fear. Durlin, on the other hand, appears to be the dwarf Durinn, but that is not yet clear. Thor is the well-known god of thunder, who will make his debut in God of War Ragnarok, as well as Týr, who is the god of war in Norse mythology.

In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is the end of the world—an event in which the gods would fight the giants, resulting in the destruction and rebuilding of the world from scratch. From what the new trailer indicates, Kratos and Atreus will set out on a new journey to free Týr and prevent the end of the Norse world.

God of War Ragnarok will be released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, but the release date has yet to be revealed. The game is directed by Eric Williams, while Cory Barlog, director of the previous game, took over the creative direction of the entire franchise.

Check out the plot of God of War: Ragnarok below, via PlayStation Blog:

As you can see in the trailer, we’re picking up a few years after the events of God of War (2018). The freezing winds of Fimbulwinter have come to Midgard, making survival for Kratos, Atreus, and Mimir in the Norse wilds even more challenging than before.

While the last game built an enormous amount of trust and understanding between father and son, there is still a great deal of complexity in their interactions – especially after the revelation of Atreus’ Giant heritage and the hidden prophecy only Kratos saw.

Atreus is desperately curious. Like most young people, he wants to understand who he is more than anything. In this case, he wants to understand who he could be. The mystery of Loki’s role in the upcoming conflict is something that Atreus cannot let go of. He wants to keep his family safe, but Atreus also doesn’t want to stand by and do nothing while conflict consumes the Nine Realms.

Kratos, still bearing the knowledge of his past mistakes, wants to spare Atreus the bloody lessons he learned from his conflict with gods. He wants to keep his son safe, above all, and their confrontation with Baldur has vindicated the belief that only tragedy will come from further entanglements with the Aesir.

Together, Kratos and Atreus will have to make a choice about which path they will take. Whatever they choose will define the fate of all those living in the Nine Realms as Ragnarök approaches.

Agony and Vengeance

We show a brief look at two of the main antagonists you’ll face in God of War Ragnarök: Freya and Thor.

Because of Kratos’ actions at the end of the previous game, the once-ally-turned-enemy Freya has sworn vengeance for the death of her son, Baldur.

We wanted to remind players that Freya isn’t just a terrifyingly powerful user of Vanir magic, but also that she’s a formidable warrior in her own right. Enraged by Kratos’ evasion of justice by her hand, Freya will turn every weapon at her disposal towards her son’s killer.

Also suffering the loss of his sons and half-brother, Thor’s legendary bloodlust and wrath will be aimed at Kratos and Atreus.

Referred to disparagingly by Mimir as the “Biggest Butchering Bastard in the Nine Realms,” Thor earned his title as one of the most powerful Aesir gods by wiping out nearly all the Giants at Odin’s command.

While we don’t want to give too much away right now, we think even a peek at Mjölnir wreathed in lightning will give you a hint at just how formidable Thor will be as an adversary.