What you need to know about Valhalla, God of War Ragnarok’s free DLC

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One of the main surprise announcements at The Game Awards, the DLC of God of War: Ragnarok arrives on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 this Tuesday (12) with the mission of expanding Kratos’ story while reinventing some game mechanics. Completely free, the expansion Valhalla is available from 2pm and brings lots of news for those who were already missing the Ghost of Sparta.

During the announcement of the extra, Sony had already confirmed that the idea was to create a roguelite experience, that is, in which the player would have to advance through the lands of Valhalla in several comings and goings facing enemies with different combinations of skills and equipment. However, the new content should also bring some additions that go beyond gameplay.

From changes to the combat system to a new look at the protagonist’s story, the DLC has a lot to offer fans.

How to access the Valhalla DLC in God of War Ragnarök

Como dito, or DLC Valhalla of God of War Ragnarok will be available from 2pm on December 12th and will be completely free on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

To access it, however, you will need to have the base game installed. It seems obvious, but Sony has already released some independent expansions in recent years, such as Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Moraleswhich makes the doubt understandable.

On the other hand, players will not need to have finished the campaign Ragnarok to be able to explore the content of Valhalla. Santa Monica Studio confirmed that the extra works independently, that is, without requiring you to have reached a specific part of the story or to have specific skills or equipment. Likewise, your progress will not carry over to the main plot. What happens in the sacred lands of Valhalla stays there.

The only caveat, according to the developers, is for players who worry about spoilers. The plot takes place after the end of Ragnarok and features some dialogues and cutscenes that can reveal the campaign’s twists and turns. That’s why it’s worth the warning.

A new story for Kratos

Although Sony has placed a lot of emphasis on new gameplay features in Valhallao DLC de God of War Ragnarok features new stories for the Ghost of Sparta. After the events of the main campaign, Kratos must face a solitary journey without Atreus and, alongside Mimir’s talking head, ends up on the beaches of the Norse paradise.

But this tour of Valhalla is not going to be friendly at all. In addition to having to face hordes of monsters and enemies, the character will have to face his own past. And that’s where things tend to get more interesting.

Sony didn’t give many details about what this protagonist’s personal journey means, but made a point of highlighting how it is something linked to the ghosts that Kratos carries with him. And, from what the trailer quickly teased, this could bring some elements of Greek mythology back into the series.

A Nordic roguelite

In terms of gameplay, the main new feature of Valhalla It’s how it transforms God of War: Ragnarok in a roguelite. In this way, the player will have to advance through the new scenario in several attempts, trying out new combinations of equipment and skills to go further and further.

This changes the mechanics and logic of the game quite significantly. For starters, prepare to die many, many times. However, this is not synonymous with failure, but with a new beginning, as you will have more resources at your disposal to improve your weapons and powers — in addition to having a narrative meaning of its own.

To achieve this, Santa Monica Studio created a new skill tree for the protagonist to access, as well as weapons suitable for the new challenges. With each new attempt, he will have a shield and a type of Spartan Fury at his disposal and, as he progresses, he will gain glyphs that unlock attribute improvements and new benefits.

The idea is to make each attempt to advance in Valhalla unique, as the combinations will always be different. And the promise is that the difficulty level will be very high precisely to test the skill and persistence of the players. So much so that there are five levels of difficulty and the higher it is, the better the rewards obtained.

New trophies

And if you’re looking for even more reasons to adventure through Valhalla, the free DLC for God of War Ragnarok brings a new list of trophies to be unlocked. So, 100% fans will have a lot to do at the end of the year.

At the same time, you don’t have to give up on the platinum dream. The expansion places the trophies on a separate list, meaning those still looking to complete Ragnarok will not need to face the challenges of Valhalla for that.