God Of War Ragnarok Has Touching Tribute To Deceased Dev

God of War: Ragnarok has a particularly tragic love story that's a tribute to the real-life love of two Santa Monica Studio developers. Senior gameplay programmers Sam Hendrick and Jake Snipes both worked on God of War: Ragnarok, although one didn't get to see the game's release.

The side quest "Across the Realms" tells the story of Jari and Somr, a couple that traveled across Midgard, Svartalfheim, Vanaheim, and Alfheim. The pair left a recipe book at the Eternal Campfire, which burns with a rainbow flame and can eventually give the player a "meal of comfort" which permanently increases their stats.

And all of it is a tribute to Hendrick and Snipes. As Hendrick explained in a Twitter thread, the whole quest was designed to honor Snipes, who passed away in 2020 due to epilepsy.

”The story of them goes back to a man I love more than anything," explained Hendrick. "I met Jake Snipes when he joined Santa Monica Studio in 2019. We worked on God of War Ragnarok together, both loved Carly Rae Jepsen and Death Note, and soon we become really close friends. Before too long we become more than that. Jake was and is a shining light in my life."

Like Jari and Somr, the two fell madly in love. They traveled, played games on weekends, and took up baking where they won the Santa Monica Studio pie baking contest. When Snipes passed away, Hendrick wanted to "leave some piece of him" in Ragnarok, and spoke with the quest team to do exactly that.

What they came back with was a quest that involved finding little green hearts with Norse runes inside. Those runes actually spell out Jake and Sam, and were originally Jake's idea for a little insider easter egg.

There are a lot of very cute photos on Twitter, so I suggest reading the full thread on Hendrick’s feed. Especially in case Twitter goes offline as some of us are expecting.

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