The Santa Monica studio is pleading with players for civility after a female developer was sent an unsolicited picture of a man’s genitalia in response to the rumored delay of God of War Ragnarok.

Source: God of War Ragnarok (2022), Sony Interactive Entertainment

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Announced back in September 2020The sequel to 2018’s God of War was originally slated to launch in 2021.

However, a global pandemic later occurred and the games were postponed until June 2021 until 2022.

It was around this time that some fans began to become increasingly abusive towards the game’s team, as in June 2021, one of the game’s writers, Alanah Pearce, received a verified set of abusive messages blaming her for the game’s delays.

Source: God of War Ragnarok (2022), Sony Interactive Entertainment

On June 30, 2022, Tom Henderson, a frequent source of industry leaks, reported via Executor that an announcement regarding the game’s release date and special edition offerings was on the horizon, but had been delayed to the 29th.

Henderson admitted, “It’s unclear what caused the delay, but sources suggest that a blog post announcing the release date and an accompanying video of the collector’s editions are ready to go live at any moment if given the green light. “

Source: God of War Ragnarok (2022), Sony Interactive Entertainment

As the rumor began to circulate on the Internet, Sony Santa Monica creative director Corey Barlog added weight to Henderson’s claim of a last-second delay, tweeting June 29, “Dear all, if it’s up to me, I will share all the information as soon as I know about it. But that’s not up to me.”

“So please, be patient,” Barlog pleaded. “I promise that things will be shared as soon as possible. We make games for you. You are the reason we get to play the game.”

Barlog responded to several Twitter users asking about God of War Ragnarok, insisting that the game has not been delayed, but that there will be no announcement on the 30th.

Source: Cory Barlog Twitter

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Unfortunately, some fans responded to the news of the announcement delay with, to say the least, hostility.

Following Barlog’s tweet, Estelle Tigani, the game’s cinematics producer Claimed She was sent candid photos with requests for a release date.

“Pro tip,” she wrote on June 30. “Sending me dick pictures asking for a God of War Ragnarok release date will not, in fact, get me to reveal the release date. For those who are doing this, when did it work for you?!”

Source: estelletigani Twitter

Tigani’s accusation seemed news to Barlog, who responded to her claims with outrage and disgust.

“Are you kidding me now???” A messy barlog protested. I can’t believe I have to say this but don’t send dick pics to anyone on this team or anyone in this industry.”

“They’re busting their asses to make you something to cheer about,” he added. “Show some f—–g respect.”

Source: Cory Barlog Twitter

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Met with Assertion Twitter user @its_eniebomedov personally blamed “the snitch and Jason Schreier for this,” arguing that “if they hadn’t leaked that there was going to be a reveal on the 30th, people wouldn’t have created unrealistic expectations and put all this extra pressure on you there.” No,” Barlog replied firmly, “No.”

“The answer is not to find someone to blame or focus on hatred,” he said said. “Maybe pass it on and make the things we love with some human decency and respect. This is not a battle, we are not at war. We’re just trying to enjoy things together.”

Source: Cory Barlog Twitter, its_eniebomedov Twitter

Barlog will have a response Remove the base From Xbox head Phil Spencer, who praised, “Very well said Corey. Can’t wait to enjoy GoW when it comes out. And thank you and the team for the amazing work you do to create the things we love. Thank you.”

Source: Phil Spencer Twitter

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Santa Monica Studios on July 2, a statement “Every person at Santa Monica Studios is working to create a game we’re proud of, one that we hope you’ll enjoy playing when it’s released,” he wrote, condemning the harassment of their employees.

“Our fans inspire us, and we understand the passion and desire for more information,” the studio added. “But that interest must not be poisonous and must not come at the expense of any man’s dignity. Let’s celebrate our community by treating every gamer and developer with respect.”

Source: Santa Monica Studio Twitter

However, the Santa Monica studio will finally confirm God of War Ragnarok’s release date just four days after its statement, revealing in the game’s new “Father and Son” cinematic trailer that Kratos and Atreus will return to the PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles in November. 9, 2022.

The reveal coincides with the announcement of the aforementioned special editions of the game, which will include the Launch Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, Collector’s Edition, and Jotnar Edition.

However, fans were quick to point out and mock that the latter two contained a “printed voucher code for the complete God of War Ragnarok game on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles” instead of the physical game for the physical special edition.

The PlayStation Blog post also states that “If you purchase God of War Ragnarok Standard Edition for PlayStation 4, you can upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for $10 USD (or currency equivalent).”

Source: God of War Ragnarok (2022), Sony Interactive Entertainment

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