The father-son duo is stronger than ever in God of War Ragnarok (Picture: Sony)

God of War Ragnarok is the biggest game on PS4 and PS5 this Christmas but when will it be out and what can you expect from it?

PlayStation exclusive God of War Ragnarok is one of the most anticipated games of 2022 and many players can’t wait to see what will be the end of the saga for the father-son duo Kratos and Atreus.

You can read our review of the game here, Sony has said relatively little about the game ahead of its release, with only two decent trailers, though there are a few leaks and spoilers, if you want to know what happens before you start. to play

Either way, the game will be out soon and you’ll be able to experience the last of Kratos’ Nordic adventure.

When is god of war ragnarok coming out?

God of War Ragnarok has been available for pre-order for a while now but the game’s official release date is Wednesday, November 9th.

Since the game is still a PlayStation exclusive, you can download it normally from the PS Store or buy a physical version from any normal game retailer. It is a cross-gen game, so it is available on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

Is God of War Ragnarok Coming to PC?

Maybe, but no official announcement has been made yet. Delays between games being released on PlayStation consoles and PCs are getting shorter every time but you still shouldn’t expect God of War Ragnarok until at least 2024.

Maybe Sony will speed things up so that it comes out next year, but that’s unlikely. The previous God of War game, from 2018, is already on PC, though, if you want to give it a go.

When can you start pre-loading God of War Ragnarok?

If you’ve already pre-ordered Ragnarök, you’ll be happy to know that you can pre-load it now, to access the game immediately once it’s unlocked.

The pre-load process started on Wednesday, November 2nd, which means you have plenty of time to get ready for the official launch.

This is great if you have slow download speeds at home, as it means you can download the entire game ahead of time and not be left waiting on launch day.

Don’t forget to preload God of War Ragnarok (Image: Sony)

What is the file size for god of war ragnarok?

Pre-loading is particularly handy with Ragnarök, given the beefy file sizes of around 107GB for the PlayStation 4 and around 84GB for the PlayStation 5 – which is smaller thanks to better compression options.

Not only that, but both versions are significantly larger than the previous God of War game, which sat at 45GB at launch.

How much does God of War Ragnarok cost?

Like its 2018 prequel, the standard edition of God of War Ragnarok will cost £59.99 on PlayStation 4.

The next-gen version for PlayStation 5 will cost an extra £10, priced at £69.99, but don’t expect to see any difference in terms of content, as they both only come with the base game.

Although a PC version is likely to arrive in a year or two, the game will definitely not appear on Xbox or Nintendo Switch, as it is made and published by Sony.

Is there a special edition of God of War Ragnarok?

There are several different special editions, both physical and digital, depending on how much you’re willing to spend.

The Multiformat Digital Deluxe Edition costs £79.99 (£10-20 more than the standard editions) and includes everything either early unlock or cosmetics including a special PSN handle.

Here are all the extras that God of War Ragnarok Digital Deluxe Edition has to offer:

  • Kratos Darkdale Armor
  • Atreus Darkdale Costume (Cosmetic)
  • Darkdale Ax Grip for Leviathan Axe
  • The Darkdale Blades handle for the Blades of Chaos
  • Dark Horse Digital Art Book
  • Official Digital Soundtrack
  • PSN Avatar Set for PS4/PS5
Unfortunately, Atreus’ armor is only for cosmetic purposes (Image: Sony)

Players who pre-order either the standard or digital deluxe editions will also get the Risen Snow Armor for Kratos and the Risen Snow Tunic (cosmetic only) for Atreus, but again you can get them for free just by playing the game.

The physical copy of the Standard Edition also comes with a free metal mini-poster, so you get an extra freebie if you choose to purchase it in the game store.

The next-gen version of the game will come with two additional special editions for dedicated fans of the series: the Collector’s Edition and the Jotnar Edition.

You can also use Mjölnir if you get one of the ultra-special packs (Image: Sony)

These Ultra Special Editions come at a hefty price, as they cost £179.99 and £229.99 respectively. However, it does include plenty of IRL items, such as a physical replica of Thor’s Mjolnir hammer, a dwarven dice set, and a steelbook display case, among other things.

What graphics mods does God of War Ragnarok have?

Now that you know all the basics about Ragnarök’s upcoming release, let’s take a look at the various specs you can expect on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, and PlayStation 5.

Ragnarok is a stunning game in terms of its graphics, although many worry that it was designed with the limitations of last-gen consoles in mind.

It still looks better than the 2018 game, even on PlayStation 4, with various graphics modes to tune to your preferences.

Sony has confirmed that there will be a total of nine graphics modes, and you’ll be able to modify some of them with the help of HFR and VRR technology, similar to Horizon Forbidden West.

All graphics modes will be available at launch, unlike other popular next-gen releases, such as Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which received additional options via a post-launch patch.

Here are all the God of War Ragnarok graphics mods as detailed by Sony:

PlayStation 5

Favorable performance:

Optimum Performance + HFR:

Optimum Performance + HFR + VRR:

Favorable quality:

  • 2160p (Native 4K)
  • Aim for 30 fps

Optimize Quality + HFR:

Prefer Quality HFR + VRR:

  • 1800-2160p
  • 40 fps unlocked

Play Station 4

Standard:

Pro Favor Performance:

  • 1080-1656p
  • 30 fps unlocked

Pro Friendly Quality:

What is the story of God of War Ragnarok?

The story of Ragnarok will catch up with Kratos and Atreus three years after the events of the previous episode of the series.

This means that Fimbulwinter, a great winter spread over three summers, will soon be over, setting the prophetic Ragnarok in motion. In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is a series of events, including great battles, natural disasters, and everything in between, that ends with the entire world being submerged.

Ragnarok foretold the death of many prominent Norse figures such as the gods Odin, Thor, Tier, and Loki. These are all characters from the game but that doesn’t mean its story will follow the exact steps of the myth.

Video game myths don’t necessarily unravel, but one of Kratos and Atreus’ first main quests is to defend Týr, the Norse God of War.

Atreus has also grown up so he is trying to learn more about the ‘prophecy of Loki’ seen at the end of God of War, to better understand what his role will be in the events of Ragnarok.

Kratos, on the other hand, will have to deal with his own inner conflict, as he must decide whether he wants to stay true to his past, rather than his more sinister self, or break the cycle that Atreus needs.

Image of Atreus and Kratos walking in God of War Ragnarok

It’ll be like you’re with them (Picture: Sony)

When the two aren’t fighting enemies or doing self-reflection, they’ll be exploring three new realms of Norse mythology, Asgard (home of the Norse gods), Svartlfem (the Dwarven realm), and Vanaheim (home of the Vanir gods).

If you played the 2018 game, these regions were inaccessible, giving you time to travel through the remaining six realms of Norse cosmology.

The game is about 40 hours long before launch, if you complete every side quest, you can still beat the main game story. Only 20 hours. Although in our experience most people will need twice that.

Is the gameplay any different in God of War Ragnarok?

As you’ll learn from our review, the gameplay and structure remains the same as the 2018 game, but both Kratos and Atreus now wield a variety of new skills, powers, and weapons.

Once again, Kratos wields his magical Leviathan Ax and his signature double-chain Blades of Chaos. However, in Ragnarok he can also use his blade to jump over chasms like a grappling hook, as well as pick up and throw objects at enemies.

Another change is that by pressing the triangle button on your PlayStation controller, you’ll be able to use weapon signature moves, which unleash powerful ice or fire magical attacks – depending on which weapon you have equipped.

Kratos blocks an enemy with his shield in God of War Ragnarok

The shills are pretty dangerous now (Image: Sony)

Kratos’ shields have been modified to be more versatile, as Ragnarok will have different types of shields that can be used offensively or defensively. For example, parrying Dauntless Shield at the right moment will see Kratos unleash a punishing smash attack, overwhelming enemies and launching them into the air.

Atreus’ combat has also been updated to reflect his character’s growth, having followed Kratos closely and learned how to fight. In Ragnarök he matures and there are sections where you can control him, without relying on his father.

The game will also introduce armor transmogrification (yes, that’s a real word), which will allow you to change the appearance of your armor to any other acquired armor, without losing any previous stats.

Some of the official music for the game has also been released on YouTube and Spotify, so you can listen to the tracks if you want to immerse yourself in legendary Nordic culture before welcoming Kratos and Atreus to your screen once again.

God of War Ragnarok launches on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on Wednesday, November 9.

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