As the title suggests, in God of War: Ragnarok we will most likely see the “end of the worlds”. The Ragnarok however, as described in Norse mythology, will be preceded by the Fimbulwinter, a very long winter. As explained by Eric Williams, the game director of the new adventure of Kratos and Atreus, this event will have different effects on all nine Kingdoms that we will visit in the game.
The Fimbulwinter, according to Norse mythology, is one of the signs announcing the coming of Ragnarok, the end of the world. The word means “terrible winter” and indicates a long cold season, which lasts for three years, at the end of which the destabilization of all social relations and the end of the world will take place.
In an interview with IGN, Williams explains that each of the nine realms of God of War: Ragnarok will suffer the effects of the Fimbulwinter differently. As we noticed from the trailer, for example the Lake of Nine is now completely frozen. However, this does not mean that all the areas we will explore will be covered with snow or ice.
“Working across the Nine Realms was great because it allowed me to transform something old into something new“explains Williams.”Every realm you have visited in the past has changed in some way due to the Fimbulwinter. It doesn’t mean that every kingdom is snowy, anyway. I think (Fimbulwinter) is a misnomer … it’s an event that changes realms in different ways. Midgar is the epicenter of the cataclysm, so it is shrouded in permafrost almost entirely.”
Williams has also recently revealed interesting new details on the combat system, explaining that God of War: Ragnarok will have more varied encounters and with greater emphasis on verticality.