In God of War Ragnarök, the relationship between Kratos and Atreus is at the heart of what defines our story. Although they are our central family, there are many others in the Nine Realms who will also leave their mark on how the events leading up to Ragnarök unfold.
We are thrilled to announce a new collaboration in which five wildly talented artists capture a selection of the story’s most prominent relationships with their unique styles in the God of War Ragnarök Family Portrait Series.
Over the next five weeks, Santa Monica Studio will release one of the portraits every Tuesday.
Drew Merritt – The Bear and the Wolf
Drew Merritt is a contemporary artist based in Los Angeles, California. Working across media, his style combines classical realism that captures the emotional nuance of the subjects.
Drew has painted the heroes of our story, Kratos and Atreus, for his work, focusing on the core family of God of War Ragnarök.
“Without a doubt, the complexity of the storyline and characters is what really got me into this project. I have also always loved Norse mythology and try to incorporate it into my work as much as possible, which basically made this franchise a dream come true for me to work with.”
Portrait unveiling: Tuesday 13 September
Emma Ríos – The Dwarves
Emma Ríos is a Spanish comic book artist and illustrator whose album cover has earned her a 2020 Eisner Award and she works with many of the big names in the comic industry. Her style organically combines environments and subjects into flowing compositions with a whimsical, colorful quality.
Emma’s work centers on the Huldra Brothers, Brok and Sindri, in addition to two dwarves you’ll meet during your journey in God of War Ragnarök.
“I like action and hack and slash games, so it was easy for me to find it appealing. The latest game, God of War (2018), has a moving story that plays very smoothly and has a beautiful art direction.”
Portrait unveiling: Tuesday 20 September
Romina Tempest – Heroes of Midgard
Romina Tempest is an illustrator and character designer we have enjoyed working with B is for boy, an illustrated retelling of the events of God of War (2018). Her cartoon style captures the heart and expression of her subjects with dynamic backgrounds that create a scene that draws you to the moment of the scene.
Romina’s piece will show the found family that Kratos and Atreus collected from them during their travels through the Nine Realms.
“I’ve been playing God of War since it first appeared on PlayStation in the early 2000s. What initially appealed to me was the combination of the hack and slash genre (my absolute favorite genre at the time thanks to games like Devil May Cry) that went together so well with fantastic characters and creatures from Greek Mythology.
What really struck me then was the scale of everything from the creatures, which were often physically massive and fantastic, to the plot and orchestral score.
Portrait unveiling: Tuesday, September 27
Jae Lee – Mother and Son
Jae Lee is a legendary comic book artist with award-winning work for many of the biggest names in comics. His style captures movement, light and emotional depth in high-contrast portraits, adding to his expertise in skillfully conveying the headspace of even the most complicated characters.
Jae has captured a mother’s grief and revenge in his portrait of Freya and her lost son Baldur.
“As an artist, I appreciate the tremendous skill involved in building a world like” [God of War]. These games represent a lot of blood, sweat and tears that the people who built this from scratch have sacrificed for us so that we can escape the suffering of our daily lives for a little bit.”
Portrait unveiling: Tuesday 4 October
Sui Ishida – The Aesiro
Sui Ishida is a Japanese manga artist behind the huge hit Tokyo Ghoul series. His stylistic approach fuses a painterly aesthetic with traditional manga elements. His use of color gives a soft, almost dreamy quality to his portrait work.
Ishida’s piece focuses on the Aesir, the most powerful family in the Nine Realms led by Odin, the Allfather.
“It’s a long-running series and the setting has changed a lot since the last episode, so I think some of god of war“The appeal lies in the way players can start with the latest game and also dive into the past of the series and explore the world of the series.
I’ve also been interested in mythology for a long time and read a lot about it, so for me seeing the different gods appear as characters in the games is another fun thing that god of war offers.”
Portrait unveiling: Tuesday 11 October
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God of War Ragnarök will be released on November 9, 2022. Pre-order your copy in the PS Store.