The highly anticipated sequel to 2018’s God of War was previously tipped for a 2021 release but that was pushed back to 2022. And then earlier this year it was slated for release in September, but then was rumored to fall all the way to 2023.
Developer Santa Monica Studio has touted a 2022 release date, yet it hasn't officially confirm a release window for this year. But now Schreier states that multiple sources expect an official release date to be announced by Sony later this month.
Many things can contribute to a game release moving around. These delays are not uncommon, and many developers have had to drastically change how they work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are not sure what caused God of War Ragnarok’s release date to move around so much, the information we do have suggests there is no reason to panic about this first-party PlayStation game.
What do we know about God of War Ragnarok?
Note: The following section contains mild spoilers for 2018’s God of War
Based on the reveal trailer that came out during Sony’s PlayStation Showcase 2021 we expect God of War Ragnarok to be a direct sequel to 2018’s God of War, in which series protagonist Kratos journeys through Midgard with his son Atreus. The end of God of War set up the potential for a storyline based on the Norse myth of Ragnarok, with Thor looking to seek revenge on Kratos. The reveal trailer shows Kratos interacting with an older Atreus, as well as appearances from Norse gods Thor and Tyr, so picking up not too far from where we left off is a reasonable guess.
We also know that the game is slated to come out on both PS4 and PS5, which is notable since it's no longer guaranteed that new games will come out on the older PS4/Xbox One consoles. PS5 exclusive Forspoken is just one example of a new game abandoning the older platforms. But gamers that have been unable to secure a PS5 can rest assured that they will still get to enjoy the next chapter from Kratos and Atreus.