God of War Ragnarok release date and special editions revealed

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A screenshot from God of War Ragnarok
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Sony and Santa Monica Studio have finally confirmed a release date for God of War Ragnarok, the fifth main chapter in the God of War series – and there’s not long to wait.

Kratos fans have been waiting for a sequel to 2018’s God of War for what seems like an eternity, but the wait is almost over as it’s been confirmed that Ragnarok is out on November 9, 2022, for PS5 and PS4.

The news will come as a relief to many fans of the series who were concerned that the game would face further delays. You can check out the official announcement on Twitter below:

The 2018 game was a soft reboot of sorts and saw the series protagonist, the former Greek God of War, Kratos, leave his homeland and violent past behind for a quiet retirement in Scandanavia.

Here he started a new family and raised a son called Atreus. However, once the Norse gods discovered that an infamous god-slayer had married into their extended family, all hell would break loose which may lead to Ragnarok – aka, the end of days.

Kratos and Atreus face giant wolf
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Kratos and Atreus face down a giant wolf in GoW Ragnarok.

God of War Collector’s Edition

The studio held an official unboxing event for God of War Ragnarok’s three separate editions featuring Thor actor Ryan Hurst, along with Santa Monica Studio’s Art Director Rafael Grassetti.

The Launch Edition, is the basic version of God of War Ragnarok, but comes bundled with codes for players to download the Kratos Risen Snow Armor and the Atreus Risen Snow Tunic items. Those who buy the PS4 edition can upgrade to the PS5 version for $10.

The Digital Deluxe Edition contains the full game along with a selection of in-game items that would normally be unlocked by playing through the game’s story.

Digital edition
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The Digital Deluxe Edition features some rather impressive extras.

This includes:

  • Kratos Darkdale Armor
  • Atreus Darkdale Attire
  • Darkdale Blade Handles
  • Darkdale Axe Grip
  • Official God of War Ragnarök Digital Soundtrack
  • Dark Horse Digital Mini Artbook
  • PlayStation Avatar set and a PS4 theme

God of War Collector’s and Jötnar Edition

The next version is the Collector’s Edition which contains even more than the others. It includes all the contents from the Digital Deluxe Edition. It also includes a rather nice ornate container themed around the Knowledge Keeper’s Shrine.

The Collector’s Edition will contain a voucher code to download the game on PS4 and PS5, along with a steelbook display case, two 2-inch Vanir Twins Carvings, a set of Dwarven Dice, and a 16-inch Mjölnir replica.

GOW ragnarok Jötnar edition
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The Jötnar edition is the ultimate collector’s edition of God of War Ragnarok.

Finally, there’s the Jötnar edition which includes everything listed above, along with:

  • 7-Inch Vinyl Record with music by Bear McCreary
  • The Falcon, Bear, and Wolf Pin Set – Representing Faye, Kratos, and Atreus respectively, this pin set symbolizes our heroes’ family.
  • The Legendary Draupnir Ring
  • Yggdrasil Cloth Map – This cloth map shows each of the Nine Realms within the branches and roots of Yggdrasil.

Remember, this version and the Collector’s Edition do not feature a physical copy of the game, just a code to download both versions.

You can watch the unboxing event for God of War Ragnarok below:

The event also revealed that pre-orders will become available on July 15, 2022, at 10:00 am ET.

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