God of War has been out now for a while so if you have finished it, you might have an idea of the sense of scale for the game. There are various realms in God of War that can be accessed but even though the game’s map shows that you can select 9 realms, not all of them are actually playable.
In a recent podcast with Kotaku, God of War game director Cory Barlog explained why they decided to make these realms selectable on the map but without the possibility to actually visit them. He also confirmed that they have no plans to add them as a DLC later down the line and it was never their intention in the first place.
Here’s the thing. The conflict between all this is, there are nine realms, right? Midgard being the base realm, the mid-realm, and then the additional eight realms, and it’s very hard to do the visualisation of it without at least acknowledging the other realms.
But we really never planned on going to any of those. That was part of the continuation of the story. But we did struggle with figuring out how to indicate to people, because it was weird when they weren’t included. Because people kept asking, I thought there were nine? Where are there blank spots here?
There are a total of 5 realms that you can visit at any point in God of War, two of them being optional. You start to unlock realms once you have progressed a little further in the game and they are all interconnected to the base, which is Midgard.
God of War is available now exclusively for the PS4. It was developed by Sony Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.