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Story details you need to know before playing God of War Ragnarök

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God of War fans were introduced to a new side of Kratos when God of War launched on PS4 in 2018. If you haven’t yet experienced the tale of father and son traveling the realms of Norse myth yourself, or if it’s been a while, we’re ready to catch you up to speed.

To prepare for the upcoming release of God of War Ragnarök on November 9, we’ve invited two of the best storytellers we know to recap the journey of Kratos and Atreus from God of War (2018): the amazing Felicia Day and the Smartest Man Alive, Mimir! 

The new Myths of Midgard video is an animated storybook recounting the events of God of War (2018), with a goal of catching you up on the previous game. 

Before you watch, beware – there are spoilers ahead! 

Story details you need to know before playing God of War Ragnarök

Of course, the best way to experience God of War (2018) is to pick up the Leviathan Axe and leap in yourself (available with PlayStation Extra and Premium membership plans*). You can also pick up the God of War (2018) Digital Deluxe Edition for $9.99 USD during the PlayStation Store Summer Sale through August 17.

Hungry for an even deeper summary of God of War (2018)? Keep reading for a full recap.

God of War (2018) Story Recap 

Our story begins with an end, the funeral of Faye – mother to Atreus and wife of Kratos. Her last wish imparted to her family is to scatter her ashes on the highest peak in all the realms. This request begins a journey that forces father and son to work together as they face the dangerous Norse wilds filled with beasts, monsters, and less-than-friendly gods.  

The Father 

Kratos, despite trying to leave his bloody past as the Ghost of Sparta behind, is still haunted by the man – the god – he was. His relationship with Atreus has been distant, stern, and disciplined. Now coping with the death of his wife, Kratos must learn to be the father that his son needs so they can both survive their journey across distant realms to lay Faye to rest.  

The Son 

Atreus is a young boy dealing with the sudden loss of his mother and a cold, distant father. Despite being sickly as a child and only very recently recovering enough to travel, Atr

SpongeBob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake announced 

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Are you ready, kids? SpongeBob returns to the screen in a new fantastic adventure! SpongeBob and Patrick are traveling to a multitude of different Wishworlds, each with its very own setting and rules, like the Wild West Jellyfish Fields or the Halloween Rock Bottom. On the THQ Nordic Showcase we just revealed gameplay for the first time.

SpongeBob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake announced 

What was the elevator pitch for the game?

Let’s create a brand new spiritual sequel to our fan-favorite remake Battle For Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated. A 3D platformer focused on themed worlds, funky costumes and the buddy banter between SpongeBob and Patrick. Focusing on SpongeBob, as he travels the Wild West, medieval or prehistoric times and more, was always at the core of the game vision. And the idea of having Patrick be your constant companion, in the form of a cute Balloon, was also there right from the very beginning.

Was it always certain a sequel was on the cards?  

Greenlighting a new project in the world of SpongeBob is a collaborative process with our very supportive friends at Nickelodeon, who know the franchise in and out and make the final call. Ultimately the success of Battle for Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated, and the passionate support of its fans is what allowed us to send SpongeBob and Patrick on another great adventure!   

How does the game evolve or change the gameplay from the previous title?  

Battle For Bikini Bottom had three playable characters: SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy. Each with one or more special abilities. For The Cosmic Shake we decided to focus on SpongeBob and giving him a lot of new abilities, like a flying karate kick or being able to roll around on big rocks. Unlocking dozens of cult classic costumes for SpongeBob is also for the first time a core focus in a SpongeBob game. Whether you want to run around as a knight in shiny armor or just in your underpants: it’s up to you!

Alone in the Dark returns

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Experience the franchise that defined the survival-horror genre and pathed the way for classics like Resident Evil and Silent Hill – yes, we’re delighted to let you know that the reimagining of Alone in the Dark is coming to PlayStation 5! A technical marvel when it first launched in 1992, Alone in the Dark set the standards for immersive horror adventures to come. Developer Pieces Interactive is returning to the franchise’s roots in terms of setting while updating and reimagining the game for a new generation of players.

You can get a feel for what’s in store in our haunting new trailer. Hold your nerve as viewer discretion is very, very advised…  

Alone in the Dark returns

To do justice to such a seminal title in video game history, we’re proud to say there is a stellar lineup of talent involved. Developers Pieces Interactive is a mix of hot new talent and seasoned veteran developers. An engaging story has been created by Mikael Hedberg, cult horror writer of SOMA and Amnesia: The Dark Descent, some of the most acclaimed narrative horror experiences of the last decade. Legendary Guillermo del Toro collaborator, Guy Davis, has contributed monster designs. And Doom Jazz legend Jason Köhnen provides eerie and haunting melodies to create a tense, twisted and haunting audio atmosphere. 

In Alone in the Dark, you’ll experience a completely original story, but it does incorporate characters, places, and themes from the original ’90s trilogy. No prior knowledge of the original titles is required to enjoy the game, but fans of the series will find plenty that is familiar.

Official PlayStation Podcast Episode 437: Fully Indoctrinated

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Email us at PSPodcast@sony.com!

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This week, the team is obsessed with newly released indie Cult of the Lamb. Plus, find out what makes them reach for that Platinum Trophy. Listen in!

Stuff We Talked About

  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Street Fighter 6
  • Stray
  • TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge
  • Dark Souls 3

The Cast

Sid Shuman – Senior Director of Content Communications, SIE

Kristen Zitani – Senior Content Communications Specialist, SIE


Thanks to Cory Schmitz for our beautiful logo and Dormilón for our rad theme song and show music.

[Editor’s note: PSN game release dates are subject to change without notice. Game details are gathered from press releases from their individual publishers and/or ESRB rating descriptions.]

Share of the Week: Disguise

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Last week, we asked you to don a disguise in the game of your choice and share mysterious costumes using #PSshare #PSBlog. Here are this week’s highlights:

JRPyznar shares Lost in Random characters in a dicey disguise.

coalabr14 shares a disguise from Watch Dogs: Legion.

Nu_Lupo shares Eivor hiding blending in with a group of people in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

VP_adventurer shares Agent 47 clowning around in Hitman 3.

RWGamethology shares Bruce Wayne’s ultimate disguise in Batman Arkham Knight.

legendary_thumbs shares a Rot hiding in a pumpkin costume in Kena: Bridge of Spirits.

Search #PSshare #PSBlog on Twitter or Instagram to see more entries to this week’s theme. Want to be featured in the next Share of the Week? 

THEME: Animals
SUBMIT BY: 11:59 PM PT on August 17, 2022

Next week, we’re highlighting the animal kingdom of gaming. Share the creatures and critters you encounter from the game of your choice using #PSshare #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.

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