God of War Ragnarok’s Ratatoskr Eventually Loses It If You Chime Too Much
God of War Ragnarok has been a big success for PlayStation and its developer Santa Monica Studio, earning rave reviews from players and critics and selling bucketloads. As the culmination of Kratos and Atreus' journey through the pantheon and realms of Norse mythology you meet plenty of gods, Valkyrie, giants, and magical beings in the game, and one of the most charming new additions is the talking squirrel Ratatoskr.
While he appeared in the 2018 game as an apparition the squirrel has a much bigger role in the sequel and is voiced with a rather spiffy posh accent almost as if he could be a butler from Downton Abbey (he's played by the talented SungWon Cho; check him out on YouTube as ProZD). In Ragnarok, players can summon Ratatoskr by throwing the Leviathan axe at some chimes hanging from a branch. But as players have discovered, if you do this too many times you can make the usually gentlemanly squirrel totally lose his cool.
Over on the God of War subreddit, players are making the discovery and sharing the hilarious results. While the squirrel does appear to have the patience of a saint as the player continually throws the axe at the chimes, Ratatoskr does react to the seemingly psychotic behaviour. Looks like Santa Monica Studio predicted that players would mess with the squirrel in this way.
After about a minute or so of non-stop chiming, with the squirrel steadily commenting on the axe throwing, Ratatoskr finally loses it. We won't spoil it so players can give it a go in the game themselves or alternatively just watch the clip linked above. Suffice to say, even this handsome squirrel has his limits.
It's a great moment and it's always pleasing to see developers going to this level of detail in order to make in-game worlds that much more believable and reactive so that players can discover just how much thought has gone into creating these characters and environments. SungWon Cho must have had some fun recording these lines too as the outburst is a joy to hear. Who knew that players could be so predictably bastardly.
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