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The Tiny Ragnarok Detail That Has More Meaning to Kratos Than You Realized
A PlayStation blog post from October 20, 2022, showcased an interview with Art Director Raf Grassetti to discuss the new appearances for Kratos and Atreus in "God of War Ragnarok," and at one point, focused on Kratos' right bracer. Said bracer is held together with a strip of fabric that some players might recognize, but may not realize is a reference to the previous game.
Grassetti explained that the 2018 "God of War" ending included Kratos taking off these bandages-turned-bracers and, in turn, revealing his scars to his son. This was the first time Atreus saw his father's scars, which were proof of his time as a slave and evidence of his past life — where Kratos murdered his family with the same weapon that left those scars.
This is a significant experience for Kratos, who strove to keep his prior life a mystery to Atreus, and the art team wanted to bring a sense of that to "God of War Ragnarok." Kratos' right bracer has a strip of this cloth holding things together as a tribute to the wraps he let loose in the wind at Jotunheim — a detail Grassetti was proud of and wanted fans to notice.