In 2020, PlayStation shocked a lot of its potential PS5-buying base by announcing a surprisingly quick turnaround for a God of War sequel presumably named God of War Ragnarok though there has never been official confirmation that is the title. The short teaser trailer ended with a 2021 target year, which would put it three years from the release of the critically-acclaimed PlayStation 4 game. At the time, this was likely doable, but a global pandemic has seemingly made this harder to accomplish and the game has been pushed to next year.
This news comes from a PlayStation blog interview with Sony Worldwide Studios chief Hermen Hulst.
“So we have, currently, two very big, very narrative-driven games in development: Horizon Forbidden West and the next God of War,” Hulst states. “And for both of those, they’re frankly affected by access to performance capture and talent. For Horizon, we think we are on track to release this holiday season. But that isn’t quite certain yet, and we’re working as hard as we can to confirm that to you as soon as we can.
“And for God of War, the project started a little later. So we’ve made the decision to push that game out to next year, to ensure that Santa Monica Studio can deliver the amazing God of War game that we all want to play.”
It is not particularly shocking, especially since we have not seen anything about the game since last year’s teaser trailer, but it does move one more arrow out of Sony’s quiver to next year. Hulst goes through great pains in the interview to insist that Worldwide Studios will never compromise quality, presumably to set up that God of War is being delayed to release the best possible game.
Hulst also mentioned that the new game will be a title on both PS4 and PS5, similar to Horizon Forbidden West.