God of War Ragnarök's Dogsled Could Make Travel Less Tedious

The God of War Ragnarök trailer revealed a ton of new content to look forward to as Kratos and Atreus traverse the nine realms, which they will now be able to do while riding a dogsled. While the God of War Ragnarök story elements and combat changes were generously welcomed, the unique feature of a secondary form of travel is going to be a nice addition, too. The dogsled should make travel much less tedious than slowly rowing a boat.

God of War Ragnarök will feature the boat again for areas and realms that haven’t been frozen over by the impending winter apocalypse. The boat, while being a great way for players to take a break from combat to listen to the fantastical Norse Mythology tales from Mimir, was quite a slow way to travel around the Lake of the Nine. It is great that the boat will return, but utilizing another form of traversal that looks to have much greater speed will be a nice change of pace.

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There could also be a third (lesser-used) traversal method that utilizing the new Grapple technique for the Blades of Chaos. It’s likely that the Grapple will be used in God of War Ragnorok mostly during exploration or during battles, but it should allow for much quicker ascension up cliffsides, which seems to mean there are less tedious and slow climbing puzzles. It would be a nice addition if the Blades of Chaos could be used while dogsledding for a quick-turn mechanic after throwing them into the ice, but that may just be wishful thinking.

The Dogsled seems to be something that will play a big role in how Kratos and Atreus traverse Midgard. In the trailer, fans can see Freya on the attack, seeking her revenge as Kratos and Atreus ride through the forest on the dogsled. Freya’s attack could be one of many cinematic experiences to take place while riding the dogsled, which could make for some great action sequences.

With the addition of the dogsled, though, traversal across Midgard will be faster than having to get in a boat and row to specific docks. Not only will the dogsled allow for much quicker travel, but also much more freedom to explore by allowing players to park the sled in many more spots than the boat. Hopefully, developers added a whistle button so that players can call the dogsled whenever they need to, rather than having to go back to wherever they left it.

God of War Ragnarök looks to be introducing many new mechanics. Most of these, like the dogsled, will hopefully improve upon the new systems implemented in 2018's God of War, which was drastically different from other entries in the series. The inclusion of a faster traversal method will be a great addition to explore the Norse realms one last time.

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