God of War Ragnarök: Release Date Delayed to Next Year

Just before E3 arrives, the development team has announced that the next God of War’s release date has been pushed to 2022.

Image Source: PlayStation, via YouTube
Image Source: PlayStation, via YouTube

While the PlayStation 5 has already delivered us some incredible games like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Returnal, many fans are craving the sequel to one of, if not the best game of the last generation: God of War.

However, just before E3 2021 gets underway on 12 June, the development team behind the God of War sequel announced that its release has been pushed back from 2021 to 2022.

Santa Monica Studio pushes God of War release date to 2022

As you can see in the announcement above, developers Santa Monica Studio have decided that, for the sake of the quality of the game and their staff’s safety, the God of War sequel will be pushed to a 2022 release window.

Gamers should be used to seeing highly-anticipated titles get their release dates pushed back during the pandemic period that we find ourselves in. They’ve become a bit less frequent now, but early last year, we saw Dying Light 2, Marvel’s Avengers, and Cyberpunk 2077 all get pushed back within the same month, with the former still not due until 7 December.

Still, particularly as the pandemic is still ongoing, and with major releases being subject to such a tremendous amount of scrutiny these days, the God of War 2 release date being shifted makes sense.

Given that the God of War release date delay was made public with plenty of time before this big season of game announcements – when fans would have undoubtedly been expecting a specific release date for God of War: Ragnarök – the studio should be commended.

The wait continues to return to the realms of Norse

The original teaser to confirm the next God of War, which has long been suspected to be called God of War: Ragnarök due to the runes on the theme’s longboat and the Norse tales that Kratos is engulfed in, arrived in September 2020.

It didn’t offer much by way of gameplay or story hints, but it did draw the Omega sign in frost, which has become synonymous with the game’s protagonist, and stated: “Ragnarök is Coming 2021.”

To be fair, a teaser for the sequel was merely to make the game’s development official. Released in April 2018, God of War was the standout release in a year crammed with major titles; a sequel was always going to be in the works, given its critical and financial success.

PlayStation gamers still have plenty to look forward to this year, though, with the promotion for Horizon Forbidden West ramping up significantly in recent weeks.

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