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God of War: Ragnarok Weirdly Makes PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Canon

God of War: Ragnarok has plenty of fun references to PlayStation history, but now fans find conversations that bring back PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, a crossover fighting game released for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita Did.

WARNING: The following contains minor spoilers for God of War: Ragnarok!

Like God of War 2018 before it, Ragnarok is full of tall tales of Mimir, the talking head companion of Kratos and Atreus. One of those stories is a fun reference to PlayStation All-Stars.First reported and posted by press startMimir directly asks Kratos about joining the Crossover Fighter, but Kratos is hesitant to talk about it.

Mimir: I heard that you once fought in a tournament.

Kratos: I have competed in many contests.

Mimir: But this particular one, I heard you fought beasts, rogues, princesses, undead, automatons, and… the greatest musicians in history. It’s not… isn’t it?

Kratos: i won’t talk about this.

Mimir: Enough, brother.

Press Start also confirmed with Ragnarok’s game director that this is indeed a direct reference to PlayStation All-Stars. That’s great.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was first released in 2012. The game featured Smash Bros.-like battles between some of his PlayStation’s most iconic characters at the time, including Kratos, Nathan Drake, Ratchet and Clank, and Jak and Daxter. The game never got a sequel, but we at IGN ended up creating our own dream roster for his potential PlayStation All-Stars 2.

The references within Ragnarok only scratch the surface of the charm and detail the game offers. gave Ragnarok a 10 in its review, stating, “It’s a complete work of art from top to bottom.”Ragnarok also leads at The Game Awards 2022 with 10 nominations.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over 6 years of experience in the games industry and has bylines for IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.

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