God of War Ragnarok art makes it even more clear that Freya's the villain

God of War Ragnarok
(Image credit: Sony Santa Monica)

New God of War Ragnarok artwork really doubles down on Freya's transformation into the sequel's villain. Well, one of them at least.

Just yesterday on July 7, PlayStation Arabia posted the God of War Ragnarok image seen just below to their official Twitter account. The image itself highlights Freya attacking both Kratos and Atreus, particularly the former, while the two heroes try to haul back what looks like a deer on a cart sled.

Spoilers for God of War (2018) follow - you have been warned.

If you recognize this imagery, that's because Freya attacking Kratos and Atreus on a sled actually first appeared back in the debut trailer for God of War Ragnarok, where we saw the former ally leap out at the God of War himself, armed with what looked like a mystical sword.

This time though, we're seeing the same imagery from a slightly different perspective. The new angle of the older image makes it look as though Freya is specifically gunning for Kratos, which is probably no accident, given that he only went and murdered her beloved son in 2018's God of War reboot.

Does this mean Freya might not have a quarrel with Atreus? It's entirely possible, given how close the two became in the reboot game. After accidentally shooting Freya's boar with an arrow in the early hours of the game, the two become good friends by the end of the adventure. Apart from the whole murder of her child, obviously.

We don't have too long to wait until answers about Freya's true intentions, because the God of War Ragnarok release date has finally been confirmed for November 9 for both PS4 and PS5 alike. While old established characters like Atreus and Freya are obviously back, there'll be newcomers like the imposing Thor to contend with. Would Freya work with the Asgardians to get revenge on Kratos?

Check out our full upcoming PS5 games guide for a full look at all the other titles coming to the new-gen console in the near future. 

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.