God of War developer, Santa Monica Studio addresses “toxic” abuse from fans following the reported delay of Ragnarok.
In recent weeks, multiple rumours suggested that Santa Monica Studio would finally reveal the release date for God of War Ragnarok on June 30th. For whatever reason, that rumoured announcement never came to be and it was reportedly delayed.
Multiple sources including Jason Schreier, Tom Henderson and The Snitch all collaborated on the rumoured delay of the release date announcement. Furthermore, rumours also claimed that God of War Ragnarok collector editions was also going to be revealed.
Naturally, God of War fans were disappointed that the Ragnarok release date wasn’t announced. This despite Santa Monica Studio never actually announcing that the release date would be revealed.
Unfortunately, while much of the community was naturally disappointed, some had taken that disappointment too far. Sadly, a developer of God of War Ragnarok revealed that she had received explicit photos from “fans” demanding a release date. This also led to creative director Cory Barlog expressing his disgust at those actions.
However, Santa Monica Studio has now released an official statement addressing the abuse that developers had received.
Treat people with respect
“Every single person at Santa Monica Studio is working to create a game that we’re proud of, one that we hope you will enjoy playing once released,” opened the statement.
“Our fans inspire us, and we understand the passion and desire for more information. But that passion should not be toxic nor come at the expense of any human being’s dignity.
“Let’s celebrate our community by treating each other, every gamer and developer alike, with respect.”
It’s ok to be disappointed, after all, it’s only a natural reaction. However, what isn’t natural is harassment. So as always, just be considerate and kind to others, as you never know what they might be going through.
God of War Ragnarok will be released for both PlayStation 5 as well as PlayStation 4.
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