Good news if you own God of War: Ragnarok; you’re getting new content to play whether you like it or not. During the 2023 Game Awards show, a new DLC pack called Valhalla was announced, and it comes with the hefty price tag of “free.”
The trailer, as many video game trailers are, doesn’t tell us a lot about the new content. We see Kratos on a boat, he spends a few seconds opening a door, and then some enemies get stabbed and slammed. After the trailer, Game Awards host Geoff Keighley called the pack “an adventure that blends God of War: Ragnarok‘s combat with elements inspired by the roguelike genre.”
Fortunately, the PlayStation Blog has some supplemental information to help us make sense of what Valhalla offers. This DLC will serve as an epilogue to Ragnarok‘s story, and that roguelike structure is what you’d expect. Death in Valhalla will bring you back to the area’s entrance, but with defeat comes upgrades that change Kratos’ abilities and affect Valhalla itself. Of course, Valhalla itself will offer perks and power-ups that are only good for one run too. Pretty standard stuff, really!
Victory in Valhalla will unlock cosmetic rewards for Kratos. Additionally, you can choose from five different difficulty levels each run, with harder settings yielding greater rewards. If you feel so inclined, you can opt to play Valhalla right away without finishing Ragnarok itself. However, since the story serves as an epilogue to the main game, you may not want to go this route.
Speaking on the decision to make the DLC free, Keighley went on to say “the team at Santa Monica Studio are fans of their fans, and are offering this DLC, God of War: Ragnarok: Valhalla, as a gift to the community.” Thanks Santa Monica Studio! I guess we can all see what this DLC offers soon enough.