God of War: Ragnarok would be released for PlayStation consoles this year if it wasn’t for Christopher Judge. That’s according to the voice actor behind Kratos, who revealed in a series of tweets today that the game was delayed due to injuries that he had suffered during its development back in 2019. Judge had to undergo major surgeries that included getting his hips replaced, which resulted in Santa Monica Studio having to push God of War: Ragnarok to 2022.
“I need to be forthcoming,” Judge tweeted. “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…”
💯 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
Judge seemingly declined to share more about his injuries and how long it took him to recover, but he did go on to clarify that he is sharing this story to highlight his admiration for Santa Monica Studio, which has proven to be one of Sony’s most formidable first-party developers.
“No threats, no, ‘who do you think you are?’ Nothing but love and support. And @SonySantaMonica has never said a word about the delay, and what caused it. Studios are assholes, but this company from top to bottom, should give us hope. What they did for the crew is way more…”
“That I can’t talk about, but I’ve said to all involved, it’s not he classiest thing that ive EVER heard about in this business. Everyone involved in the GofW franchise puts their hearts and souls in every frame you see. I want thank everyone that’s has allowed me to play…”
“And laugh, and love, and cry, without judgement, but with unconditional support and love, in this thing of ALL OF OURS”
Santa Monica Studio hasn’t shared an exact release date for God of War: Ragnarok yet, but promotional materials have confirmed that the game will debut in 2022. It will be available for both PS4 and PS5 consoles.
Source: Christopher Judge