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The morning after confirmation that the sequel to 2018's God of War was officially moved to a 2022 release date, you might forgive fans of the series - and said outstanding PlayStation 4 exclusive - to be a little peeved. After all, Sony did say, in September 2020, that the game we're all still calling God of War: Ragnarok would come out in 2021.
But it seems that many fans are happy to wait, understanding that Santa Monica Studio's statement about protecting its staff and their families from stress and burnout is probably more important than crunching excessively to meet an unlikely release window. With God of War widely regarded as one of the best games of the PS4 era - it's also one of our greatest games of all time - expectations for this follow-up are massive. But not so intimidatingly huge that we can't all afford to wait a little longer.
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Over on the God of War subreddit, users are generally accepting that a delay, in this instance, is a good thing. "Not really surprising," writes CrouchingPuma - and they're right, as we were expecting a 2022 release date, despite Sony's silence on it until now. "Support healthy work environments for the people who work on your favorite game," writes flohammad BOY, and yes, we should.
MrRitchieAfterDark suggests that this "is not going to be the first delay" for the game - and, well, we'll see, but we don't have a specific date beyond just 2022 right now. And ButWeWereFriends summarises how a lot of us are feeling, writing: "These guys are ones to trust. If it takes longer it takes longer. I want them to be happy with it so I'll wait."
Over on Twitter, IGN's lead on all things PlayStation Jonathan Dornbush posts that he really appreciates it when "statements like this talk about the wellbeing of the developers," adding: "I'm as excited as could be for God of War, but I want the team to take the time they need to get it right, and to live healthy lives while doing so." Amen to that, sir.
@LucePlaysPS5 posts: "After Cyberpunk 2077, I support any delay with upcoming games. Plus, this means I can play Horizon Forbidden West for like 400 hours and not get distracted by God of War." @PaganPlays offers a similar sentiment, writing: "Completely understand when studios need to delay the launch of their games. This gives everyone more time to make this a more enjoyable experience for everyone."
Cyberpunk 2077 was a bit of a mess when it came out in late 2020, after several stretches of pretty intensive crunch. It's one of a handful of recent lessons in how not to get a game shipped - and will no doubt continue to be held up as the example of how a rushed game will always risk being broken af at launch. If you're someone who is pissy at this delay news, I recommend you get a little perspective, because it's really not all about you, boy.
And, you never know, we might actually be able to get a PlayStation 5 by the time the new God of War comes out, now. Not that it'll be essential to have upgraded your PlayStation, as Sony has also confirmed that the sequel will come out for PlayStation 4, likewise Gran Turismo 7.
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