Of all the secrets concealed beneath the surface of God of War, there has been one that has eluded us for a long time, but perhaps no longer. The game’s final major secret is believed to have been uncovered, but it was so unsatisfying, some speculate it is not the same secret we have been promised.
Back in spring, following the flood of revelations coming out about God of War‘s many secrets, game director Cory Barlog revealed that there was one secret the community had yet to dig up. Not for a lack of trying, players have remained stumped about the secret up until this week’s San Diego Comic-Con, prompting Barlog to stoke the fires with a major clue during one God of War panel. According to Barlog, the key to the game’s final secret is located somewhere in Kratos’ house.
From here, the community wasted no time tearing the house apart looking for hints, with much of the coordination between players going down on the subReddit r/GodOfWarSecrets and the God of War Secrets Discord, both of which have been active for some time, allowing secret hunters to share evidence and theories. With Barlog’s crucial hint, many in the community believe the secret has been discovered, but with it not being as impactful as we had hoped, some are holding onto the notion that this isn’t the secret we were promised.
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The secret that some believe to be the game’s final mystery involves four runes hidden in each corner of the house. When translated, the runes spell out “LOKI”, which, as anyone that finished the main campaign would know, is the true identity of Kratos’ son, Atreus. An image of the symbols can be seen below, courtesy of Reddit user EzioTheAssassin55.
Complementing the runes is a tapestry hanging in the house that appears to depict half of the symbol of Loki, which is two intertwined snakes. A similar tapestry can be found in the witch Freya’s house.
Now, if you found this conclusion disappointing, you’re not the only one. Many are speculating that this can’t possibly be the final secret, particularly considering Barlog’s phrasing when he announced the secret’s existence earlier this year, claiming “it seems like people have been able to get all the permutations. Not one person, but everyone collectively.” The possible permutations of this secret are far from complex, and certainly wouldn’t require multiple people to deduce it. Furthermore, it’s hard to argue that there is much that is “secret” about this secret. Anyone putting this amount time and effort into Easter egg hunting will have already known this information from simply beating the game, meaning this isn’t a revelation to anyone that would have cared enough to discover it.
Unfortunately, a recent Twitter post by God of War senior concept artist Joe Kennedy suggests that this may be the ultimate secret after all. The post linked the secret-hunting subreddit and Discord with the hashtags “FayeKnew” and “TheHunt” and the comment, “Beautifully done!” The mention of Faye, Atreus’ mother, makes the revelation slightly more interesting, teasing that Faye hid the secret right under our noses the whole time, but that doesn’t really make it any more satisfying. Kennedy’s celebration could be a misdirection, however. When asked to double-down and confirm that this is the game’s ultimate secret, he clarified that he could only speak as a concept artist, and any absolute confirmations would have to come from Barlog himself.
There are still plenty of mysterious elements found in the game, many of which could prove to involve the game’s true ultimate secret. Runes have been discovered around the game world contained in strange red boxes, a small hammer found in Kratos’ house is absolutely covered in mysterious runes, and a recently revealed original-concept comic of the game is believed by many to hold some deeper meaning. These are just some of the leads still being explored on the game’s secret-based subReddit and Discord, with a particularly helpful aggregate post made by user SkipOneEBR available for anyone looking to follow along.