God of War Sequel Delayed to 2022

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By Hassan Sajid June 3, 2021

Santa Monica Studio's sequel to 2018's God of War on PlayStation won't be releasing in 2021.

The news was officially confirmed by Sony developers, along with PlayStation Studios head, Herman Hulst on June 2, 2021.

Many expected the sequel to be released in 2021 following a teaser shown by Sony last year as part of the PS5 showcase event.

Unfortunately, it seems like the developers had reason to believe that the game needed more time in development to live up to the enormous expectations set upon it.

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2018's God of War is widely considered one of the best games of all time. The whole God of War franchise itself has a figurehead reputation in the gaming industry.

Santa Monica took a major risk with the 2018 title, giving Kratos a mellowed personality, along with the shift from killing Greek gods to a setting inspired by Norse mythology.

You can't exactly blame Sony nor Santa Monica Studio for wanting to take its time with the next God of War. Most developers are under scrutiny right now.

The launch and subsequent failure of Cyberpunk 2077 put the video game industry's unhealthiest practices front and center

Thus, learning from the developers of Cyberpunk 2077, most studios will want to avoid such negative publicity associated with rushing a game just to adhere to deadlines.

Another PlayStation excludive, Horizon Forbidden West, is already slated for a 2021 release, so the decision to delay God of War 2 to 2022 is a savvy business move on Sony's part.

The exact release date of the 2022 God of War is still not known. Sony nor Santa Monica Studio has announced a specific release date or release window.

Even the name of the next God of War game is unknown. Many believed that it would be referred to as God of War: Ragnarok. However, this information has since been refuted.

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