In an interview with Game Informer, Lead Combat Designers from Santa Monica Studios, Mihir Sheth and Denny Yeh explained about the combat system in God Of War Ragnarok. They explain about the new combat direction in the game saying,
”We tried to create systems you want to engage with that are fun, very playful, lots of different routes. And when we looked at the combat in the last game, we were like, ‘We can push this further; we can find new toys and ways of playing with enemies and strategies.’ That’s been the guiding principle more than anything else.”
And it is indeed true that God Of War Ragnarok will feature a lot of new moves that can be accessed via the triangle button.
God Of War Ragnarok Combat Details
Back in the 2018 game, the triangle button was used to call the axe. On the other hand, if Kratos had the Blades of Chaos then pressing triangle would switch to the axe. Now with Ragnarok, the triangle will feature new moves called Weapon Signature Moves. Depending on whether Kratos has the Leviathan Axe or Blades of Chaos equipped, these can be infused with ice and fire. Then he can use two elemental moves: Frost Awaken, which can do extra damage by freezing enemies, and Whiplash, which can incinerate them.
The shield also has been refined in the game. Kratos can have multiple shields, including the Dauntless and Stonewall shields. The Dauntless can be used while parrying at the last moment to unleash a devastating attack. The Stonewall can be used to absorb kinetic energy from enemy hits. Then it can be used to emit a screen-wide pulse by banging it into the ground.
Screenshots of the game were also released which can be viewed below:
The designers also confirmed that enemy aggression and lethality will increase with difficulty level. More powerful enemies will also repopulate old areas too. Optional territories will also be much tougher without a stronger crew according to them.
All these details provide a clear picture of what we can expect from God of War Ragnarok. The game will release on November 9 this year on the Playstation 4 and 5.
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