God of War Brings Svartalfheim Into the Fray

Quite a few juicy details have been revealed as part of the current God of War Ragnarok coverage. Today Game Informer provided a brief look at Svartalfheim. It is the fantastical world of the Dwarves that will be featured in Sony Santa Monica’s next game.

Svartalfheim Finally Introduced for God of War Ragnarok

The lead level designer had the following words to say about the updated gameplay:
We wanted to evolve the gameplay in the level spaces – more variety and verticality. In Svartalfheim, you’ve got a lot of places that you go to all within one realm. It’s so much content.

It was a little lonely in the last game. So, specifically with Svartalfheim, we’re trying to show this lived world. There are things here besides just you two. Adding to that, level designer Jon Hickenbottom said:

We wanted to show off the dwarves and what they’ve been doing here. They’re using water to propel and move things. Even throughout the different biomes, you can see the dwarves creating huge environments. And then when Kratos comes in, it’s like, how does he bend the environment to his will?

To much delight of the players, Game Informer’s Jason Guisao revealed that Svartalfheim will feature large crowded cities like the fabled Niðavellir. Additional resources like artificial water streams and mine pits will also be present.

These will obviously be taken into account for the puzzles of God of War Ragnarök, with Kratos needing to use his weapons to move across multiple habitats. Let’s take the Leviathan Axe and Blades of Chaos, for example. The Axe can freeze geysers while the Blade can dismantle pots. Moreover, Atreus will help his father work with out-of-reach devices.

The Lore has given us the information that Odin had locked the path to avoid the risk of an alliance between Dwarves and the Vanir, the enemies of the Aesir gods. This is why Svartalfheim was not featured in the previous game.

In contrast, all of the Nine Realms will be incorporated in God of War Ragnarök. Which are: Alfheim, Asgard, Helheim, Jötunheim, Midgard, Muspelheim, Niflheim, Svartalfheim, and Vanaheim.

The game is set to be released on Wednesday, November 9th for PlayStation 4 and Playstation 5.

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Naseer Abbas
Naseer has been interested in PCs and videogames since his childhood. If he isn't busy playing retro shooters, he's tinkering with emulators or learning something new.