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Sony delays new God of War to 2022

PlayStation 5 sequel was planned for 2021

Kratos attacks a giant in artwork from God of War Image: Sony Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment
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Sony’s next God of War game, originally slated for a 2021 release on PlayStation 5, has been pushed to 2022. PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst and developer Santa Monica Studio confirmed the delay on Wednesday.

Hulst, in an interview posted on the PlayStation Blog, said the sequel to 2018’s God of War was pushed out to give Santa Monica Studio more time to develop the title.

“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,” Hulst explained. “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.

“And 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.”

On Twitter, Santa Monica Studio said, “We remain focused on delivering a top-quality game while maintaining the safety and wellbeing of our team, creative partners, and families. With this in mind, we’ve made the decision to shift our release window to 2022.”

Sony Interactive Entertainment announced the God of War sequel for PlayStation 5 in September, but did not show gameplay footage. A brief teaser trailer featured dialogue from Kratos, presumably speaking to Atreus, saying, “The time draws near. You must prepare yourself.” The teaser concludes with the phrase “Ragnarok is coming.”