Sony Santa Monica Studio has announced that God of War: Ragnarok will not be released this year, and instead the studio is aiming for 2022 to continue the story of God of War 2018. The news came from Sony Santa Monica’s social channels where the message was that more time was needed to make the game, as well as making sure that all members of the team could continue to work in a safe environment.
Also, in quite a turn out for the books, Head of PlayStation Studios Herman Hulst has said that the next God of War and GT7 are both cross-gen games that will release on both PS4 and PS5.
In the statement, Sony Santa Monica wrote:
Since the release of the next God of War teaser last year, we’ve been humbled by the amount of love our community has shown us. We’re incredibly grateful to see so many people excited to experience the next chapter of Kratos and Atreus’ journey. We remain focused on delivering a top quality game while maintaining the safety and wellbeing of our team, creative partners, and families. With this in mind, we’ve made the decision to shift the release window to 2022. Thank you for all your continued support, we’ve got some exciting things in the works that we can’t wait to show you.
God of War: Ragnarok was first announced during the PS5 Showcase, and at the time a release window of 2021 was given. We were fans of the PlayStation 4 reboot, though not quite as head-over-heels for it as some. In our God of War review, Jim said:
“A lot of what goes into God of War feels as though it was cherry-picked from the modern gaming zeitgeist. The semi-open world structure, loot system, and a much deeper narrative focus work well, but are all trends being pushed by most other big games. As a result, God of War can feel slightly homogenised in a way that some fans may find unappealing. Thankfully, a strong sense of setting and brutally satisfying combat help maintain that God of War identity. If it wasn’t made abundantly clear already, this is the first in what will most likely be a new trilogy for the God of War franchise, and this first instalment serves as a pretty great foundation.”
Here’s to the sequel building on those solid foundations.