God of War Ragnarok: Fresh Gameplay Shows Off a New Dwarven Area

God of War: Ragnarok will allow players to travel to all nine realms, meaning previously unexplorable areas in God of War 2018 will bring brand new experiences to players in Ragnarok. Thanks to Game Informer, we’re now getting our first look at Svartalfheim, the new dwarven realm players will be able to explore.

The footage shown revealed a giant, industrialized dwarven realm, complete with “technical marvels like mine pits, artificial water channels, and sprawling cities,” which will no-doubt lead to a number of environmental puzzles. The gameplay footage shows Kratos freezing geysers with the Leviathan Ax and breaking obstacles with the Blades of Chaos.

Svartalfheim will also make use of the canoe, as Kratos and Atreus are shown traveling through cities by boat. However, Game Informer teased that other methods of travel may also be used to get through Svartalfheim.

God of War: Ragnarok is coming to PS5 and PS4 on November 9. The game was originally scheduled for a 2021 release, before Sony announced it was delayed into 2022. Ragnarok is the sequel to the beloved God of War 2018 reboot, and will follow Kratos and his son Atreus as they face off against a handful or Norse foes, including Thor.

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Earlier this summer, Ragnarok got its first full story synopsis:

Fimbul winter is well underway. Kratos and Atreus must journey to each of the Nine Realms in search of answers as Asgardian forces prepare for a prophesied battle that will end the world. Along the way they will explore stunning, mythical landscapes, and face fearsome enemies in the form of Norse gods and monsters. The threat of Ragnarök grows ever closer. Kratos and Atreus must choose between their own safety and the safety of the realms.

We also know Ragnarok marks the end of the franchise’s Norse saga.

For more, check out how God of War: Ragnarok is adding more attacks through an underused button. Or, check out everything else we know about God of War: Ragnarok.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over six years of experience with bylines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, Lifewire, and more. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant, where he’s probably pleading for an F-Zero revival.

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