After a yearlong wait, God of War Ragnarök finally had its title confirmed with a new trailer at the PlayStation Showcase on September 9, 2021. The highly anticipated follow-up to 2018’s God of War, which took notoriously angry protagonist Kratos to Midgard, closed out a showcase packed full of new PlayStation reveals. After last year’s trailer did nothing but tease, this new trailer offered a significant look at God of War Ragnarök‘s gameplay and gave some insight into where the story is heading. Kratos and his son, Atreus, are on a mission to find an important member of the Norse pantheon on the eve of Ragnarök.

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An important part of God of War Ragnarök‘s story appears to be the father-son duo seeking out Tyr, the Norse god of war. The previous game left players at the doorstep of Fimbulwinter, the preamble to Ragnarök, which is prophesied to destroy the world and lead to the death of the gods. Atreus appears older than he did in the previous game, and he suggests in the trailer that someone might be able to help them address the impending apocalypse. Kratos responds to Atreus with, “You mean Tyr, the old god of war in these lands.”

It’s unclear what exactly Tyr will offer Kratos and Atreus, since Sony seemingly confirmed they will fail to stop Ragnarök, but the trailer reveals they do eventually find the Norse god of war. He appears imprisoned, though Mimir previously mentions Tyr is alleged to be dead. The other major aspect revealed about the story is Atreus’ desire to find out about his true identity as Loki. When the trailer begins, it seems like he and Kratos have been in hiding since the end of God of War 2018, with Kratos worrying Atreus’ curiosity will lead to a fight against the gods.

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Who God Of War Ragnarök’s Tyr Is (& Why Kratos And Atreus Need Him)

Unfortunately, Tyr is a bit of a mystery in the annals of Norse mythology due to a lack of primary sources, according to the World History Encyclopedia. Tyr is primarily known for being one-handed, after losing one to a bite from the great wolf Fenrir. Other gods in the pantheon tricked Fenrir in a game of strength, to which Fenrir only agreed if one god would place their hand in his mouth while he was restrained. When Fenrir found he could not free himself from the bonds the other gods placed on him, he bit off Tyr’s hand.

Kratos and Atreus apparently need Tyr to help them stop Ragnarök, but based on his mythological background, it’s unclear how he will figure into the game’s story. According to myth, Fenrir is a son of Loki, but God of War‘s Loki is the now-teenaged Atreus. The series does have a history of shirking mythological canon – particularly by killing off major figures – but it seems quite a lot of liberties will be taken with the myths as Atreus’ true identity is explored. It’s possible that Atreus, freed from his godhood-suppressing sickness, will somehow magically spawn the wolf that bit the one-handed god. Some of Mimir’s tales in the first game already mention Fenrir being alive, however, so it’s unlikely the wolf is related Loki in God of War Ragnarök.

God of War Ragnarök is set to release on PS5 in 2022.

Source: World History Encyclopedia

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