This post contains heavy spoilers for God of War, 2018. If you care about spoilers and haven’t finished the game, it’s best that you don’t read on!
So I just recently finished the most recent God of War on PS4 (twice – the second on the new game plus mode. Sooooo good) and obviously had a blast playing it through the end. From Kratos’ attempt at parenting to the surprising announcement of Atreus’ true nature as Loki. Every bit of scenery was mesmerizing, and I always found myself in awe at every encounter. So with that in mind, what could come next in this franchise? How could Kratos and Atreus’ story unfold further? I’d like to discuss the possibilities and directions that God of War could take on their next game, as well as a small wishlist of what’s to come.
Towards the game’s end, we have a 3-way brawl with Kratos (and Atreus/Loki), Baldur and his mother, Freya. While Freya only tries to ease the fight between her son and Kratos, there were also times when she would intervene their fight by force by casting magics such as disabling their movement. The fight ultimately ends with Kratos finally ending Baldur’s life.
“The cycle ends here. We must be better than this.”
So after an all-round EPIC fight (seriously, an undead giant VS the World Serpent is nothing short of an epic battle, even just for a few seconds), Freya curses Kratos and threatens him, detailing her plan to parade his “cold dead body, from every corner, of every realm” and feed his soul to the “vilest filth in Hel”.
With this in mind, it seems inevitable that God of War’s sequel will include Freya as, at the very least, one of the more major bosses to be in the game. It’s also not hard to imagine. I mean, if you look at the final boss fight, Freya has the most capabilities when comparing the three. The ability to manipulate dead giants only serve to show us a potential mass-scale boss fight like in previous entries.
Not to mention her title as the “Queen of the Valkyries” detailed by the secret boss Sigrun. Yes, if you’ve tried that boss fight, you know what sort of trouble Kratos has gotten himself into. And the fact that Freya is the queen of these entities will be a definite challenge for our God of Anger and Violence.
This would definitely go to my wishlist. There’s nothing more dangerous for Kratos than a brokenhearted mother seeking revenge for her murdered son. EVEN MORE SO when she can freely control the will of nature and the Queen of the Valkyries. Yeah, Kratos has a lot on his hands. And I can’t wait to see it!
If you’re like me and played God of War without any knowledge of Norse Mythology, chances it intrigued you enough to read about it. Whether it is to read about the origins of each god and places or to see the comparison of the game’s story and the mythology itself.
With all this, it seems like Baldur’s death has a significant impact on the whole world of Norse Myth. According to Norse Mythology, the death of Baldur was actually a “presage of Ragnarok”
If anyone noticed after the end of the game, Mimir mentions (when Kratos and Atreus goes to spread Frigg’s ashes on top of Jotunheim) that someone was “bickering about the weather”, with the development of the game having a slightly stronger snowy weather.
There is also the suggestion that Baldur may be given a chance for life again. In Norse Myth, the god Hermod offers to travel to Hel in order to retrieve what could remain of Baldur. The god Hel agrees to provide Baldur’s soul back, on the condition of all life to weep for Baldur, and if even just one refuses, then the deal is off. Surprisingly enough, Loki disguised as another being refuses to offer his tears, and therefore Baldur’s soul is forever condemned within Hel.
The game could take a different turn with this section of the myth, which is something I’m looking forward to.
Maybe Kratos is visited by Odin, who is asked to retrieve Baldur, and blackmails him by kidnapping Loki? Or it could be an interesting idea to do a switch, a weaker Kratos is abducted and now the player is able to play as an older and stronger Loki? So many can be done, so here’s my hoping for something like this to happen.
I, for sure, cannot wait for a showdown between Kratos/Atreus and Thor. With Marvel’s (and the original myth’s) take on Thor being an all-mighty and all-honorable figure for all of Midgard, it will be such a refreshing sight to possibly see him as a threat to our two protagonists.
C’mon. Tell me I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t SLIGHTLY disappointed that we didn’t see someone with the likes of Thor or Odin show as bosses or NPCs in the game? Other than some references, which only urged the desire to see them! But seeing that secret ending only made me more ecstatic, as it assured me that Thor is in fact in the game and will likely be seen in the next installment.
I can picture it already. Kratos and Thor, fiercely staring at each other, with Atreus by his father’s side, and Thor’s trusty hammer ready to aid him. After an intense staredown both quickly reach for their weapon, and rush towards each other with immense speed. Kratos attempts an overhead swipe with his Leviathan ax (or maybe a new weapon we may see), with Atreus showering their enemy with his arrows. Meanwhile Thor, despite his stature, dodges the projectiles with ease and hits Kratos’ ribcage with Mjolnir. The devastating and critical impact, sends him flying. Kratos barely gets up from the hit and prepares for his counter. The battle, therefore, begins…
…Okay, I might have gotten a little carried away there. Taking creative writing classes is starting to take its toll, but you get the idea. A battle between these two would be a sight to see. I’m putting all my trust in Cory!
When I went through the game until the final boss, I kept wondering when I could finally get a glimpse of Loki. Thor and Odin had been given a well-deserved reputation, it seemed like. So I thought to myself “shit if they’re this bad then I can’t imagine how evil Loki could be”. The ol’ switcheroo that they devs did sure made for an exciting plot twist!
The reveal of Atreus being Loki was definitely the biggest surprise that I was shown. I figured the mention of Thor kind of cushioned my shock in seeing the secret ending. But showing Loki on the good side affected me more than anything in the game.
Playing as Loki isn’t too much of a stretch. We can sort of play as him anyway, utilizing his hunting capabilities with his bow and arrow to stun enemies. Heck, we can even upgrade and buy new armor for him to add more flair for his character. His potential is even shown when they are ambushed by Modi, to which he starts to use his Spartan Rage.
Looking at Loki’s original powers in the mythology can also add a variety of possibilities they can add to the game. From his shapeshifting to trickster reputation, and the extension of his Spartan rage, I can see nothing short of Loki turning himself into a raging bull that is enraged with Spartan energy. Epic.
What would you like to see in the next game?
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- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki-Nj6WRtw4 (God of War 3 Remastered, Cronos Boss Fight PS4, by Boss Fight Database. 2015)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ULhnKPLPmw (God of War – Valkyrie Queen Boss Fight, by Power Pyx. 2018)
- https://norse-mythology.org/tales/the-death-of-baldur/ (Baldur’s Death section)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaR-Fqv1zlE (God of War – Atreus uses Spartan Rage, by Playtendo. 2018)