Creating Kratos and Atreus’ new seems for God of Warfare Ragnarök – PlayStation.Weblog

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At Santa Monica Studio, one our guiding phrases is “we’re followers of our followers.” Whether or not it’s a response to a trailer, a deep-dive lore video, or cosplay – understanding that there’s an viewers that appreciates all the main points in our work motivates us to create one thing worthy of God of Warfare followers. 

Cosplayers are an enormous a part of our neighborhood and have been because the very first sport launched in 2005. Over a few years we’ve seen how a lot time, love, and dedication it takes to create a single character. God of Warfare characters particularly have many various supplies, layers, and particulars to account for. One factor we’ve realized is that the perfect beginning block for any cosplayer is an efficient reference of the character they’re portraying!

When you’ve taken a peek on the new guides, ensure you take a look at the interview under with Santa Monica Studio Artwork Director Raf Grassetti on how the group up to date the designs of Kratos and Atreus in God of Warfare Ragnarök! 

Official Kratos and Atreus cosplay guides

To point out our appreciation for all of the God of Warfare cosplayers who’ve taken on Kratos and Atreus through the years, we needed to make their up to date guides for God of Warfare Ragnarök much more complete than those we did for God of Warfare (2018).

We’re labored with our incredible character artists and writers at SMS, in addition to B is for Boy artist Romina Tempest, to create guides that not solely give the in-depth references vital for cosplayers, but in addition allow us to play extra on the earth of God of Warfare by taking a look at these designs by the lens of our characters.

Neighborhood cosplay companions

This image shows cosplayers portraying Kratos and Atreus in front of a stream. Kratos has his axe raised looking off at an unseen target while Atreus points his bow towards it, ready to fire.

Picture Credit score: Carlos Adama Images

Whereas we all know visible references are key, we additionally needed to usher in the experience of two of our neighborhood cosplayers to supply how-to assets and ideas they put collectively whereas making the cosplays themselves! 

This image shows cosplayers portraying Kratos and Atreus emerging from a forest. Kratos They look ready for battle with their weapons drawn.

Picture Credit score: Laughing Orc Images

We’re thrilled to have partnered with Opal Ink Cosplay (Atreus) and Jonny Mathers – Baldsasquatch (Kratos), who each did incredible variations of Kratos and Atreus again in 2018. 

They’ve put collectively a wealth of assets for cosplayers to reference alongside the official cosplay guides, to not point out they’ll be releasing movies documenting key elements of their creation course of on their very own channels.  

Interview with Artwork Director Raf Grassetti

The brand new designs for Kratos and Atreus you’ve seen for God of Warfare Ragnarök are a end result many months of iteration among the many gifted character and idea artists right here at Santa Monica Studio. Atreus particularly posed a singular problem and alternative for us with a number of years having handed because the final sport. 

To debate the Fimbulwinter-ready seems of our heroes in God of Warfare Ragnarök, Artwork Director Raf Grassetti walked us by among the key decisions that have been made alongside the way in which. 


Grace Orlady: Let’s begin in the beginning with the early growth section of God of Warfare Ragnarök. Whenever you discovered there was going to be a time-skip for the characters between the video games – what first went by your head when it comes to what that meant for Kratos and Atreus’ visible seems? 

Raf Grassetti: It was superb to revisit our heroes and design their costumes occupied with what they’ve been going by since we final noticed them. Since we knew they have been coaching on their very own and with out the assistance of the Huldra Brothers, we went again to extra easy and iconic costumes, from the way in which they might have made their very own armor. 

You possibly can see that mirrored in the way in which issues are stitched, the selection of supplies, and being extra considerate on how they’re surviving the acute climate circumstances.

Concept art of Kratos by Santa Monica Studio Art Director Raf Grassetti.

Kratos Idea Artwork by Rafael Grassetti 

We’ve established that God of Warfare Ragnarök begins throughout the occasion of Fimbulwinter. Midgard, the place Kratos and Atreus reside, seems to be coated in snow and ice. How did that affect the design decisions the group?   

We integrated lots of parts for instance the characters journey from the tip of God of Warfare (2018) to the start of God of Warfare Ragnarök. The chilly climate was undoubtedly an important issue, you may see on Atreus’ costume, for instance, the inverted pelt to guard him from the chilly and Kratos utilizing a bear pelt as properly.  

This image is an excerpt from the Cosplay Guide showing full-body Kratos standing from four different angles with his bear fur cloak on.

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In God of Warfare (2018), the group considerably modified Kratos’ look to match the brand new setting whereas nonetheless sustaining the enduring parts of the character that make him immediately recognizable. 

With the Norse period Kratos design now established in gamers’ minds, what concerns or challenges did you face with updating his search for God of Warfare Ragnarök?  

Since God of Warfare Ragnarök is a sequel, we knew we didn’t wish to utterly change Kratos, lots of the alternatives made have been to replace his look to mirror the brand new setting. We determined to protect his proper pauldron and hold his iconic tattoos seen. 

Despite the fact that Kratos seems much like the model of him in God of Warfare (2018), his 3D mannequin was utterly re-done to enhance high quality for the PS5, all element maps and costumes have been constructed from scratch.

This image is an excerpt from the Cosplay Guide showing full-body Kratos standing from four different angles.

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Relating to visible storytelling, what points of Kratos’ character are most necessary to convey by his design and the way did you achieve this?  

Kratos has been by so much and his design all the time displays that. He cares about perform greater than visuals, so lots of the selections made on his design serve a sensible objective. A number of items are there based mostly on their utility in battle, for instance, the pauldron with metallic items protects his dominant arm and the bracers can be utilized to defend him if vital. 

We additionally embody touches of his previous, such because the pink Spartan skirt materials, which are reminders of the place he has come from. All of the design parts collectively are intentionally chosen to make Kratos plausible as a personality.

Is there any facet of Kratos’ design for God of Warfare Ragnarök that you’re particularly pleased with or need gamers to note?   

On the finish of God of Warfare (2018), Kratos removes his bandages and units them free into the winds of Jötunheim, revealing his scars to Atreus. That was such a strong second for the character, so we determined to place a chunk of the bandages that Kratos saved at his residence on his new gear as a visible callback. On his proper bracer, you may see him utilizing them to maintain the armor collectively.

This image is an excerpt from the Cosplay Guide showing multiple angles of Kratos’ right arm.

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Sufficient of the dad, let’s get to the son! Atreus has hit a growth-spurt or 5 since God of Warfare (2018), he’s clearly had a couple of birthdays and bought some new digs since we final noticed him. Can you are taking us by how that preliminary design brainstorm for older Atreus went?   

Atreus is all the time a lot enjoyable to work on, with the ability to collaborate with the writers and see the character develop offers us a lot to play with as artists and mirror these decisions in his look. 

Greater than on Kratos, we knew that the coaching would have a huge impact on him, so he wanted to have higher gear to guard himself. With Atreus, we are able to additionally play a bit extra with design parts only for visible curiosity and make him look cool. 

This image is an excerpt from the Cosplay Guide showing full-body Atreus standing from four different angles.

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Are there any distinctive challenges the group confronted when iterating on Atreus’ new design? 

Kratos is so iconic that we would have liked to verify we discovered what made Atreus distinctive in order that he may stand subsequent to the massive man and be recognizable. That’s by no means a simple activity. We ended up specializing in the weather that we felt made his design particular from God of Warfare (2018) and constructed upon these items.

What made you choose going with the ultimate course we see within the Atreus cosplay information?  

We knew we would have liked to maintain the items that symbolize his dad and mom, particularly Atreus’ yellow scarf representing Faye and his pink skirt piece from Kratos’ Greek outfit. 

We additionally needed to maintain the “X” form on his chest, as that was some of the memorable visible parts from his outfit as a child. From that base, we explored lots of totally different variations. 

Dela Longfish (Lead Character Idea Artist) had some superb designs for Atreus and the one we see now could be an evolution of many iterations to search out the right model.

Concept art of Atreus by Santa Monica Studio Lead Character Concept Artist Dela Longfish.

Atreus Idea Artwork by Dela Longfish

Relating to visible storytelling, what points of Atreus’ character are most necessary to convey by his design?  

Atreus is a teen and we needed to make his outfit an avenue through which he may categorical himself, particularly since he makes lots of his personal clothes. It’s necessary to us that our character designs mirror the instances they’re dwelling in, so the usage of supplies, stitching, and coloring of the costume should be grounded, however not a lot as to be overly limiting. 

We all the time attempt to discover the stability between realism and fascinating designs that make the characters in God of Warfare so iconic.

Atreus within the final sport had some pops of colour. In God of Warfare Ragnarök he seems to have leaned in much more to vivid colours. What made the group wish to go this course together with his design? 

At this level in his life, Atreus is looking for out who he’s and the colour decisions play with that theme. The yellow from the Giants could be very robust and one thing we now have used since God of Warfare (2018) to trace at what was to come back concerning his heritage. 

The affect of his father is proven within the pink waist material piece, the aggressive pink arrows, and the pink in his bow – it is possible for you to to see how that affect impacts his future upgrades in God of Warfare Ragnarök.

This image is an excerpt from the Cosplay Guide showing the front angle of Atreus’ waist. The page also has several close-ups of his armor.

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Is there any facet of Atreus’ design for God of Warfare Ragnarök that you’re particularly pleased with or need gamers to note?   

Atreus is a product of his surroundings and the folks round him. A really fascinating element that most individuals received’t discover is the trace of Kratos’ tattoos coming by his armor design. 

You possibly can see on his left arm/shoulder the cuts of Kratos’ tattoo coming by the costume –  like father, like son.

This image is an excerpt from the Cosplay Guide showing the front angle of Atreus’ chest. The page also features Lúnda’s sketch of Atreus’ mistletoe necklace.

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Any message for our God of Warfare cosplayer neighborhood?  

One of the rewarding issues as an artist is to see cosplayers do such a tremendous job recreating these characters. We do that with all our hearts to offer followers characters that appear plausible and it’s unimaginable to see folks relate a lot that they determine to cosplay them. 

I do know the quantity of labor that goes into making issues this advanced, so I thanks and admire each single one in every of you.

In case you determine to cosplay a personality from God of Warfare, ensure you tag Santa Monica Studio on social or use the hashtag #GodofWarRagnarok! We all the time like to see your work. 


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