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God of War Ragnarok is a cross-gen title, says ex-Santa Monica dev

Published: 09:35, 07 January 2021
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The year 2021 could be one of the best in PlayStation history, as some truly great games could be released, but Sony fans are somewhat divided when the cross-gen release is in the question.

If you expected God of War Ragnarok to be a full-blooded Next-gen game, you might be disappointed. In his God of War stream, former video game designer at Sony's first-party studio Santa Monica, David Jaffe (Twisted Metal, God of War franchises), said that he expects Ragnarok to come out for both PS4 and PS5 consoles. 

Sony have previously announced that it will continue to support the PS4 platform for a couple of years after the PS5 releases, and how could they not, when they have sold over 100 million units of the very successful, last-gen console. If we take into account the economy in the pandemic-affected-world and the fact that PS5 production cannot keep up with demand, then in a way it is good if they decide on this move.

Jim Ryan, the president and CEO of SIE, said in an interview that they do not intend to leave behind their PS4 community. Horizon Forbidden West will release for both PS4 and PS5, and that could be the case with the next God of War. The PS5 launch games, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Sackboy: A Big Adventure, both released on PS4 and PS5 too.

Of course, we can expect that Ragnarok will take advantage of the raw power of the PlayStation 5 console and that the game will look better on the PS5 compared to the PS4 version, but with the launch titles, we saw that the graphics gap is not huge, with the biggest difference being Ray-Tracing in the Spider-Man: MM. 

But, with the time that gap will only grow, and inevitably the PS4 will have to be left behind.

SIE Kratos and his son Atreus in a cave "You only care about the graphics, boy!"

PlayStation fans expect Sony to release a few exclusives this year, but somehow it’s too much to expect that GoW Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Gran Turismo 7, Returnal and the multiplayer mode for The Last of Us 2 will be released in the same year. 

Although, we wouldn't complain much if that really happened.

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