Sony Santa Monica left a very heart-warming in-game tribute to a developer who passed away during God of War Ragnarök’s production.
Please be aware, whereas this tribute shouldn’t be integral to the principle story, it does relate to at least one of the sport’s ‘Favour’ side-quests. If you might be eager to keep away from any spoilers, please chorus from studying additional.
As gamers make their approach round God of War Ragnarök’s realms, they might discover love hearts adorning the environments. These hearts are linked to the Across the Realms side-quest.
This quest tells the story of Jari and Somr, a pair who traveled throughout the realms collectively and finally discovered a spot to name their residence. Players can discover their camp – the Eternal Campfire – in Midgard, and from right here begin gathering the elements needed for the couple’s subsequent dish (thanks, SirusGaming).
However, this in-game love story is definitely linked to Sony Santa Monica couple Sam Handrick and Jake Snipes.
The couple met when Snipes began working at Santa Monica in 2019. The two quickly grew to become inseparable, touring throughout the US collectively and baking (lots) for the studio.
But their relationship ended too quickly. In 2020, Snipes very sadly passed away attributable to his epilepsy, leaving Handrick heartbroken.
Sharing their story on Twitter, Handrick recalled how the couple would “discuss how a lot we might love to depart some image of us in Ragnarok. Some indication inside this recreation that had been the rationale we might first met, our first recreation made collectively.
“[Snipes] as soon as advised merely a coronary heart, with our initials in Norse runes, carved into this world we made.”
He continued: “I advised Eric [Williams, Ragnarök’s director] and the workforce about Jake’s suggestion of our initials carved right into a coronary heart. 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 individuals know: journeying by a world that does not all the time perceive you to discover a place that really looks like residence.
“And typically that place is solely an individual. And one thing so simple as a recipe is usually a hyperlink again to that residence.”
You can learn Handrick’s full, extremely stunning thread under.
There’s one thing in God of War Ragnarok which is probably the most particular to me. I acquired to pitch it and the workforce made it into every part I may have hoped for.
I had hoped to attend for a while to speak about it however wished to share it now, simply in case.
It’s the Ballad of Jari and Somr. pic.twitter.com/S9itiutGbq
— Sam Handrick (@MDSVeritas) November 18, 2022