It was one of the big surprises from The Game Awards 2023 this past Friday night, undoubtedly an announcement nobody expected and one that delighted millions of players who just wanted an excuse to head back north and throw punches at the Norse gods.
Although initially it was unknown whether fans would receive news about the next step in Kratos and Atreus’ journey, at the beginning of this year’s event, a trailer for the upcoming Valhalla DLC of God of War Ragnarok was shown as one of the many worldwide premieres at The Game Awards 2023.
In a very brief trailer, Kratos is seen battling several enemies in some familiar-looking locations. This means there will be recycling of environments and enemies, as is customary in these cases.
An expansion that we’ve seen before
More specifically, it seems that the Valhalla DLC for God of War Ragnarok will follow a recent trend seen in other Sony IPs.
Similar to The Last of Us 2 Remastered’s No Return mode, the DLC appears to be a roguelike experience, likely presenting players with challenges akin to the Muspelheim arena from the main campaign.
This is how Sony explains it: “Set after the decisive battle against Odin and Atreus’ departure, Kratos discovers that a path unfolds before him that he could never have imagined. Arriving at the mysterious shores of Valhalla, accompanied by Mimir, Kratos will venture into these unknown depths to test himself and confront the echoes of his past.”
Although roguelike modes typically don’t contain significant narrative advancements, it’s not ruled out that Santa Monica might seize this opportunity to shape a storyline that could lay the groundwork for a long-rumored sequel.
The free DLC will arrive tomorrow, December 12th, on PS5, so if you have the game on your console, you’ll receive the patch with the free expansion tomorrow. There’s an eagerness to find out whether this DLC brings us new stories or the beginning of a new narrative. We want to know what happens to Atreus and Kratos after the final battle with Odin.