Santa Monica Studio’s beloved intellectual property (IP), God of War (GoW), probably needs no introduction. The franchise is a multi-million dollar success that has been around ever since the first game was released back in 2005 for the PlayStation 2 (PS2).
In 2023, the series’ current-gen entries have garnered rave reviews from both critics and fans alike, each being God of War (2018) and God of War Ragnarok (2022). Nevertheless, the IP is known to be PlayStation-exclusive, so can we experience the God of War spectacle on our gaming computers too?
Yes, we can play the Norse-centric God of War (2018) on PC after it was ported in 2022, but not its sequel, God of War Ragnarok. This is likely due to the 2018 title being considered the start of a new narrative for the protagonist, Kratos, after his revenge-driven story was concluded in God of War III (2010), so the publishers would want to expand the game’s reach to as many audiences as possible.
Both the developer and Sony Interactive Entertainment (publisher) might have aimed to improve the sales for God of War (2018) by releasing it on both the PC and PS consoles, while the latest addition, God of War Ragnarok, was already on the radar of fans worldwide that it didn’t need to be ported to the PC anymore (at least for the time being).
Still, for anyone who hasn’t played God of War (2018) yet, the game is still purchasable from the popular video game distributor, Steam. It’s a flawless game with almost no faults, evidenced by its Game of the Year accolade that very same year!
Is God of War Playable using the Mouse and Keyboard?
With God of War (2018) being the franchise’s first title to be ported to PC, it’s understandable that gamers might be skeptical of how playable it is when using the mouse and keyboard.
Good news; God of War (2018) is playable using the mouse and keyboard, with key mappings and button prompts being exceptionally intuitive and optimized. Those accustomed to playing action games using gamepads will be pleasantly surprised to find the same joy when opting for the mouse and keyboard.
That being said, it’s worth mentioning that we should at least consider buying a gaming mouse and keyboard instead of using the normal ones. Essentially, a more specialized mouse and keyboard offer better latency and in-game responses, which are important for video gaming.
Nonetheless, for those who already have a PS5 in their living room, God of War (2018) does support PS5 controllers even though the game is run on a computer! Here’s a quick guide on how to do that, thanks to TheMelodicPunk:
Which God of War Games Can Be Played on PC?
Now, many of us might be wondering if there are other GoW games that can be played on the PC. Genuinely, that’s a good thought.
Unfortunately, God of War (2018) is the only GoW game that’s officially playable on the PC. Every other GoW titles are exclusively available for PS consoles, such as God of War 2 for the PS2, and God of War: Ascension for the PS3.
Not all is doom and gloom, though; PC gamers can still play many GoW games on the computer via emulators. An example is PSP’s God of War: Chains of Olympus which is playable through the emulator, PPSSPP.
Still, God of War (2018) is the franchise’s first game ever to introduce a trustworthy AI in Kratos’ son, Atreus, who’s proven to be one of the most intelligent companions in PC gaming history! On that note, I’d say we’re not missing out on much.
Will God of War Ragnarok Come to PC?
The most recent GoW game, God of War Ragnarok, has probably usurped God of War (2018) in terms of sales numbers by now, nearing the end of 2023. Boasting the latest lore and new diverse characters, it’s a shame that the game is only sold for the PS4 and PS5.
Judging by the way God of War (2018) was eventually ported to PC a few years after its release, fans are rightfully curious as to whether the new entry will also be available for home computers as well.
Although the developer has neither confirmed nor denied this, it’s possible that God of War Ragnarok will be ported to PC the same way God of War (2018) did, albeit within the next few years (between 2024 and 2026).
Sony would definitely want GoW’s trend to persist for as long as possible, allowing more sales numbers to trickle in. So, it’s only plausible that the same practice will be done for God of War Ragnarok too.
What about on Xbox Game Pass, then?
Well, despite Xbox Game Pass offering a comprehensive catalog of impressive games, PS exclusives like God of War Ragnarok aren’t likely to be added to it.
This doesn’t mean subscribing to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate isn’t worth it, because it definitely is! It’s just better to set our expectations realistically to not be disappointed if things don’t happen as we expected them to.