God of War: Ragnarok will give Kratos a bunch of new abilities to play with, including some super elemental moves and a selection of shields.
With God of War: Ragnarok just a few months away from release, its developers have started to let us know what we can expect from Kratos and Atreus’ next adventure. Talking to Game Informer (opens in new tab)combat designers Mihir Sheth and Denny Yeh said the dynamic duo have some new toys to play with, filling in the gaps from the first God of War.
“In the last game, if you pressed triangle, you would remember the axe,” Sheth said. “But if you already had the axe, nothing happened. If you had the Blades of Chaos and pressed triangle, you’d go back to the axe. We looked at this concept and asked ourselves, ‘What if you could do something a little different with this button – a whole new set of moves.’”
You’ll have some new elemental powers at your disposal as Kratos infuses his Leviathan Ax and Blades of Chaos with ice and fire. In Ragnarok, pressing triangle will allow you to unleash a unique weapon move, including the Frost Awaken, which freezes the enemy, and incinerates Whiplash abilities.
You will also have several shields to choose from. While 2018’s God of War trapped Kratos with a single retractable shield, Ragnarok will let you choose from multiple shields to suit your playstyle.
The Dauntless Shield is for quick parrying. If you successfully time a block, it will glow red, allowing you to unleash a powerful stun attack that knocks neighboring enemies back. However, you won’t be able to trust him as he will become unstable after absorbing successive hits.
Meanwhile, the Stonewall Shield cannot be used for parrying and is suitable for more tanky fighters. It can absorb kinetic energy by absorbing enemy blows, and once fully charged it can be used to perform a ground attack that knocks enemies down. Other shields will also be included, although the developers are keeping their mouths tight on what they will look like.
Elsewhere in the interview, the designers mention that the game will test your mastery of combat. Some areas will repopulate with more difficult enemies as you progress, and fans of Realm Tears from the first game can expect a similar level of challenge from the optional secondary content.
God of War: Ragnarok will be released on November 9th for PS5 and PS4. We hope to hear more about Kratos’ new god-slaying abilities closer to launch.