God of War Ragnarok Has a Side Quest That Is a Beautiful Tribute to a Developer Who Passed Away

Spoilers for a aspect quest in God of War Ragnarok are forward!

God of War Ragnarok has a sidequest that’s a lovely tribute to Jake Snipes, a gameplay programmer at Santa Monica Studio that handed away in 2020.

The aspect quest in query is named Across the Realms, and its significance was shared on Twitter by Sam Handrick, a senior gameplay programmer at Santa Monica Studio who was additionally Snipes’ companion.

“There’s one thing in God of War Ragnarok which is essentially the most particular to me,” Handrick wrote. “I bought to pitch it and the workforce made it into the whole lot I may have hoped for. I had hoped to look forward to a while to discuss it however wished to share it now, simply in case. It’s the Ballad of Jari and Somr.”

Those touring by means of God of War Ragnarok’s world might have seen the primary indicators of the aspect quest by the inexperienced hearts which might be painted on rocks throughout the realms, and the origin of them and the hunt started with an thought by Handrick and Snipes shaped years in the past .

The two would discuss how a lot they’d “love to go away some image of us in Ragnarok. Some indication inside this sport that had been the rationale we might first met, our first sport made collectively. He as soon as steered merely a coronary heart, with our initials in Norse runes, carved into this world we made.”

Sadly, Snipes handed away in 2020. Once Handrick was ready to return to work, he knew he wished to make God of War Ragnarok “the whole lot [Snipes] deserved.” He additionally wished to guarantee Snipes’ reminiscence would perpetually reside on within the sport.

Snipes requested God of War director Eric Williams if it could be attainable to embody a memorial to Jake within the video games, and he “made it a lot extra.”

“I instructed Eric and the workforce about Jake’s suggestion of having our initials carved into a coronary heart,” Handrick shared. “And he and the workforce returned with that and one thing much more particular. A narrative of two males who discover one another in an usually merciless world, and who discover a place to belong merely with one another.

“I wished this story to be one many queer folks know: journeying by means of a world that does not all the time perceive you to discover a place that really looks like dwelling. And typically that place is just a individual. And one thing so simple as a recipe could be a hyperlink again to that dwelling.”

During the hunt, you’ll occur upon a rainbow campfire that “by no means stops burning.” This is an element of the reminiscence of Jake that can reside on perpetually extra.

“This fireplace by no means stops burning,” Handrick stated. “Through the coldest days, by means of the nights you don’t need to reside by means of. It will stand on this world we at @SonySantaMonica created for all of time, carrying the story of a man in whom I discovered one thing unnamable. Something I nonetheless carry now.”

The quest, for these curious, has you touring throughout the realms to discover 4 substances that can create a Meal of Comfort that completely will increase all of your stats by 5. It is a “scrumptious creation that warms the physique and soul.”

For extra on God of War Ragnarok, make certain to try our evaluation, how its puzzle-filled degree design is a reward from the gods, and the way some on the workforce stated, three months earlier than the highly-anticipated sequel launched, “holy crap, the sport’s not good.”

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Adam Bankhurst is a information author for IGN. You can comply with him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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