The God of War franchise got a new jolt of life in 2018 with the return of Kratos in foreign lands. It took place 70 years after God of War III. Instead of returning to its roots in Greek mythology, the latest entry immersed itself in Norse mythology. There he met his wife Faye and had a son named Atreus. What follows is a story between a father and son, as they set off through the realms after the tragic passing of his beloved wife. Her dying wish was for her ashes to be spread from the highest peak, with the two growing closer and closer as the story progresses.
The game was met with critical acclaim. Of course when a sequel got announced, many were immediately excited beyond belief after Santa Monica Studios the iconic word of Ragnarok with an unspecified 2021 release date. Sadly, it looks like the next entry in the franchise will get delayed into 2022 as revealed by the studio in a tweet.
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The head of Playstation Studios, Herman Hulst, also openly discussed that they want Santa Monica to have enough time to make the game be the best it can be.
So we have, currently, two very big, very narrative-driven games in development: Horizon Forbidden West and the next God of War. And for both of those, they’re frankly affected by access to performance capture and talent. For Horizon, we think we are on track to release this holiday season. But that isn’t quite certain yet, and we’re working as hard as we can to confirm that to you as soon as we can. For God of War, the project started a little later. 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
While fans have to wait just a little bit longer, the franchise is no stranger to delays, God of War was put in a similar situation. It originally was going to release in 2017 but got pushed back by a year. The studio will surely do everything it can to make the best possible game as the story of Kratos and Atreus continues.