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God of War fans just got the greatest news

"The time draws near. You must prepare yourself."

With those ominous words uttered by the peerless Christopher Judge, Sony and Santa Monica Studio set the stage for the end of the world in the next installment of the God of War series, Ragnarok.

2018's God of War reboot introduced fans to a far different take on Kratos than those seen in previous installments. Steeped in Norse mythology, the story unfolded in ancient Norway, and added a second protagonist alongside the new setting. Accompanied by his young son, Atreus, Kratos did not have to face his trials alone for the first time in the history of the franchise, though the path the pair traveled was far from straight.

God of War drew nigh universal praise for its mechanics, narrative, worldbuilding, and impactful performances from the central cast. It also received multiple Game of the Year awards, an impressive feat for a series that nearly abandoned its main character. Kratos, while still far from perfect, managed to redeem himself in the eyes of many, thanks in no small part to the humanizing influence of Atreus and the memory of his dead wife, Faye.

Players discovered a wealth of Easter eggs, mysteries, and eye-opening revelations as God of War's story unfolded. One of the most important secrets that came to light centered on Atreus' true identity. Based on the title of the upcoming sequel, it seems Santa Monica Studio plans to further explore that identity, and the pivotal role Atreus will play in Ragnarok, the series of events that culminate in Norse mythology's version of Armageddon.

Sony unveiled God of War: Ragnarok during the Sept. 16 PS5 showcase, confirming the God of War 2 rumors that have circulated since the reboot released. The company was even kind enough to provide a launch window: 2021. This target will likely come as a pleasant surprise to many fans, especially since it took Santa Monica Studio five years to develop 2018's God of War.

Prepare yourself. Ragnarok comes to PlayStation 5 next year.