• The first teaser of "God of War: Ragnarok" was released in September last year
  • The company seems to be leaving it out of its plans for the year
  • Sony is yet to issue any formal communication regarding the release of "God of War: Ragnarok"

Although the first teaser of "God of War: Ragnarok" was shown on PlayStation 5 Showcase Stream in September last year, the gameplay footage has not been released yet. The teaser ended with the text, “Ragnarok is Coming” fading in and was shortly followed by “2021,” which many believe is the tentative launch date.

However, Jason Schreier, a renowned gaming industry veteran, thinks a delay is likely as the company seems to be leaving it out of its plans for the year. He was replying to a tweet posted by @Nibellion, who is recognized by most gamers as one of the top sources when it comes to breaking video game-related information or leaks on social media.

Nibel cited GQ’s recent interview with Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan wherein the latter had left out “God of War: Ragnarok” from the company’s 2021 roadmap. Instead, the PlayStation boss enumerated several others in the offing for the PS5.

“Sidenote: in the Jim Ryan interviews today, he kept mentioning ‘Horizon 2: Forbidden West’ as a title for the second half of the year. No mention of the ‘God Of War’ sequel, fwiw," he tweeted.

This apparently caught the eye of former Kotaku full-time journalist Schreier, who then shared his opinion on the matter. @Schreier answered: “I've got a nice shiny bridge to sell anyone who thinks 'God of War' is coming out this year.”

What’s interesting about this is the fact that in the magazine interview, Ryan was asked about another hotly anticipated exclusive -- Gran Turismo 7 -- for the PS5. A PR representative purportedly took over the call and explained that “Covid-related production challenges” have pushed “Gran Turismo 7” back from 2021 to 2022.

As for “God of War: Ragnarok,” Sony is yet to issue any formal communication regarding how release dates were affected by the pandemic.

While many still think that the impending PlayStation State of Play presentation might offer clues about the development status of certain games, Cory Barlog, the creative director behind the 2018 “God of War” and “God of War: Ragnarok,” has denied anything related to the franchise in the show, through a recent tweet.

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'God of War' launches exclusively on PlayStation 4 on April 20, 2018. Sony