God of War Ragnarok side quest pays touching tribute to deceased developer

God of War Ragnarok side quest pays touching tribute to deceased developer

God of War Ragnarok features a side quest which is truly an incredibly touching tribute to Jake Snipes, a developer who worked on the game and who passed away in 2020.

Across the Realms is said to be a sidequest, the one you might discover when playing the game, where you’re tasked with finding four ingredients across the four realms. But as fellow developer Sam Handrick shared, the side quest was made in memory of Snipes, his partner and colleague.

“There is something about God of War Ragnarok that is most special to me. I have to present it and the team did everything I could have hoped for,” Handrick wrote on Twitter. “I had hoped to wait a while to talk about it but I want to share it now, just in case. It’s The Ballad of Jari and Somr.”

Handrick then opened up about their relationship, how they traveled across the United States together to visit theme parks, began sharing their baked goods with the Santa Monica Studio crew, and how the two wanted to “leave a symbol of us in Ragnarok. A few hints in that game that had been the reason we had first met, our first game created together. Once he simply suggested a heart, with our initials in Norse runes, carved into this world that we have created.

Snipes sadly passed away in 2020 due to his epilepsy, leaving Handrick in an understandably heartbroken state. “But when I came back to Ragnarok, I wanted it to be all he deserved. And I hoped I could leave a piece of him there,” Handrick wrote. “When I went back to work, I asked Eric [Williams] if we could include a memorial to Jake. He’s done so much more.”

“I told Eric and the team about Jake’s suggestion of our initials carved into a heart. And he and the team came back with that and something even more special. A Tale of Two Men who find themselves in an often cruel world, and find a place to simply belong together.”

Handrick wanted it to be a story that “a lot of queer people know”, with the game featuring a rainbow campfire that “never stops burning”.

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