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Cory Barlog, the director of God of War, has vetoed the internet's speculation over the title and the launch date of the next entry in the series.
The follow up to 2018's God of War was revealed in Sony's showcase event in September, with a teaser trailer stating that "Ragnarok is coming" in a launch window of 2021. Thanks for the advance warning, lads. To be honest, we're not quite sure what to call the next game, as the latest God of War is technically the eighth game in the series. But, obviously, it's not God of War 8, and it's not God of War 4, even though it picks up after the events of God of War 3. It's just God of War, and accordingly, people have gotten creative with the titling of the recently announced game.
Very creative, at that. One user mocked up an IMDb entry for the new game, calling it "God of War Ragnarok" and pencilling in a launch date of February 5th, 2021. Seeing as information has been light on the ground about the next God of War, even though it's been in development for some time now, it's understandable that the false IMDb entry gained noticeable traction. It would be exciting if we were getting our mitts on the new game in only a few months, and it would have jostled elbows with Outriders and Far Cry 6.
In spite of that, God of War director Cory Balrog was quick to rebuke the rumour that the game was on its way so soon. "Ragnawhat?" he said in response to the tweet. "Never heard of it." That settles it, then. Another giveaway was the fact that the cover art is a piece of famous fan art, and this art is actually inspired by the movie, Hellboy. Though the dismissal is damning, it does open up a line of inquiry regarding the game's real title.
The God of War theme for the PlayStation 4 hid a clue which was decoded into "Ragnarok is coming," so this repetition in the PS5 teaser trailer of the game led many to assume that this will be the title. As aforementioned, Barlog has no idea what that's about... but, he could be trying to throw us off the scent, too. In an interview earlier this year, the director did say that he would want to explore the relationship between Kratos and Faye, because she is the most interesting character in the 2018 game.
"You get to understand that she has way more power than all of them and is actually the controller of so much in this universe... I don't know how we're going to tell this or when we're going to tell this, but I really want to tell the story of Kratos and Faye meeting," said Barlog. Well, we'll hold our horses for now, but it seems that we won't be hearing much news about God of War for a little while.
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