Why the delayed God of War: Ragnarok release date reveal is trending

Apparently, the God of War: Ragnarok announcement for the 30th "are ready to go live at any given moment if given the green light.

If you've found it difficult to keep track of everything going on with God of War: Ragnarok, you're not alone.

God of War: Ragnarok probably isn't a case of another Cyberpunk 2077, but a bit more assurance from Santa Monica Studio wouldn't hurt either.

Just hours after Cory Barlog asked fans to "stay patient" and reassured everyone that the upcoming God of War game will still launch this year, Tom Henderson came forward with an interesting report.

The reputed industry insider didn't just back up earlier claims that Sony had something in the works before last month ended, but he published a detailed report on Exputer containing info on Santa Monica Studio's initial plans for the day. Specifically, Henderson laid out details about what should have been included in yesterday's Ragnarok release date reveal.

According to Henderson, the original contents of Sony's planned blog for the 30th would have contained the following info:

  • Details about the Collector's Edition
    • Jotnar Edition - comes with a 1:1 scale replica of Thor's Mjolnir hammer
    • Collector's Edition - comes with everything that the Jotnar Edition contained alongside"badges, a map of the world, and more."
  • Release date
  • "Assurance that the game is doing well in development"
  • A promise of gameplay footage that will arrive "at a later date"

Henderson doesn't have a clue about the reason for the delay, but he did mention that he'd be happy "if plans were changed for a dedicated State of Play with [all the] announcements and gameplay," which we agree with.

God of War: Ragnarok probably won't outsell this year's Call of Duty, but we'd be shocked if it didn't keep the numbers close.

God of War: Ragnarok is easily Sony's biggest game in at least two years. After 2018's God of War set a new record for the most units sold for the PS4, gamers are expecting the sequel to do the same. To date, the best-selling next-gen game is Elden Ring at 13.4 million units as of May followed by more "mainstream" titles like Call of Duty and Cyberpunk 2077. We'd like to think that a huge chunk of those Elden Ring sales are on the PS5, where the game seems to perform best.

Having said that, God of War: Ragnarok has a good shot at selling just as much as Elden Ring, at least on the PS5, and even giving it a run for its money for accolades like Game of the Year.

Unfortunately, Sony's decision to drop its original intentions to end the June with an official release date reveal for God of War: Ragnarok won't help its case.

We have no choice but to trust Sony and Santa Monica Studio to do what they think is best for God of War: Ragnarok.

Speaking of sales, elsewhere in the report, Henderson claims that Ragnarok could come out on a Friday in November, which would put it up against EA's next Need for Speed game (November 4) and Ubisoft's Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora (November 18). In addition, Skull and Bones is believed to come out on November 8, which would give Kratos some heavy competition. Then again, if Kratos can take down the entire Greek pantheon as well as a few Norse deities, we're pretty sure big AAA titles are a walk in the park for everybody's favorite grumpy dad.

Ultimately, God of War: Ragnarok doesn't seem like it's going to be delayed into next year.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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