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The PlayStation sequel has been the subject of intense speculation over recent weeks, with a number of reports and claims about the status of the game resulting in fans expecting an imminent update on the project.
Citing three people said to be familiar with the game’s development, Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier said God of War Ragnarök was scheduled to arrive in November and that Sony was expected to announce the game’s release date this month.
But on Wednesday, Santa Monica Studio’s Barlog asked fans to “please, be patient” for news on the eagerly anticipated sequel.
Echoing similar comments he made in April, Barlog added: “I promise things will be shared at the earliest possible moment they can be.”
He also said that were it up to him, he’d share all the information about the game when he found out about it, “but it is not up to me”.
UPDATE: Sony was reportedly due to reveal God of War Ragnarök special editions today, along with the game’s release date, before a last-minute change of plan.
ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES: Following his comments, Barlog was inundated with messages from fans seeking further information on the game.
In one notable exchange, he was asked: “Why won’t you all just go on and tell us that ragnarok is delayed so that we can move on and plan the rest of the year seriously this is getting frustrating.”
To which Barlog responded: “because its not.”
Another Twitter user, Randy MacReady, followed up: “then where the Hell is it? why are we waiting so long?”
“Randy, we are not MacReady,” came the reply from Barlog.
According to Bloomberg’s Schreier, a God of War Ragnarök release date announcement was planned for today, but that now appears unlikely.
“Recent tweets from Cory Barlog suggest that is no longer happening. Still, as far as I know the game has not been delayed again.”
In another tweet on Wednesday, Barlog also seemingly confirmed there are currently no plans for a God of War Ragnarök reveal on June 30.
Last week, a reputable gaming insider who calls themself ‘The Snitch’ also teased an imminent God of War Ragnarök announcement.
“There was going to be a reveal,” they told Kotaku on Wednesday. “But Sony delayed it. It was not a State of Play or a new gameplay trailer. That’s all I can say. It’s a shame. I’m more worried about the game. To me it means it’s not polished enough.”
God of War Ragnarök was originally scheduled for release in 2021, but last June Santa Monica Studio said it had been delayed 2022 to help the studio deliver “a top-quality game while maintaining the safety and wellbeing” of its team.
Barlog revealed last September that he wasn’t returning to direct God of War Ragnarök. The sequel is being directed by fellow series veteran Eric Williams, who joined Santa Monica Studio in 2004 and has worked on every God of War game as a designer, specifically focused on combat.
Sony announced in May that it’s working on a TV adaption of God of War with Amazon.