- God of War Ragnarok will be developed for both PS5 and PS4.
- Sony has pushed its release to give Santa Monica Studios more time to work on the project.
- Sony's other major title, Horizon Forbidden West, will be launched as scheduled for later this year.
Gamers have anticipated the sequel to the renowned God of War series for a long time. Originally planned to be launched later in 2021, the game has now been delayed to next year, though there is a bit of good news as well.
The delay was recently confirmed by the game's developer Santa Monica Studio in a tweet. The studio indirectly cited the ongoing pandemic as a reason for this delay, stating that it needs to maintain the safety and well-being of its team and creative partners.
Alongside, it also clarified its intent on delivering a top-quality game despite the odds. This seems to be a smart move on the studio's part, as a delayed launch for a top-quality game is always better than a hurried introduction of a sub-par title. We have seen that recently with several gaming titles, as the time spent by the developers on ironing out the bugs ultimately reflects in the quality of the game.
Being one of the flagship franchises for Sony, gamers are bound to have sky-high expectations from the God of War sequel. Debuted in 2005 for the first time, the game plot has evolved with the ageing of the protagonist Kratos, who will likely face a Ragnarok, a major apocalyptic event, in the upcoming sequel.
The game was originally planned to launch sometime in 2021 and was meant to be a PlayStation 5 exclusive as per Sony's decision to make its flagship titles as new-gen and cutting edge as can be.
This decision, however, has apparently been changed as it is now being suggested that the next God of War title will be a cross-generation game for PS consoles. This means the upcoming God of War will also run on PlayStation 4, in addition to PS5.
Hermen Hulst, chief of PlayStation Studios, confirmed the development, both for the game's launch and its cross-gen support, in a post on PlayStation blog. In a QnA format, Hulst answered these questions to provide more clarity on the much-awaited title.
Apart from God of War, Sony's other big narrative-driven title in development is the Horizon Forbidden West. Hulst said that the development of both the games had been affected "by access to performance capture and talent."
Still, the company will be able to release Horizon this holiday season as planned. As for God of War, since the project started a little later, its release has been moved to next year to give more time to Santa Monica Studio to work upon it.