God of War Ragnarök Family Portrait Series with Guest Artists Announced


In God of War Ragnarök, the relationship between Kratos and Atreus is central to what defines our story. Although they are our central family, there are many others across the Nine Realms who will also mark the unfolding of events leading up to Ragnarök.

We are very excited to announce a new collaborative partnership that will feature five extremely talented artists who will capture a selection of history’s most important relationships with their unique styles in the God of War Ragnarök family portrait series.

Over the next five weeks, Studio Santa Monica will publish one of the portraits every Tuesday.

Drew Merritt – The Bear and the Wolf

Drew Merritt is a contemporary artist based in Los Angeles, California. Working across a variety of mediums, his style blends classic realism that captures the emotional nuance of subjects.

Drew painted the heroes of our story, Kratos and Atreus, for his work – focusing on the central family of God of War Ragnarök.

“The complexity of the story and the characters is definitely what really got me excited about this project. I’ve also always loved Norse mythology and I try to relate it as much as possible to my work, which has makes this franchise a dream for me to work with.

Portrait Reveal: Tuesday, September 13

Emma Ríos – The Dwarfs

Emma Ríos is a Spanish comic artist and illustrator whose cover art won her a 2020 Eisner Award and works with many heavyweights in the comics industry. His style organically blends environments and subjects into flowing compositions with a whimsical and colorful quality.

Emma’s work focuses on the Huldra brothers, Brok and Sindri, alongside two dwarfs you’ll encounter on your journey through God of War Ragnarök.

“I like action and hack and slash games, so it was easy for me to find this appealing. The latest game, God of War (2018), has a touching story that plays very well and has a great art direction.

Portrait Reveal: Tuesday, September 20

Romina Tempest – Hero of Midgard

Romina Tempest is an illustrator and character designer with whom we had the great pleasure of working on B is for boy, an illustrated account of the events of God of War (2018). His cartoon style captures the heart and expression of his subjects with dynamic backgrounds that create a scene that draws you into the moment of the scene.

Romina’s play will feature the newfound family that Kratos and Atreus have brought together on their journeys through the Nine Realms.

“I’ve been playing God of War since it was first released on PlayStation in the early 2000s. What originally appealed to me was the combination of the hack and slash genre (my favorite genre at the time thanks to games like Devil May Cry) that paired so well with fantasy characters and creatures from Greek mythology.

What really struck me at the time was the scale of everything from the creatures, which were often physically huge and fantastical, to the plot and orchestral score.

Portrait Reveal: Tuesday, September 27

Jae Lee – Mother and Son

Jae Lee is a legendary comic artist with award-winning work for many of the biggest names in comics. His style captures movement, light, and emotional depth in high-contrast portraits that lend him his expertise in skillfully conveying the headspace of the most complicated characters.

Jae captured a mother’s grief and vengeance in her portrayal of Freya and her lost son, Baldur.

“As an artist, I appreciate the sheer skill involved in constructing a world like [God of War]. These games represent a lot of blood, sweat and tears that the people who built this from scratch have sacrificed for us so that we can escape the pain of our daily lives for a bit.

Portrait Reveal: Tuesday, October 4

Sui Ishida – The Ases

Sui Ishida is a Japanese mangaka behind the hit Tokyo Ghoul series. His stylistic approach merges a painterly aesthetic with traditional manga elements. His use of color brings a soft, almost dreamlike quality to his portrait work.

Ishida’s article focuses on the Aesir, the most powerful family in the Nine Realms led by Odin, the Allfather.

“It’s a long-running show, and the setting has changed a lot since the last episode, so I think part of God of the warThe appeal of lies in how players can jump into the latest game and also delve into the series’ past and explore the world of the series.

Also, I’ve had a long interest in mythology and I read a lot about it, so for me seeing how the different gods appear as characters in games is something else fun that God of the war offers.”

Portrait Reveal: Tuesday, October 11


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God of War Ragnarök will be released on November 9, 2022. Pre-order your copy on the PS Store.


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