When it comes to big game releases, there are a few things that tend to happen. First, the release date announcement is always a big deal because gamers and critics start talking about how close or how far the game is from actually being released. Then, there’s the fact that people start to plan for that release, whether they’ll get a big special edition (especially if that special edition has some really cool swag.) Then, there is chatter about what other games will compete with the title in question. For example, in October of this year, there are going to be a lot of major 3rd party releases that are definitely going to drain the wallets of gamers as a whole. And then, in November, you have God Of War Ragnarok.
The highly-anticipated sequel to the God of War reboot released on PS4 in 2018 is one of the biggest releases of 2022. The reinvention of Kratos into a fatherly figure and war-torn god was something to behold, and the new perspective of not just exploring the world but fighting within it was done masterfully. Naturally, getting its arguably bigger and better sequel in God Of War Ragnarok–and on the PS5 no less–was always going to be a big deal. Some may remember fans getting too hyped up for a release date announcement and threatening the developer team. Not cool.
The release date of November 8th was finally announced recently, and that has led to some very curious rumblings about what’s about to happen. The team at Kinda Funny made a post noting that one of their members had some “shocking” talks with other developers, and notes that all the other big releases that will be around this title aren’t going to be around it for much longer.
Apparently, other developers seem to know that this game is going to be very special and very good, and that will drive players to choose it over their titles, which will obviously drive down initial sales, something no true game developer wants, especially after years of working on a game.
We’ve already seen one game move via Forspoken, as that was pushed back to January (which might be a good thing, given how things currently look for it.) Then there’s Skull and Bones, which releases just one day before God Of War Ragnarok. Many feel that it’ll get one final delay so it won’t feel the god’s wrath.
It wouldn’t be the weirdest thing to happen in the gaming industry, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.