Santa Monica Studios’ Cory Barlog addressed the relative calm surrounding the upcoming God of War: Ragnarök, promising “something cool is coming.”
In a video celebrating four years since the release of God of War in 2018, which Barlog was the director of, Barlog says the team at Santa Monica Studios is “incredibly grateful to the fans and the community for all the love and the support we have received”. ” since the release of God of War.
“Without this support,” he continues, “we wouldn’t be able to continue making games. It’s your support that keeps us doing the things we love to do.”
4 years ago, God of War (2018) was released! We’re grateful to all of you who joined Kratos and Atreus on their journey, and we’re very proud of the team that worked to bring it to life. While we’re not ready to share an update on what’s to come, here’s a quick message from Cory! pic.twitter.com/Z5PHpKQppYApril 20, 2022
Barlog then goes on to address “the elephant in the room”: the in-development sequel to God of War, God of War Ragnarök.
“We haven’t talked about that much,” Barlog explains. “It’s because everyone is head down and working hard. We are perfectionists. Everyone is tightening the graphics to level three, there’s so much going on right now that I just wish we could share with you, but it’s just not ready to show.”
Giving some hope, however, Barlog adds that “the moment, the very second, we have something we’re ready to share, we’re going to share it, because we don’t want to hold any of it. So please please hold on tight, know that something cool is coming and we, everyone here in Santa Monica, are incredibly grateful for all the support you have given us.
God of War: Ragnarök is still set to release in 2022, although it doesn’t have an exact release date yet. Upon release, it will be playable on PS4 and PS5 as a PlayStation exclusive.
Analysis: When are we likely to hear more?
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything official around God of War: Ragnarök and the lack of updates has some fans worried that this could signal an impending delay announcement. The game was, after all, previously delayed to 2022 from its original 2021 release window.
Sony however reiterated that the game is on track for its January 2022 release window, which was repeated on Twitter by the social and community manager of Santa Monica Studios and by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier.
As for when we might see and hear more about the game, that remains unclear. Once we could have said that it was better to wait until E3 for any major update, but E3 2022 has been completely canceled. On top of that, PlayStation hasn’t relied on the show at all for the past few years, having pulled out of the show since E3 2019.
A dedicated State of Play is certainly the likeliest route Sony and Santa Monica Studios will take, but as for the release date, we can’t be sure. If the game is still on track for its release in 2022, we imagine that we can expect something in the coming months.