The untitled sequel to 2018’s God of War, which has been referred to as God of War 2 or God of War: Ragnarok, has been delayed until 2022, Sony’s Santa Monica Studio has announced. Additionally, the game will launch on both PS4 and PS5, despite previously appearing to be a PS5 exclusive.
Like many other game delays, this seems to have been motivated partially by COVID-19 supply issues and partially by a desire to get the game just right. PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst said as much in an interview on the PlayStation Blog where he revealed Santa Monica Studio has had very limited access to special technology, including the motion-capture tech that helps bring these games to life.
Regarding the God of War sequel, Hulst was very frank about the delay but also the studio’s desire to put out a quality product. “And for God of War, the project started a little later,” he said. “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.”
The studio itself echoed this sentiment on Twitter:
At this point, delays of major titles may not be much of a surprise. However, many fans were shocked by Hulst confirming the God of War sequel will come to PS4 as well as PS5.
“Where it makes sense to develop a title for both PS4 and PS5 — for Horizon Forbidden West, the next God of War, GT7 — we’ll continue looking at that,” he said. “And if PS4 owners want to play that game, then they can. If they want to go on and play the PS5 version, that game will be there for them.”
Previously, the next God of War game looked to be a PS5 exclusive. And while some PS5 players may be annoyed at losing an exclusive title, those who haven’t upgraded to PS4 yet should be very happy by this news.