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Creating iconic characters for God of Struggle Ragnarök  – PlayStation.Weblog

With the discharge of God of Struggle (2018), we had been completely amazed by how many individuals needed to cosplay characters from the sport – even these we didn’t have the possibility to make guides for.

With the God of Struggle Ragnarök cosplay guides, we needed to make as many as we might to assist present assets for all our followers who wish to tackle creating our characters.

We’re completely satisfied to share that we’ve added ten further characters from Lúnda’s workshops notes to the God of Struggle Ragnarök cosplay web page: Freya, Thor, Angrboda, Brok & Sindri, Týr, Thrúd, Heimdall, Odin, and Gná. 

Every information comprises character renders, close-ups of detailed items, and photographs of their weapons/equipment. You’ll additionally discover within the pages further lore particulars handcrafted by our writers right here at Santa Monica Studio and extra sketches from B is for Boy artist Romina Tempest.

After you’ve taken a have a look at the brand new guides, ensure you take a look at the interview with Lead Character Artists Dela Longfish beneath on how the crew approached creating the designs for Freya, Thor, and Angrboda. 

Group cosplay companions

Along with the brand new guides, we’ve as soon as once more partnered with members of our extraordinarily proficient cosplay group to offer assets and tips about creating three of the characters from the up to date guides – Freya, Angrboda, and Thor.

Freya – Ibelinn Cosplay

Cosplay Credit score: Ibelinn Cosplay | Photograph Credit score: Katrix_Media

Representing Freya is none apart from Ibelinn Cosplay, who did a fascinating Witch of the Wilds again when God of Struggle (2018) launched. We’re thrilled to associate along with her to create Freya’s up to date design in God of Struggle Ragnarök.

Ibelinn has put collectively an professional information on the way to plan a cosplay, alongside along with her how-to movies on creating the previous Valkyrie Queen – you possibly can see them right here.

Angrboda – Kizuki Cosplay

Cosplay Credit score: Kizuki Cosplay

To embody the Giantess of Ironwood, we’ve partnered with the fantastic Kizuki Cosplay, who brings a wealth of expertise crafting intricate and detailed designs.

Bringing her professional and versatile abilities to the creation of her cosplay, Kizuki has created a information on making a wig for Angrboda, in addition to tips about how she approached the opposite items of the costume, which you’ll be able to see right here.

Thor – The Ronin Cosplay

Cosplay Credit score: The Ronin Cosplay

To turn out to be the God of Thunder, we partnered with The Ronin Cosplay, who has been a longtime pillar of the God of Struggle cosplay group. From Kratos to Sigrun, Ronin has taken on a few of the most complicated character designs in our video games and made them look completely unimaginable.

Ronin has offered us along with his experience in creating the intricate leather-based items for Thor’s armor in his information, in addition to insights into his course of along with his suggestions video – examine them out right here.

Interview with Lead Character Artist Dela Longfish

To offer insights into the three characters we’ve partnered with group cosplayers to make, we’ve sat down with Dela Longfish, a lead character artist on God of Struggle Ragnarök, to debate how these designs got here to be.


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Grace Orlady: On the finish of the final recreation, Freya undergoes a traumatic occasion with the loss of life of her son – altering her from good friend to hunter, vowing vengeance on Kratos. How did the crew wish to go about altering Freya’s visible look to signify her emotional state at first of God of Struggle Ragnarök?

Dela Longfish: After the occasions of the final recreation, we knew we’d be seeing a very totally different facet of Freya in God of Struggle Ragnarök.

Whereas we needed to retain the long-lasting look of her design, we added a light-weight armor below her clothes that’s seen round her neck and shoulders. Not solely did this present she’s prepared for battle, but in addition utilizing the armor on this approach additionally allowed to make the costume darker to mirror the grief and rage she has due to the lack of her son.

Parts of her look had been designed to look unkempt as we imagined she has spent sleepless days and nights in her limitless pursuit of Kratos. Lined in a layer of grime to point out her tough residing, we additionally smudged the kohl round her eyes deliberately made to resemble tears to point out that behind all that anger there’s a layer of unhappiness she will’t escape from.

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Once we first meet Freya once more, she resides on Midgard within the heights of Fimbulwinter. Did the cruel local weather affect any features of her design?

We at all times imagined Gods have a stronger resilience to the chilly than the people in Midgard. Together with her single motivation to kill Kratos she has uncared for every other mortal wants. The flame of anger she feels in the direction of Kratos is all she must preserve her heat whereas on the hunt.

Freya Idea Artwork by Shan Qiao and Rafael Grassetti

Which components of Freya’s unique look because the Witch of the Wilds did the crew really feel had been necessary to take care of throughout this subsequent installment?

We needed this model of her costume to be an evolution from after we had final seen her. That meant that we retained lots of the weather from her God of Struggle (2018) look whereas constructing on high and round them. Gamers will acknowledge components just like the gold disc round her waist which was at all times a nod again to her royal place in Vanaheim.

Smaller components of her costume just like the weaving and scarf additionally stay constant in her God of Struggle Ragnarök design.

We additionally know that Freya was as soon as the Valkyrie Queen. Together with her capacity to combat considerably restored at the start of the sport as she pursues Kratos and Atreus, are there any specific visible references to her previous as a warrior integrated into her up to date look?

At first of God of Struggle Ragnarök, we see firsthand her talent in preventing that made her the Queen of the Valkyries. Her capacity is rapidly evident, wounding Kratos and proving instantly she is the same as him in each approach. The elevated armor and overlaying in her design displays a sensible selection for extra combat-ready clothes whereas she pursues Kratos. Not solely does she have the leather-based undershirt now guarding her torso, however she additionally has further leathers on her waist to offer further safety whereas retaining extraordinarily nimble.

Even utilizing her capacity to shapeshift right into a falcon to ship crafty assaults from the air all trace again to her function because the winged queen. You’ll be able to see the falcon feathers in her hair have been stored in God of Struggle Ragnarök.

Whereas her sword was at all times current in God of Struggle (2018), it was at all times sheathed on her again. That is the primary time we see her draw it and use it to lethal impact. All through the sport we see extra components from her previous as a Vanir chief and Valkyrie return to her design as she reclaims her energy and company again from Odin.

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Is there any facet of Freya’s design that you simply particularly need gamers to note?

Some followers will discover components from Baldur’s costume all through her designs, such because the Twilight Pendant and the orange warps he wore round his legs that she now wears. These are mementos she carries along with her to at all times bear in mind her son.


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When Thor’s design was proven after the primary God of Struggle Ragnarök trailer, the web exploded (only a bit) with discussions. Have been you anticipating our tackle Thor to be such a sizzling matter amongst players?

It’s at all times attention-grabbing seeing what catches fireplace throughout the web. With a personality like Thor that has so many nice depictions in pop-culture, individuals develop a particular connection to them. So, in that approach it’s comprehensible a dialogue is prompted when a brand new tackle that kind of character comes out.

Our hope is to have the ability to construct that very same connection between our characters and players. For our interpretation, we needed a design that match inside the visible language of the world we had established in God of Struggle (2018), whereas additionally complimenting the story and gameplay the crew had in thoughts.

We needed to design a personality that embodied a thunderstorm, the idea of pure energy coupled with a level of chaotic unpredictability. Because the strongest god within the Norse pantheon, we took inspiration from actual world strongmen and powerlifters which gave him a stable construct whereas additionally reflecting the final time interval we reference for the sport.

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We’ve referenced Thor’s descriptions within the Eddas for lots of inspiration in his design, was the groups’ visible interpretation of him from the myths fairly outlined from the beginning or did it take lots of iteration to choose the ultimate look?

We usually begin any character design with a variety of visible exploration. Thor was no totally different on this case. We had really began ideas for him again on God of Struggle (2018), however these early explorations had been placed on pause.

When the crew started work on God of Struggle Ragnarök, we began re-exploring what he would seem like.  The myths had been a giant inspiration and depicted the God of Thunder as an excellent warrior, but in addition somebody who was lower than heroic at occasions, even harmful and reckless in his actions.

We needed his look to mirror these features and a number of artists did work with that in thoughts.  Because the designs started to evolve and varied components started to resonate with the crew our artwork director Rafael Grassetti did a move and that’s the closing design of Thor seen in recreation.

Thor Idea Artwork by Rafael Grassetti

Mjölnir just isn’t solely an iconic weapon in trendy popular culture, but in addition inside the story of our recreation must be a worthy rival to the Leviathan Axe, which is now one of the iconic God of Struggle weapons. May you are taking us by way of how the crew created the Huldra Brothers’ (second) biggest creation?

There are such a lot of good interpretations for Mjölnir already in popular culture. For us Thor’s hammer, which he at all times holds in his left hand, was impressed by the angled look of Norse artifacts and amulets of the time.

Artist Yefim Kligerman designed the hammer for the submit credit scene in God of Struggle (2018). Even again then to visually join these two iconic weapons, Yefim included a runic talent tree etched into the face of the hammer in the identical method we discover on the blade of the Leviathan Axe. This manner we will see the signature craftmanship of Brok and Sindri in each weapons.

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Is there any facet of Thor’s design that you simply particularly need gamers to note?

Together with ensuring we get the general look we wish for any character we additionally take pleasure in layering in small hints and design particulars.  Thor’s goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjostr, make an look within the backside gold carved cap of Thor’s hammer. Eager-eyed gamers and cosplayers can even discover there are different goat motifs mirrored in his design.

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Whereas we had been capable of go to Jötunheim on the finish of the final recreation and noticed elements of their tradition represented by way of Faye’s artwork and the triptychs, Angrboda is the primary Large we meet that’s really from Jötunheim and at the moment calls it house. What had been a few of the key components you needed to incorporate in her design to point out visually how the Giants are distinctive from the Midgardians and Aesir?   

The Giants had been grasp artisans and craft people.  Though Angrboda has been surviving on her personal for thus lengthy, we needed an magnificence and wonder mirrored in her design that we don’t discover within the inhabitants of different Realms.

As one of many final residing Giants, she represents that a part of Atreus’s heritage which is one thing nobody else can share with him. Not solely does she carry along with her the data of her individuals, however she additionally bodily carried individually carved marbles that contained the souls of the Giants.

Angrboda Idea Artwork by Rafael Grassetti

You talked about Thor’s goats are referenced as motifs in his design, are there any nods to the Norse myths inside Angrboda’s clothes?

Angrboda has a couple of serpent motifs recurring all through her design, which was a nod to her being referred to as the mom of Jörmungandr within the myths. That theme might be seen most evidently in her gold hair accent which is formed like a snake, in addition to in her brooches, necklace, and varied patterns in her clothes.  

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Angrboda has a few of the most original tattoos within the recreation when it comes to shade and design. Why did the crew determine to go on this course along with her ink?

With every of the totally different legendary cultures within the recreation, the crew will search for particular features distinctive to every that set them aside visually. Angroboda’s tattoos had been an instance of this in that they’ve a way more natural and pure really feel to them than lots of the different tattoos you see on different characters. We needed all features of her design, together with her tattoos, to mirror a novel aesthetic that’s carried by way of their artwork and craftsmanship.

The yellow was a shade that represented Faye and the Giants all through God of Struggle (2018). As one of many final of her individuals left, we needed that shade to be current in her design. 

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Relating to visible storytelling, what features of Angroboda’s character are an important to convey by way of her design?

In contrast to a few of the extra implausible characters and creatures of the sport, we took a extra delicate method to the main points in Angrboda’s design.  

For instance, Atreus’ new look options an enormous splash of yellow to honor his Large heritage and connection to his mom. Angrboda, whereas being a Large and residing in Jötunheim, has clothes that options largely shades of browns, teals, and grays. Whereas her main clothes items don’t have the identical assertion yellow piece that Atreus’ does, we nonetheless needed to incorporate smaller touches of the colour to point out her ties to the Giants and to Atreus.

Not solely are her tattoos yellow as talked about earlier than, however it’s also possible to see different pops of yellow woven by way of her hair, in a few of the stitching of her clothes, and within the bronze jewellery she wears. These had been all layered all through her design to provide a constant, however delicate, reference to the Giants.  

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



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