God of War Ragnarok has an easter egg that apparently renders the events of PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale cannon. For those who don’t know, Sony tried to compete Super Smash Brothers with its own fighting game featuring its wide array of franchise icons with a game called PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale. The game was released for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in November 2012 and received decent, but not amazing, reviews from critics. By June 2013, the game had sold one million copies, but that wasn’t enough to justify continuing the series with a sequel or DLC, much to the dismay of those who enjoyed the fighting game. The game has since garnered a bit of a cult following, but there’s been no indication that Sony plans to bring the series back.
However, Sony recognized the game in a very unique way in its latest release. As rated by IGN, God of War Ragnarok features a hidden piece of dialogue from Mimir in which he asks Kratos about a tournament he was a part of. He notes that Kratos fought “beasts, villains, princesses, undead, automatons, and the greatest musician in history.” These appear to be references to characters like PaRappa the rapper, Clank, Nathan Drake, and more from Kratos’ time in PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale. Kratos deflects the line of questioning and states that he’d rather not talk about it. Some have also speculated that it could be a reference to mortal combat (2011), in which Kratos was a playable character on the PlayStation 3 version. However, it seems more likely to be a reference to the PlayStation fighting game.
God of War: Ragnarok has officially become PlayStation All-Stars canon 😭 pic.twitter.com/PkyvMcFsWx
— IGN (@IGN) November 15, 2022
It’s a funny little easter egg and while Sony could have had Mimir repeated as a legend or myth with Kratos denying that it ever happened, it chooses to more or less confirm that it happened and move on. Whether it was out of embarrassment or something else will likely remain a mystery. Nonetheless, it’s a hilarious addition to God of War canon.