- God of War: Ragnarok contains an allusion to PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.
- Kratos and Mimir discuss the Ghost of Sparta’s involvement in the fighting game.
God of War Ragnarok contains a funny Easter egg that establishes PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, a crossover fighting game released in 2012, as canon to the mythical action series.
The newly released sequel from Santa Monica Studios has Kratos and his demigod son Atreus fighting their way through Norse mythology once more. God of War Ragnarok makes a startling allusion to the fact that Kratos may also be controlled by the player in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.
According to Press Start, Kratos and Mimir discuss the Ghost of Sparta’s involvement in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. While sledding around Midgard, Mimir asks Kratos about an old tournament he once competed in, setting off a hilarious chain of events.
Kratos says the battle included “beasts, scoundrels, princesses, the undead, automatons, and history’s finest musician,” but he won’t say more.
A discussion on PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and its playable characters like Nathan Drake from Uncharted, Fat Princess from PaRappa the Rapper, and PaRappa from PaRappa the Rapper, as confirmed in a Press Start interview with Narrative Director Matt Sophos.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale pitted Kratos, Nathan Drake, and Sly Cooper against each other as PlayStation’s version to Super Smash Bros.
The inaugural PlayStation All-Stars game was met with mixed reviews, and despite speculation that a sequel would be in the works, it ended up being the series’ only entry.
The platform brawler from 2012 did, however, bring some new features to the genre, such as the requirement that players only use Super Moves to beat adversaries. The winners of combat don’t knock their foes off the stage, but rather built up enough momentum to unleash a devastating special move.
The exchange between Mimir and Kratos discussing PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal is a fantastic tribute to PlayStation enthusiasts, and it’s far from the only reference to other PlayStation-exclusive games throughout the game.
Kvasir’s Poems, treasures that transform popular PlayStation games into verse for Kratos’ amusement, are hidden throughout God of War: Ragnarok. Poems like “The Sunrise of Nothingness,” which alludes to Horizon: Zero Dawn, and “Tool and Bang,” which pays homage to Ratchet & Clank, offer a lyrical take on popular PlayStation games.