Rumors about this have been making the rounds on the Web for a few weeks now and, truth be told, most of us were expecting a special State of Play during the summer for this, yet… here we are: Sony just announced that its most important video game of 2022, God of War Ragnarok, is coming to the PlayStation5 and the PlayStation4 on November 9. The company published a new, short CG trailer to mark the occasion of the announcement, as well as a surprising unboxing video of the title’s most expensive editions, the Collector’s Edition and the Jotnar Edition (both impressive by the way).
There will actually be no less than five (!) different editions of God of War Ragnarok depending on when it’s purchased and how much each consumer is interested in the extras offered by the more expensive editions. There’s the Standard Edition (in both physical and digital forms), the Launch Edition (for those who pre-order there will be some digital bonus items), the Digital Deluxe Edition — containing the title’s soundtrack, a digital art book, a PS4 theme and several in-game items — as well as the aforementioned Collector’s and Jotnar Editions.
These two editions come in a sizable box containing several extra items. The Collector’s Edition offers a 16-inch Mjölnir replica — yes, that is Thor’s hammer — a Dwarven Dice set, a couple of 2-inch Vanir Twins Carvings and a steelbook display case. The Jotnar Edition offers everything the Collector’s Edition does, as is usually the case, as well as a 7-inch vinyl record, a pin set, a different dice set, a cloth map and a special ring. It goes without saying that both of these editions offer everything the Digital Deluxe Edition does content-wise, while all three contain the game itself in downloadable form.
God of War Ragnarok will round up a high-quality software year for the PS5 and the PS4 in an almost ideal way. Horizon Forbidden West was released in February and Gran Turismo 7 was released in March, both proving quite successful for Sony so far. The new God of War is also coming out in a somewhat difficult period for PlayStation’s competition, as several high-profile delays left this year’s Q3-Q4 timeframe with no tentpole AAA exclusive releases for Xbox Series S/X consoles. Microsoft’s release schedule is still full of interesting titles but not a single blockbuster, “system-seller” exclusive for its systems. The Americans obviously depend on these titles way less than the Japanese do — the former having chosen to focus on Game Pass subscriptions for some time now — but it’s still something to keep in mind.
The strange thing about God of War Ragnarok is that we now know about its release date and its five different editions but… not a lot about the game itself: the reveal trailer already shown by Sony last September outlined the game’s story but contained precious little actual gameplay footage, while Studio Santa Monica has kept important information — such as new mechanics or new features in general — a closely guarded secret so far. Sony has also not mentioned anything about the differences consumers can expect between the PS4 and the PS5 version of the game (an upgrade from the former version to the latter is confirmed to cost $10/€10 as dictated by Sony’s cross-gen strategy for a while now).
We are sure to get at least a couple of video presentations — as well as that dedicated State of Play, maybe? — before God of War Ragnarok is released in November, so it shouldn’t be too long because new information about Sony’s much-awaited game is revealed. Chances are, in fact, that we’ll be getting some of that before September. Bets, anyone?