Kratos actor Christopher Judge confirmed that God of War Ragnarok was delayed to accommodate some serious health issues that he was facing.
In a series of emotional tweets, Kratos actor Christopher Judge confirmed God of War Ragnarök was delayed after extensive surgery, with the star noting Sony Santa Monica Studio waiting for his recovery to record his God of War Ragnarök scenes. Judge’s voice and motion capture performance as Kratos in God of War (2018) was lauded by players and critics. Therefore, the reception to his return within the sequel was warm up on the sequel’s gameplay and story reveal.
This PlayStation Showcase 2021 bombshell followed God of War Ragnarok being delayed to 2022 earlier within the summer. The new release window wasn’t a shock to several, but before the reveal of the PlayStation 5, Sony had announced the sport would release in 2021. due to the shortage of details or the reveal of a politician’s title, there was skepticism regarding whether it might launch in 2021. A delay seemed inevitable, especially after fellow PlayStation exclusive Horizon Forbidden West was delayed to February 2022.
Now, Christopher Judge says God of War Ragnarok didn’t meet its initial 2021 release window due to his health. The Judge explained he underwent back, hip, and knee surgery in August 2019, expressing his surprise at Santa Monica Studio’s patience and support during his recovery process instead of attempting to recast the role. Seeming to verify Judge’s statements, Santa Monica Studio head Cory Barlog replied, “would walk through thousand fires for you, my friend.” Also responding to God of War: Ragnarok’s change in director from Barlog to Eric Williams, Judge, says he nearly quit over the switch but stayed on for the sequel after Barlog vouched for Williams.
💯 in my feels right now. I need to be forthcoming. This has been approved by no one. To the beloved fandom, Ragnarok was delayed because of me. August 2019, I couldn’t walk. Had to have back surgery, both hips replaced, and, knee surgery. They waited for me too rehab…
— Christopher Judge (@iamchrisjudge) September 30, 2021
would walk through a thousand fires for you, my friend.❤️ pic.twitter.com/xV8KYc3bRy
— cory barlog 🖖 (@corybarlog) September 30, 2021
It’s now unclear if God of War: Ragnarok may be released before 2021, as producer Cory Barlog previously stated he delayed God of War Ragnarok to 2022. It’s possible the sport was meant to launch alongside PS5 or shortly afterward, but perhaps Judge’s health and other unforeseen development issues changed those plans. Regardless of the case, Judge is an important part of the rebooted God of War series in PlayStation‘s eyes. he is not the first Kratos actor. Still, his combat, the demigod character, came when the games’ story was made more three-dimensional and relatable. Kratos has always had a tragic origin story, but his anger within the original games caused some to look at him as lacking thoroughness. Meanwhile, the reboot’s combat Kratos and Judge’s performance was lauded in 2018.
Despite the setback, Sony Santa Monica and Judge appear to be hard at work to deliver another God of War entry of an identical or greater caliber. While God of War: Ragnarok currently lacks a particular release date, it likely won’t be long until PlayStation narrows the window right down to a selected quarter or season in 2022.
God of War Ragnarök is going to be available for PS4 and PS5 in 2022.