God of War Ragnarok is the eagerly awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed God of War (2018), a series reboot directed by Cory Barlog and produced by Sony Santa Monica. Revealed in 2020 and said to be released in 2021, it has now been delayed till 2022.
The game’s story reimagined Kratos, the series’ primary character, as a struggling single father who regretted the harsh violence of his own past. It incorporated several basic gameplay principles from both Dark Souls and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which resulted in a game with rewarding combat, engaging world traversal, and simple yet enjoyable puzzles.
God of War Ragnarok was teased with no gameplay footage and was essentially simply a logo displayed alongside the announcements of the first wave of games for the then-upcoming PlayStation 5.
In June 2021, PlayStation Studios’ Hermen Hulst finally gave fans an update on the project, revealing that it had been delayed, saying:
“…we have, currently, two very big, very narrative-driven games in development: Horizon Forbidden West and the next God of War —and for both of those, they’re frankly affected by access to performance capture and talent. For Horizon, we think we are on track to release this holiday season. But that isn’t quite certain yet, and we’re working as hard as we can to confirm that to you as soon as we can —and for God of War, the project started a little later. So we’ve made the decision to push that game out to next year, to ensure that Santa Monica Studio can deliver the amazing God of War game that we all want to play.”
With the news from Gamescom 2021 that Horizon Forbidden West will be delayed as well, there will be a huge gap between Sony’s most recent release, Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart, which was released on June 11, 2021, and whatever first-party game comes out next. It’s likely that Microsoft-owned studio Arkane’s Deathloop will be put under a lot of pressure to carry the console into the fourth quarter. Due to a residual deal from before Microsoft purchased Bethesda Softworks and its sister studios, Deathloop will not be released on Xbox for at least 6-12 months.
We can only assume that we won’t be playing this fantastic game God Of War Ragnarok anytime soon, but make sure to watch out for further news.