The side quest in God of War Ragnarök pays tribute to the late developer

The story of God of War Ragnarök is certainly not stingy with emotional moments, but you can find touching references even if you stray from the path of the main narrative line. You may have already found a special campsite with a rainbow blazing fire around the frozen lake in Midgard and started a side quest related to that location. But what you probably didn’t know is that it has a significant connection to the real world.

Sam Handrick, one of the game’s developers, shared this information on Twitter. During the development of Ragnarök, he met another member of the team, Jake Snipes, and the two fell in love. On the social network, Handrick described their relationship, shared hobbies, traveling to theme parks, baking and, of course, playing video games. Jake Snipes came up with the idea during development that he wanted to put some kind of imprint on the game they both worked on and through which they met. The original idea was a heart with their initials in runic script.

Jake Snipes sadly passed away in 2020 from complications related to epilepsy. Handrick then asked Eric Williams, one of the members of the design team, if it would be possible to include a memory of Jake in the game. But instead of just a heart, Williams suggested the entire Ballad of Jari and Somr quest.

His story tells about two men who found each other in an often cruel world. The eternally burning campfire is a symbol of undying love for a deceased friend. Handrick hopes that all Ragnarök players will take the time to visit this location in the game and find the ingredients for a recipe that reminds them of home.

Similar references in video games are not rare – memories of deceased colleagues (but also devoted fans) can be found in World of Warcraft and many other games in addition to the new God of War.

Source: Games by

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