God of War Ragnarok releases in November, but at least one retailer started selling the game early, which means spoilers for the highly anticipated PlayStation game are here. Cory Barlog, who directed God of War in 2018 and produced Ragnarok, expressed his frustration about it in a series of tweets recently.
“A retailer selling the game nearly TWO WEEKS before release. So disappointing,” Barlog said. “Sorry to everyone that you have to dodge spoilers if you want to replay the game. Completely stupid you have to do this. That’s not how any of us at all [Santa Monica Studio] wanted things to move forward.”
Barlog said this situation made him see merit in having “just an installer” on a video game’s physical disc, so that anyone who got an early copy wouldn’t necessarily be able to play the game. Some games do, like Modern Warfare II, which apparently only has 70MB of data on disc and then requires a 100GB download to actually play the game.
In a follow-up tweet, Barlog said he doesn’t really believe physical video games should be released as “just an installer.” He made the comment out of frustration with the Ragnarok leak situation, he said. “
“To be clear, I was expressing my frustration…I wasn’t advocating this at all. Not the future I want as a gamer or developer. So beyond frustration. I feel bad for the team. This whole ordeal is incredibly stressful for all of us. Mental health break time,” he said.
It’s not immediately clear which retailer sold Ragnarok earlier or why, but this sort of thing happens on a regular basis. With games the size and scale of Ragnarok, millions of discs are shipped around the world to a host of retailers large and small. The likelihood that a few of the many millions of copies shipped to retailers will find their way into the hands of the public ahead of time, for whatever reason, is greater than zero.
Santa Monica Studio also released a statement in response to the leaks. “We do our best to limit the exposure of unauthorized footage and screenshots, but the reality is that we can’t capture everything,” the developer said. He also advised players looking to avoid spoilers to disable keywords and hashtags associated with God of War.
“We ask that you please be mindful of the many fans who do not want to accidentally see clips, gameplay or narrative spoilers and avoid sharing them more widely,” the developer said.
Before that, spoiler-y screenshots of Ragnarok leaked on the internet.
Early reviews for God of War Ragnarok will begin appearing online Thursday, November 3 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET, according to those with early access to the game.
GameSpot’s recent preview of God of War Ragnarok based on the game’s early hours said the game looks familiar to the 2018 title, with “no major changes, additions, or subtractions that upset the way it feels or plays.” Tamoor Hussain here at GameSpot said that Ragnarok “does all the right things”, saying he’s confident the game will be an “enjoyable experience” upon completion.
“What remains to be seen is if he can go beyond that and elevate the experience even further. Since Sony Santa Monica has declared Ragnarok to be the conclusion to the Norse mythos of Kratos, expectations are understandably high” , Hussain said.
Ragnarok will launch on November 9 on PS4 and PS5. The game was also recently confirmed to have resolution and performance modes, including 120fps.
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