Ragnarok Possibly Delayed, Not Coming to PS4


in General | May, 26th 2021

We have some bad news for PS4 owners: God of War: Ragnarok — one of the most anticipated games in recent history — has not only been delayed (if a slew of credible rumors is to be believed), but a PS4 release might not happen. This, in short, is quite disheartening news, but it does make sense in the grand scheme of things.

First of all, like most first-party titles and IPs from Sony, God of War: Ragnarok is as layered and complex an undertaking as they come. We’re talking about a game that is employing the most cutting-edge tech available, a game that is meticulously crafted by hundreds of exceptionally talented game devs, and a tremendous project that requires an immense amount of dedication and attention to detail. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill Assassin’s Creed or an installment in the Forza series where a “fresh coat of paint” does the trick every couple of years.

The first game (the one that can rightfully be characterized as “genre-defining“) from 2018 has blurred the lines between multiple different mediums, including film, literature, and video games. And, naturally, it was met with such universal praise and critical acclaim precisely because of the amount of effort that Santa Monica Studios put in from day one. 

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, though, game development has become a whole lot more complicated and more taxing and challenging than ever before. For a title as layered and complex as God of War: Ragnarok, this guarantees a delay (hopefully, it stays in the singular). 

According to a fairly respectable leaker on the ResetEra forums, the upcoming God of War will be a PlayStation 5 exclusive, much like Demon’s Souls and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. This is a bitter pill to swallow for PS4 owners as so many of us have been looking forward to playing God of War: Ragnarok come holiday season, but it seems like it just wasn’t meant to be. 

Then again, this kind of decision makes a lot of sense for a myriad of different reasons. First of all, it’s a great incentive to purchase a PlayStation 5 (assuming you can find one in stock for a reasonable price). Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, this means that Santa Monica Studios can go all-out and truly harness the full inherent potential of the PS5 and its potent hardware. Cross-gen titles are always somewhat less impressive in terms of performance and graphical fidelity because they’re developed with multiple different platforms and architectures in mind. 

A PS5-only release, however, is a completely different animal — look at Ratchet & Clank. It’s like watching a Pixar/Disney flick in motion; Insomniac Games are pushing all the right boundaries. If their work is anything to go by, God of War: Ragnarok will be every bit as impressive, if not even more so.

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