Sony Santa Monica job listings hint at God of War Ragnarok sequel

Sony Santa Monica job listings hint at God of War Ragnarok sequel
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Written by 

Tom Chapman


10th Apr 2024 11:47

Fimbulwinter has thawed, and while the climactic events of 2022's God of War Ragnarok weren't quite as climactic as we thought they'd be, at least it means there's hope for a third entry in the line of games that were (softly) rebooted in 2018.

While 2018's God of War left the scorched plains of Ancient Greece behind in favour of Norse mythology, there was disappointment that the story was seemingly cut short. God of War (2018) Game Directory Cory Barlog confirmed there wouldn't be a Norse trilogy, but still, that didn't mean the adventure ends here.

Sony Santa Monica job listings hint at Ragnarok sequel 

Kratos in the snow in God of War Ragnarok
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The end of Ragnarok teased a move into a new mythology, while we've all heard the pitches of heading into Chinese mythology. Although many thought Kratos would've kicked the bucket in Ragnarok, the bearded brute lives to fight another day and can go to a whole new world with Atreus by his side.

Now, a slew of job listings at Sony Santa Monica have potentially hinted at the Ragnarok sequel. As reported by PSU, the developer is currently hiring for 24 new positions, with major roles including Lead Narrative, Animator, Senior Combat Designer, Senior Character Artist, Senior Technical Producer, and Lead Tools Programer.

It's 'preferable' for the Senior Combat Designer to be "fluent in the combat design choices, systems, mechanics, and enemies of God of War (2018) and God of War Ragnarok (2022)." This has set tongues wagging that it's another entry in the mythological series.

All these hirings and no news

Kratos and Atreus God of War Ragnarok ending
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This isn't the first time we've heard about Sony Santa Monica potentially hiring for a Ragnarok sequel. Back in August 2023, listings for Combat Designers appeared. There was also a Senior Combat Designer back then, so it's unclear whether this is the same position and it hasn't been filled yet. 

In fact, as long back as February 2022 (before Ragnarok even came out), there was speculation about hiring for a sequel. Sony has remained tight-lipped on whether the GoW series goes next, but after the surprise drop of the Valhalla DLC, it's time to look ahead at pastures new.

With God of War rivalling The Last of Us in terms of Sony's first-party juggernauts, no one was buying that Kratos was done just yet. A hiring spree at Sony Santa Monica is definitely pointing toward something, but whether it's the Ghost of Sparta picking up his Leviathan Axe, we'll have to wait and see. 

Tom Chapman
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