God of War 2, or God of War: Ragnarok, is still coming. At some point. Just not in 2021.
Here's everything we know about the next God of War title from Santa Monica Studios.
LATEST - It's Official, the Next God of War has Been Delayed
Word has come to us via Sony Santa Monica's official Twitter account that the next God of War (which still doesn't have an official title) has been delayed out of its original 2021 release window into an unspecified date in 2022.
While this news may be disappointing to some, delays really only result in a more polished final product. Better delayed and awesome than on-time and underwhelming!
State of Play Announcement
PlayStation had a State of Play presentation on February 25th and God of War 2 was a big talking point amongst fans.
In a discussion on 2021's plans, SIE CEO Jim Ryan seemed to consciously leave God of War: Ragnarok out of discussions while mentioning upcoming titles, like Horizon: Forbidden West.
Could the next God of War title be getting delayed? Would they announce that at a State of Play Presentation?
At the moment, all we know is that God of War 2 is due to launch in 2022.
Below, you can check out the very uninformative reveal teaser we got last year:
At the end of God of War, we got a glimpse of what is to come from God of War 2 and the subtitle "Ragnarok" seems largely accurate.
In God of War, Kratos kills Magni and Modi during his travels. These two are Thor's sons and the mysterious figure we see at the end of the God of War campaign is undoubtedly the God of Thunder.
However, that's all we know really going into God of War 2.
Ragnarok is the story of the Apocalypse, according to Norse Mythology, and we can only offer guesswork as to what this will translate to in the next God of War game.
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A conflict between Thor and Kratos is bound to be an epic clash, but could it really bring about the end of the world? With God Of War showcasing several of the Nine Realms, maybe one or two of them could get destroyed.
Will Kratos Die?
We know this is a bit of a long shot, but it isn't outside the realms of possibility when you consider the original plans for the God of War reboot and what could happen in God of War: Ragnarok.
In an on-stage talk in 2019, Game Director Cory Barlog commented that "people were saying we had to get rid of Kratos" in early talks about the title.
" So there was a bunch of people who were in the camp of, ‘No more Kratos, he’s annoying, he’s done.’ And I already decided right from the beginning, ‘I was like, I want to use him,’ because I want to see if we can make a turnaround with the character, see if we can take somebody that people hate, you know, or they like to hate?”"
With Ragnarok meaning the "end of the world", could we see Kratos' death as a metaphorical world-ending for Atreus?
We also know that Atreus is actually Loki, who famously has a rivalry with Thor throughout Norse Mythology and its representations. Maybe God of War 2 is going to give us this classic battle instead?