God of War Ragnarök continues the long-running story of Kratos, not just from the 2018 PS4 release but also the classic PS2, PSP, and PS3 games. While most of us expected to hear references from these games, many were shocked to see that PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is also canon.
Yes, PlayStation All-Stars, Sony’s attempt to cash in on the Super Smash Bros. phenomenon, seems to be part of the God of War canon. While PlayStation may have forgotten that its Smash competitor exists, Kratos sure hasn’t.
References to other PlayStation games are commonplace with these exclusives but none of them have ever cut this deep, at least not in recent memory. If anything, this makes the canon of God of War Ragnarök even more interesting, making us wonder if Kratos’ other fighting game appearances count as well.
As can be seen in the post below (via Twitter), a conversation between Mimir and Kratos brings up the Spartan’s experience in PlayStation All-Stars. While Kratos acknowledges that he’s been in many “contests,” Mimir brings up how this particular one had “beasts, scoundrels, princesses, automatons, and history’s greatest musician.”
That’s right, God of War Ragnarök confirmed that Parappa the Rapper is history’s greatest musician. (Take that, Swifties.) No wonder this game continues to get all the best scores from critics and fans alike.
Naturally, this has us wondering if Kratos’ other fighting game appearances are also part of the series canon. PlayStation All-Stars aside, Kratos also appears in the PS3 and PS Vita versions of Mortal Kombat (2011). Kratos was also a playable fighter in the PSP game Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny.
Despite having characters like Nathan Drake from Uncharted, Ratchet and Clank, and the aforementioned Kratos, PlayStation All-Stars didn’t make the impact Sony was hoping for. Fans often blame the lack of classic PlayStation characters like Spyro, Crash, and Cloud Strife.
God of War Ragnarök is now available on PS4 and PS5.