New screenshots from God of War Ragnarök show new ways for Kratos to take down his enemies.

Game Informer’s extensive God of War Ragnarök feature features some new screenshots of the game, as well as a ton of information about the ways the anticipated game is trying to innovate from the previous highly successful game.

The creators of God of War Ragnarök had a certain philosophy in mind while making the game: “Kratos plays with his food”. This philosophy is based on an old motto of the studio, which they also kept in mind during the development of the earlier God of War games.

Mihir Sheth, one of the combat developers, has this to say: “That’s an internal philosophy that we’ve had since ancient times. Kratos plays with its food. We tried to create systems that you want to work with, that are playful, with many different routes. And when we looked at the combat in the previous game, we thought, “We can take it a step further; we can find new toys and new ways to play with enemies. That’s more than whatever has been the basic principle.”

For example, the new shield comes in two forms: Dauntless and Stonewall. The Dauntless shield comes with a powerful counterattack when landing a well-timed parry. While the Stonewall shield absorbs damage from incoming attacks and then converts to outgoing damage once the shield is charged. The functionality of the triangle button has also changed. This button now activates Weapon Signature Moves, which infuses an ice or fire infusion to your weapon.

In 2018’s God of War, we already saw many brutal ways in which Kratos kills his enemies. In God of War Ragnarök, the Greek demigod goes one step further.