The upcoming God of War Ragnarok has gotten an age rating in South Korea, suggesting that it may well launch in 2022. The computer game industry has seen various high-profile delays already in 2022, with Starfield and Redfall's push to 2023 being a massive disaster for Xbox Game Studios' line-up for the year.
There have been fears among the PlayStation fanbase about God of War Ragnarok also being delayed to the following year. God of War Ragnarok has already been delayed once, as it was pushed out of its 2021 release window because of improvement issues related to the global pandemic. The lack of designer updates regarding the game at Sony's last State of Play was also worrying for many, especially as the show lacked the typical high-profile announcement to integrate everything. The team at Santa Monica Studio has been adamant that God of War Ragnarok will launch this year, however last-minute delays for defining moments are nothing new, and late high-profile delays mean that a push to 2023 for Kratos' next adventure isn't off the table just yet.
Despite the uncertainty, it seems that God of War Ragnarok could launch in 2022 after all. The Game Rating and Administration Committee board in South Korea (as spotted by Nibel on Twitter) has rated God of War Ragnarok, suggesting that the substance of the game is ready and that it's close to the end. The rating claims that God of War Ragnarok will feature profanity, curse words, alcohol drinking, and the use of drugs. On the off chance that the game is in a condition where it very well may be rated, God of War Ragnarok may launch in 2022.
On the off chance that God of War Ragnarok does launch this year, it will likely be a holiday season game, as Sony at present doesn't have anything planned for the year's end. In the event that Final Fantasy XVI launches in 2022, that could also dictate when God of War Ragnarok is released, as it's a high-profile PS5 console exclusive that could be on the way soon. Sony will require time to announce the game and advance it ahead of launch, so it's unlikely that God of War Ragnarok will be released during the summer months.
The PlayStation brand had a strong start in 2022, with both Horizon Forbidden West and Gran Turismo 7 launching within close nearness of each other. The year's end is looking barren across the board, with the important holiday season as of now lacking any major releases, especially now that Starfield has been delayed. All Sony needs is God of War Ragnarok's release date to finish up the year, and a summer State of Play would be the ideal scene to announce the arrival of Kratos and Atreus.