The delay was related to health problems and not development issues…
Until recently, we knew very little about why the upcoming entry in the fabled God of War series was postponed from its 2021 launch. We have now been informed it was due to Kratos’ voice actor himself, Christoper Judge.
In a tweet earlier today, Judge said, “I need to be forthcoming […] Ragnarok was delayed because of me. August 2019, I couldn’t walk. Had to have back surgery, both hips replaced, and knee surgery.”
While Judge claims his surgeries required the game to be pushed from a planned 2021 release date, he implies developer Sony Santa Monica was understanding, suggesting that it waited for the actor to undergo rehabilitation after his surgeries, offering “nothing but love and support. And Sony Santa Monica has never said a word about the delay and what caused it.”
Judge also revealed, however, that he threatened to quit the role when God of War director Cory Barlog told him he wouldn’t be returning for the sequel. Barlog – who is currently acting as Sony Santa Monica’s creative director – passed the baton on to God of War veteran Eric Williams.
While Judge may initially have been sceptical about the change, it now appears that Barlog managed to bring him around.
In June, Sony Santa Monica said that the decision to shift the release to 2022 stemmed from a desire to “[maintain] the safety and wellbeing of our team, creative partners, and families,” making no specific reference to Judge. Shortly after that, Barlog told fans that the decision to delay the game was his alone and that fans of the series shouldn’t bother the development team over the long wait.
While we wait for Ragnarok’s prolonged launch, here are October’s pending releases.
For future updates, watch this space.
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