Cory Barlog, game director of God of War (2018), recently shared an incensed tweet wherein he vented frustration over copies of Santa Monica Studio‘s upcoming game, God of War Ragnarok, being out in the open 2 weeks ahead of launch. A certain retailer apparently jumped the gun and delivered pre-ordered copies in advance, which means there are now spoilers out in the open.
God of War Ragnarok is quite possibly the most highly-anticipated game release of 2022, which means, over the next couple of weeks, fans might want to avoid social media lest they risk seeing spoilers. The game is scheduled to come out on November 9, 2022, and is currently available for pre-order, both digital and physical copies of the game.
Barlog shared the team’s collective disappointment but part of his tweet irked a major portion of the gaming community. Specifically, the bit that mentioned the upsides of having just an installer on the physical editions of the game.
God of War Director Cory Barlog Vents Frustration Over Game Leak
to be clear, I was expressing my frustration in the first tweet. not advocating for that at all. not the future i want as a gamer or dev.
just so beyond frustrated. feel terrible for the team.
this whole ordeal is incredibly stressful for us all.
mental health break time.👋
— cory barlog (@corybarlog) October 30, 2022
The initial tweet by Barlog referenced a recent discovery that physical editions of Call of Duty Modern Warfare II contained just an installer that lets players download the game onto their console. This means that the game contains just the contents of the installer and none of the game itself.
While Barlog’s comments were in jest, a large portion of the gaming community took offence to the notion of digital games being shipped like that. The director later apologized for his comment and simply stated that the does not advocate for a future such as this and was simply expressing his frustration over the incident. The game is barely a couple of weeks away now although there is a good chance that subreddits and YouTube will be filling up with footage from the game.
One of the most contentious topics within the industry has been that of the permanence, or lack thereof, of digital games. In the past few years, there has been a number of worrisome stories of publishers de-listing games from digital platforms, regardless of whether the player had once purchased them or not.
While Call of Duty Modern Warfare II’s physical edition was an outlier and not the norm – it could very well become the norm in the next few years. Although it has already received a ton of backlash from players because, at that point, there is no difference between the physical and digital editions of the game.
God of War Ragnarok comes out on November 9 and the game is a cross-gen release which means it will be available for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Fans looking forward to the game might want to mute certain keywords related to the game over their social media and keep away from Youtube for the next couple of weeks.