God of War: Ragnarok delayed, but there’s a silver lining

There’s no real way of putting this nicely, but God of War: Ragnarok isn’t coming this year. The teaser shown by Sony gave all of us high hopes for a 2021 launch, but stuff happened. Or stuff didn’t happen. It’s a matter of perspective. Hermen Hulst – Head of PlayStation Studios – took some time to explain why the God of War sequel got pushed back. And to soften the blow, he even had some good news regarding Kratos and Atreus.

So yeah, as I’ve mentioned before in other posts, making a game (mostly) isn’t a walk in the park. It takes a lot of prepping and a metric fuckton of people to get things done right. Especially when it comes to making a story-driven game like God of War, you gotta rely on mocap artists to act out a high-quality scene. The only thing is… actors coming together, getting all close and personal. That isn’t really as easy as it used to be. You know, because of COVID-19.

The production of several PlayStation Studios titles has suffered the consequences of it. According to Hulst – as we can read in a PlayStation Blog post – two big titles are now in production: Horizon Forbidden West and the God of War sequel. While Forbidden West’s launch is still unknown to the public, the release window of 2021 is still the target, although guarantees can’t be given. But as far as God of War, that’s a different story. That game most definitely won’t make it this year.

On the other hand, there is a silver lining to all of this. Even though God of War: Ragnarok got announced as a PlayStation 5 game, there’s a huge chance that the game will also hit the PlayStation 4. Hulst acknowledged in the blog post that Sony can’t really ditch 110 million PlayStation 4 users now the PS5 is their new flagship. The option of bringing games like Forbidden West, God of War, and GT7 to PS4 is being considered. Then again, having games that really utilize the full potential of the PS5 is also important. So yes, God of War: Ragnarok might come to PS4, but again, no guarantees.