God of War Ragnarok
With still not all that much shown from God of War Ragnarok, and its big Xbox rival, Starfield, delayed into 2023, a delay announcement for the sequel seemed imminent.
However, it appears that’s not going to be the case, according to a recent development. God of War Ragnarok has now been rated by the Korean Ratings Board, which means there’s a game to rate, and it seems unlikely this would be happening if we were still pushing another 9-12 months to release after another delay.
If it hits its holiday 2022 window, we could see God of War Ragnarok out anywhere from September to December, likely the tail end of that. God of War Ragnarok was originally said to be a 2021 release, but no one believed that, and it was delayed for a year. A recent video from Cory Barlog was an apology of shorts for not having anything new to show because the team was “heads down,” and it seems like a precursor for another delay. But this new rating news makes it seem like that is not the case.
It’s unclear when Sony’s next big showcase of the game will be. Usually there’s something around (the now-cancelled) E3 in June, but we have no announcement of anything like a God of War State of Play yet, so it may end up being later. The original God of War reboot was lauded with countless Game of the Year awards, and this second chapter will conclude the two-part Norse saga, which will have Kratos taking on the likes of Thor and Odin, in addition to some foes from the first game.
Whether God of War Ragnarok came out this fall or next spring really has no bearing on PlayStation right now, given that the console cannot be kept in stock for more than a few minutes at a time due to widespread shortages. In a normal console lifecycle, the narrative would be that Microsoft has lost its “system-seller” this fall with the Starfield delay, while Sony has kept there’s, but because of the supply chain, it’s all so screwed up it doesn’t even matter.
Another narrative angle here is that God of War Ragnarok could be the only potential contender to challenge Elden Ring for GOTY, given the quality of the first game. But Elden Ring is so good and so beloved, somehow that still feels like a bit of a longshot.
I would expect a release date announcement in the somewhat near future, and at least some indication of when we’re going to see more footage from it soon. Stay tuned.
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God of War Ragnarok