God of War: Ragnarok has received a rating in South Korea, suggesting the game is on track for its 2022 release date.
As spotted by ResetEra user modiz, Ragaorok was rated as an “18 and over” game by South Korea’s Game Rating and Administration Committee, and a game being rated usually signifies that a relatively complete version has been presented, and therefore isn’t too far from being released.
While developer Sony Santa Monica has reassured fans recently that the long-awaited sequel to God of War (2018) will be released this year, there’s also been reason to be a little sceptical. 2022 has proved a particularly nasty year for game delays as the impact of COVID-19 still echoes throughout the industry. 29 games have been affected by delays this year so far, headlined by the recent shift of Bethesda’s Redfall and Starfield into next year.
Ragnarok itself has also been delayed before and is just one of many PlayStation Studios titles that have been pushed back. Horizon: Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, Returnal, and Ghost of Tsushima were all delayed by Sony in the past two years.
Originally due to be released in 2021, Ragnarok was pushed back “to ensure that Santa Monica Studio can deliver the amazing God of War game that we all want to play.” Protagonist Kratos’s voice actor later revealed that he was part of the reason for Ragnarok’s delay, however, saying that he had to undergo physical therapy following several operations in 2019 and therefore couldn’t work.
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Ragnarok was announced for PlayStation 5 (and later confirmed to be coming to PS4 too) in September 2020 and a three-minute trailer was shared one year later.
In our 10/10 review of the 2018 original, IGN said: “God of War’s outstanding characters, world, and combat come together to form an unforgettable adventure.”
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.