The next God of War, now revealed to be in development for both PS4 and PS5, has been delayed till 2022.
The upcoming sequel, being developed by Santa Monica studio, was first revealed back during the PlayStation 5 September showcase in its run-up to launch. While the game was first revealed to be targeting 2021 release date, the studio has now put out a statement confirming its delay to 2022.
In addition to the statement, Hermen Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios has now stated in a new PlayStation blog post that the game is in development for both PS4 and PS5.
“Where it makes sense to develop a title for both PS4 and PS5 — for Horizon Forbidden West, the next God of War, GT7 — we’ll continue looking at that. And if PS4 owners want to play that game, then they can. If they want to go on and play the PS5 version, that game will be there for them.”
While it makes sense for Sony to continue investing in game development for PS4, it does deserve asking a pivotal question – At what point is leaving behind outdated consoles alright? The PS4 is now almost 8 years old, and the tech inside it is even older. It’s clear that cross-gem games like God of War Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West will be held back by the PS4’s hardware from achieving their fullest potential. They may look significantly better than their predecessors, but the games’ design doesn’t scale across hardware the same way visuals do.
God of War Ragnarok (unofficial title) will release in 2022 for both PS4 and PS5 consoles.