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God of War Ragnarök May Be Cross Generation

Original God of War director David Jaffe has suggested that God of War Ragnarök may end up being a cross-generational title.

UPDATE: David Jaffe has clarified his comments, see here.

David Jaffe was one of the original masterminds behind the original God of War games on PS2. In a recent video clip that was shared online, Jaffe said, “Oh, I’m sure the next God of War will be PS4/PS5.”

Although it’s worth pointing out that Jaffe hasn’t had any involvement in the most recent entries into the God of War franchise. He didn’t work on God of War (2018) and isn’t working on God of War Ragnarök either.

But his involvement with Santa Monica Studios and Sony does place him well as a source of reliable information. He’s likely to have a good understanding of what is going on behind the scenes.

While this is far from confirmation that God of War Ragnarök will be a cross-generational title, it’s certainly worth noting.

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What Do We Know About God of War Ragnarök?

God of War Ragnarök as the game's title isn’t confirmed either, but it seems the most likely contender at this stage.

To some, the game will be seen as God of War 5. As not only does it continue Krato’s story from God of War (2018) or 4, it also continues story threads from earlier games in the series.

Much of the story in God of War (2018) focused on Kratos trying to forget his violent past in Greece, as told in GOW 1-3. Focusing on raising his son in a new land governed by a different but equally aggressive pantheon of ancient gods.

A teaser clip last year showed off the word Ragnarök with the God of War logo. It also confirmed that the title is aiming for a 2021 release date. The same presentation also confirmed all other upcoming PS5 games coming in 2021 and beyond.

While Sony is winding down production of the PS4, they are still actively releasing games on it. So if God of War Ragnarök is coming in 2021, it makes sense to receive a PS4 release.

The Problem With GOW 5 Being A Cross Generation Release

However, this is also a concern for many. As could a PS4 release hold the game back from being all it can be on PS5? Is the studio better off releasing the game on PS5 only, positioning it as a strictly next-gen title?

This will result in fewer sales, but it may result in a better product. After all, games like Cyberpunk 2077 buckled under the weight of being released on last-gen consoles. The game was clearly intended for more powerful hardware.

But as PS5 stock is still low and unpredictable, it means many would-be PS5 owners are still struggling to find a console. This alone could result in Sony releasing God of War Ragnarök on PS4 – and if they do, it’s hard to blame them.

Of course, we’ll keep you posted as more God of War Ragnarök news arrives.

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