God of War: Ragnarok is one of the biggest games of the year and it just got leaked.
The unfortunate turn of events started last week when Santa Monica Studio and Sony sent review copies to a lucky few. The earlier leaks of God of War: Ragnarok didn't reveal much of the game's plot. However, the more recent footage and photos are much more telling of the game's plot. This time, it's not the reviewers who are the source of the leaks. According to reports, a retailer in the United States had "accidentally" released a handful of copies of God of War: Ragnarok before November 9.
Longtime series director, Cory Balrog, was understandably disappointed. Balrog aired his frustrations on Twitter, apologizing for the spoilers and asking fans to stay off the internet if they can. Santa Monica Studio released a formal statement echoing the same thoughts.
A message from the team. pic.twitter.com/SRE9tSOV6a
— Santa Monica Studio – God of War Ragnarök (@SonySantaMonica) October 30, 2022
Video game companies have had a tough October. Earlier, A Plague Tale: Requiem leaked ahead of its release date. The same thing happened to Gotham Knights. It wouldn't surprise us if God of War: Ragnarok isn't the last to be leaked before the year ends.
The spoilers will have a negative impact on God of War: Ragnarok, but how much remains unclear.
As a single-player adventure where the story is why people play it, God of War: Ragnarok relies on keeping much under wraps. If you prefer a relatively spoiler-free playthrough of the God of War sequel, you'll want to go internet dark until you can play it.
For what it's worth, Elden Ring suffered similar leaks ahead of its launch in February and it didn't hurt critic reviews nor its sales.