God of War Ragnarok early release surprise after Sony mix-up

By Lee Brady,

God of War Ragnarok spoilers are leaking online ahead of the game's PS5 and PS4 release date, with certain retailers and Sony itself culpable for breaking the game's release date and selling the PlayStation Studios title early.

Update 2: As it turns out, Sony mistakenly broke God of War Ragnarok's release date as well as at least one retailer, as covered in our previous update. Due to a mix-up with a customer order of the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 PS5 bundle, Sony erroneously sent a very-surprised customer one of its surplus God of War Ragnarok PS5 stock — a mistake that has potentially snowballed into the spoiler-riddled social media landscape we all now occupy.

Ragnarok release dateRagnarok releases early.

The news was first reported by Push Square, which picked up the tweet in which a surprised Call of Duty player accidentally found themselves in possession of a street-date breaking God of War Ragnarok PS5 bundle. It was confirmed that the bundle only included a digital download code for Ragnarok however, which should exchange for a pre-order copy of the game that can likely only be pre-loaded, not played.

That said, there could always be a compound issue here of Sony having accidentally sent codes for the advanced version of God of War Ragnarok that is currently being played for review across various outlets. All said, this isn't likely to be the main source of the Ragnarok spoilers online, but remember to read below for advice on keeping your feeds spoiler-free and let us know in the comments your thoughts on this whole Ragnarok debacle.

Ragnarok release dateKratos' cosmic pain.

Update 1: God of War Ragnarok director Cory Barlog has accused a retailer of having sold the upcoming PlayStation Studios title weeks ahead of the PS5 and PS4 game's release date, resulting in God of War spoilers leaking onto social media. Santa Monica Studio has issued a warning online for fans to take precautions, as this early God of War Ragnarok release threatens to spoil the plot and the boss fights for eager PlayStation fans.

God of War Ragnarok release dateGod of War Ragnarok's director airs frustration.

God of War Ragnarok director blasts retailer for breaking release date

God of War Ragnarok director Cory Barlog took to Twitter to air his frustration on behalf of the development team regarding the game's broken release date. Despite later clarifying this isn't something he actually wants, Barlog stated: "you know, right now, I can really understand the benefit of having just an installer on the physical disc."

Barlog, who earlier in the year used Twitter to ask for patience in the face of frenzied Ragnarok rumours, has deemed the events "disappointing" and apologised to fans worried about Ragnarok being spoiled ahead of release: "sorry to everyone that you have to dodge the spoilers if you want to play the game fresh. completely f**king stupid you have to do this. this is not at all how any of us at SMS wanted things to go." Santa Monica's official Twitter account also issued a warning to fans, suggesting they "mute any keywords or hashtags associated with the game until release day."

God of War Ragnarok release dateSanta Monica Studio issues a warning.

Our advice from the original story remains useful on this front, so make sure to read the full article for tips on how to block keywords on social media. It might really be best to consider booking up before Ragnarok by playing through previous God of War games in order — perhaps by using PS Plus to do so cheaply. If you have any issues with spoilers, let us know your thoughts in the comments, and if you need a little help fanning the flames, here are three reasons why we're excited (and one reason we're hesitant) about the latest God of War title.

Original Story: God of War Ragnarok fans were warned about spoilers back in August following a reportedly huge Sony and PlayStation leak, but now it appears someone is actively leaking the story of the hotly-anticipated PS5 and PS4 title. We can confirm there are screenshots spoiling God of War Ragnarok circulating across social media platforms, so take some precautions if you don't want the ending of the game spoiled.

God of War RagnarokKeep your eyes on the prize.

How to avoid God of War Ragnarok spoilers before launch

We somewhat devastatingly heard about the God of War Ragnarok spoilers first from our colleague Sean Carey at TrueAchievements, who after seeing the images first-hand informed us: "I've essentially ruined the entire story of the game for myself. Be careful." Later reports from trusted internet sources like Nibel on Twitter seemed to confirm that what Sean had seen was, in fact, a story-ruining spoiler.

God of War Ragnarok's lengthy story features three and a half hours of cutscenes, but it seems some key images will make all the difference. Pray to all the Norse gods and nine realms that you avoid seeing what Sean has — and perhaps help yourself along with some useful social media advice.

God of War RagnarokSocial Ragnarok confirmation.

For example, on Twitter you can mute words you don't want to see — simply go to your account settings, then privacy and safety, and then in the muted words section enter a few words that are too risky to follow this close to launch: "Kratos", "God", "War", "Ragnarok", "Ragnarök", "GoW," etc. Sure, you might miss out on some religious and political news, or indeed any news revolving around Scandanavian apocalypses, but it's a price that simply must be paid.

You can follow the same advice on Facebook, though tragically you would need a third-party app to do so on Reddit, and we can't verify the safety of such a thing. The spoiler photos Sean reported were seen on Reddit too, so our best advice is to just hang out with us on TrueTrophies, where the biggest spoiler we've covered is that God of War Ragnarok's marketing revealed Kratos to have friends in the upcoming game. Let us know in the comments any advice you have and whether you're pumped for the even-approaching release date of this potential best PS5 game.
Lee Brady
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Shadow x Sonic Generations), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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