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Is God of War now free?

Hey friend! As a fellow gaming enthusiast, I know you‘re probably wondering if you can get your hands on the acclaimed God of War games for free. I‘ve done some deep research into this, and unfortunately the answer is generally no – most God of War games require you to pay to play. But I‘ll break down all the details for you here.

Can I get brand new God of War Ragnarok for free?

I wish I could tell you there was a way! But Sony‘s major new release God of War Ragnarok is a full-priced game, retailing for $69.99 on PlayStation 5 and $59.99 on PS4. As a big budget, highly anticipated title published by Sony, there are currently no deals or promotions offering Ragnarok for free.

Believe me, I‘ve scoured the internet trying to find ways to get it gratis! But for now, the only way to play is to pay. Down the road, discounts or used copies could lower the price. But close to launch, you‘ll have shell out full MSRP.

What about the 2018 God of War reboot or earlier series titles?

Unfortunately, the previous God of War games also aren‘t available for free. Here‘s a quick breakdown:

  • God of War (2018) – $19.99 on PlayStation Store
  • God of War III Remastered – $19.99 on PlayStation Store
  • God of War: Ascension – $19.99 on PlayStation Store
  • Earlier PS2/PSP titles – Out of print physically, no digital purchase option

These aren‘t quite full priced new releases. But Sony knows the God of War IP is valuable, so digital downloads on PlayStation Store stay at $19.99. Occasionally the 2018 reboot goes on sale for as low as $9.99. But free? Not yet, friend.

Can I get God of War via PlayStation Plus?

Now this option shows a bit more promise! PlayStation Plus has offered free God of War games in monthly game lineups before. For example, June 2022 gave PS Plus subscribers the 2018 God of War reboot at no extra cost. Pretty sweet deal!

However, PlayStation Plus lineups change all the time. So while you might get lucky one month, there‘s no guarantee. For example, as of December 2022, no God of War titles are included in the PS Plus Essential, Extra, or Premium catalogs. But stay tuned each month for new announcements!

How about other platforms – can I get God of War there?

This is one area where I don‘t have any good news. As PlayStation exclusive titles developed by Sony, the God of War games are only available on PlayStation consoles. You won‘t find them on Xbox, Nintendo Switch, mobile devices, or anything like that.

The one exception is God of War (2018) which was ported to Windows PC in 2022. But it still costs $49.99 to purchase on platforms like Steam and Epic Games Store. So not an option for free either.

Are there trials or demos I can try?

For a very brief time, there was! PlayStation Plus Premium members could access a 3 hour trial of God of War Ragnarok on PS5. This let you experience the beginning of Kratos‘ latest adventure for free. However, it required an active Premium subscription, which normally costs $17.99 per month.

Unfortunately, this trial period has now ended. Currently there are no demos or free trials available for any God of War game. But trials may come back in the future, so keep an eye out!

Can I stream God of War through a subscription?

Game streaming services like PlayStation Now, Xbox Game Pass, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna, etc. are great ways to access games through affordable subscriptions rather than buying titles individually.

But God of War has avoided these services so far. You can‘t currently stream any game in the series through a subscription. Sony is pretty restrictive about offering marquee exclusives like God of War through third party streaming services.

I‘ll be keeping a close eye on any changes here and let you know if God of War titles do make their way to libraries of gaming subscription services down the line!

Does it make sense to pay for God of War games?

While not free, paying for God of War games may be justifiable for many gamers. Let‘s look at some statistics:

  • God of War (2018)
    • Metacritic score: 94%
    • 10+ million units sold on PS4
    • Widely regarded as one of the best PS4 games
  • God of War Ragnarok
    • Metacritic score: 94%
    • Biggest PS5 launch to date with 5.1 million units sold
    • Fastest selling title in series history

These are some of the most acclaimed and popular games available exclusively on PlayStation. As a fellow gamer, I think it‘s absolutely worth playing these titles, even at full price. The complete experiences Sony Santa Monica delivers here are pretty special.

Of course, watching for sales and deals is smart. Patience can pay off. But if you have the means, I‘d argue the quality fully justifies paying retail price for these God of War masterpieces. They truly represent the pinnacle of cinematic gameplay and storytelling in games today.

The bottom line

The bottom line is God of War games aren‘t free… yet! But as a savvy gamer, keep watching for deals, discounts, used copies, and PlayStation Plus giveaways. With some patience, you may just be able to score Kratos‘ epic adventures at reduced prices.

For the time being, the unmatched production values and overwhelmingly positive reception may make paying full price worth it if you have the funds. Whichever route you choose, God of War delivers definitively memorable gaming experiences well worth playing. Hope this info helps you on your quest for freebies or the best deals!