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God of War: Ragnarok’s delay was caused by surgery, yes really.

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God of War: Ragnarok is the long-awaited continuation of Sony Santa Monica’s effort to reboot the classic franchise. Kratos continues his fights in Midgard with Thor and the rest of the Aesir gods—the ones Kratos hasn’t killed—fighting back. But it would seem we have to wait a bit more to get our hands on the new game. Kratos needed a break. Or rather, Christopher Judge, who plays him, needed surgery.

The news broke earlier this month that God of War: Ragnarok was being delayed into 2022. And that left many fans questioning why. It turns out that Judge was very forthcoming when asked about it, and responded online. In a Twitter thread, Judge revealed that a medical issue was the reason for the delay.

“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 (sic) rehab.”

Going further, the TV and voice actor elaborated on the incredible support they received from fans. “No threats, no ‘Who do you think you are?’ Nothing but love and support,” he continued. “And Sony Santa Monica 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.” Judge further added that “Everyone involved in the GofW franchise puts their hearts and souls in every frame you see.”

Even studio head had heartwarming remarks on the news saying, “would walk through a thousand fires for you, my friend.” It’s all very touching, and we do wish everyone involved with the project well. Take all the time you need. We would much rather have a good game that’s a labor of love compared to something that’s rushed and you have to sacrifice your health for.

All the fandom wishes Judge a speedy recovery and that we can’t wait to see what he and Sony have cooked up for Kratos this time. The game is due to launch on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 sometime in 2022.

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