God of War Ragnarok Narrative Director Matt Sophos shared some unrealized ideas about Kratos’ fate in the game in a recent interview with MinnMax. The text contains spoilers to Ragnarok and God of War (2018).
Recall that in the ending of God of War (2018) they unequivocally hint at the coming outcome for Kratos. Players are shown a fresco depicting the death of a Spartan. In Ragnarok, however, the prophecy does not come true.
According to Sophos, «the very earliest» In a draft script that the team showed to Ragnarok director Eric Williams, Kratos died in the same fight against Thor from the very beginning of the game.
However, even in this case, Kratos did not die forever. It was assumed that after 20 years (but still within the framework of the game), the fallen Spartan from the realm of the dead Helheim would be saved by his son Atreus.
Williams did not like the idea and quickly abandoned it: such a «trick» of the players would certainly not have impressed. The team wanted to challenge prophecy and the notion of fate popular in Norse mythology.
“There is nothing that is written that cannot be rewritten. As long as you are ready to change, you are not bound by fate. When we came to this and decided what story we want to tell, we realized: Kratos cannot die.Sophos explained.
God of War Ragnarok debuted on November 9, 2022 on PS4 and PS5. The game received high ratings (94% on Metacritic) and by February 1, 2023, it sold over the world 11 million copies.
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