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Kratos actor says God of War Ragnarok was delayed due to his health

Christopher Judge blames himself

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Christopher Judge, the voice actor behind Kratos in 2018’s God of War, posted on Twitter Thursday to blame the delay of 2022’s God of War Ragnarok on himself and his health. According to the tweets, the Stargate SG-1 actor couldn’t walk in 2019, and he had to get both hips replaced, alongside back and knee surgery. Judge’s tweets were seemingly spurred out of gratitude to the God of War community after fans voted it the greatest game of all time in IGN’s recent poll.

Over six unthreaded tweets, Judge explained that Sony Santa Monica never threatened him or pestered him about his recovery during physical therapy. “Studios are assholes,” said Judge. “But [Sony Santa Monica] from top to bottom should give us hope.” Judge called what the studio did for himself and the rest of the crew on God of War “the classiest thing he’s ever heard about in this business.”

After thanking the fans, Judge also revealed that he “quit” the role of Kratos when Cory Barlog — the director on 2018’s God of War — told him that God of War Ragnarok would have a different director. Barlog assured Judge that Eric Williams, the director behind Ragnarok, is “a beast.” Judge ended his tweet confirming that Williams is, in fact, “a motherfuckin’ BEAST!!!”

While Judge is seemingly being hard on himself, God of War fans have flooded his replies for the initial tweet with love and support for the actor’s well-being.

We’ve reached out to Sony for a comment on Judge’s tweets.

God of War Ragnarok is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 sometime next year, though Sony Interactive Entertainment has not announced a specific release date.

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