Rumblings of a God of War Ragnarok announcement started earlier in June, with Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier addressing speculation that the title would be delayed in 2023. In Schreier’s report, it was said that the game is still on track for a 2022 release with a release date announcement coming later in the month.
Two weeks later, new one-the-scene and reputable insider “The Snitch” posted a Kratos GIF with the number “11110”, which alluded to “30 ” in binary, indicating a June 30th announcement was impending.
It’s understood that this announcement was still the plan until just yesterday, with Sony announcing the release date of the game in addition to the God of War Collector’s Editions.
It’s believed that the original contents of the blog consisted of Collectors Edition details, the release date, and assurance that the game is doing well in development and that gameplay of the game will be at a later date.
It’s unclear what caused the delay, but sources have suggested that both the blog post with the release date announcement and the accompanying video of the collector’s editions are ready to go live at any given moment if given the green light.
Personally, though, I’d be happy if plans were changed for a dedicated State of Play with all of the announcements and gameplay.
PlayStation Game Size, a reputable leaker who accesses information via the PlayStation Store API has also said in a private conversation (and has given permission to publish this info) that the God of War Ragnarok store page updated at 8PM BST yesterday, which he speculated could be a change to the pre-order date.
Coincidently, the store update came just a couple of hours after Santa Monica Studio’s Cory Barlog told fans to be patient about announcements on the game.
One detail that fans seem to be eager to hear is the exact release date of the game, which unfortunately I wasn’t able to verify. Despite the reveal date announcement being delayed, it’s still believed that the game will still be released in November.
Recently, Sony has preferred to release its major first-party titles on a Friday, leaving only a few possible dates on when the game will be released if they continue the trend.
The next Need for Speed installment is due to launch on November 4th and sources have suggested that the current plan for Ubisoft‘s Avatar title is due to launch on November 18th; unless there’s a delay.
So in theory, if Sony didn’t want to step on toes, November 11th could be a price date.
God of War Ragnorak Collector’s Edition
The Collector’s Editions of God of War Ragnarok will feature a 1:1 scale replica of Thor’s Mjolnir hammer, with the two editions being named the Collectors Edition and the Jotnar Edition.
The Jotnar Edition comes with just the hammer and the game, whilst the Collectors Edition comes with other pieces such as some badges, a map of the world, and more.
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