Following God of War Ragnarok leaks that went live last week, Santa Monica Studios has released a statement online warning fans and passers-by of the danger of spoilers as the game’s official release nears. put online.
How did the leaks happen? Good, according to game director Cory Balrog, a retailer selling God of War: Ragnarok early is to blame. There were also a few screenshots posted prematurely by someone who had linked their PlayStation and Twitter accounts (oops), but some pale images compared to the entire game being in the wild.
“As we approach launch, it’s important to our studio to preserve the God of War Ragnarök experience for players who want to experience the game for the first time without spoilers,” Sony Santa Monica wrote in its statement. “We ask that you please be mindful of the many fans who do not want to accidentally see clips, gameplay or narrative spoilers and avoid sharing them more widely.”
“We do our best to limit the exposure of unauthorized footage and screenshots, but the reality is that we can’t capture everything. For those of you who don’t want to risk seeing anything either before launch, we strongly advise you to deactivate all keywords or hashtags associated with the game until the day of release.
So what are the short and long term consequences of this stuff happening? Well, in the short term, these are just spoilers. There’s not much you can do about it as an individual other than steer clear of news hubs like Twitter and Reddit, where a loser could post a gif of Kratos sipping henny and your whole life is gone. would collapse. Also expect DMCA strikes from Sony Santa Monica as it attempts to slap any major source of leaks to pieces where it can find them.
Long term? Well, as Mr. Balrog himself hinted, you might see a growing trend of including dataless discs in retail copies. This basically means that when you buy a boxed copy of a game, you get a fancy disc with an installer on it, requiring you to go home and download the full package.
This, acknowledged by Cory as an awful practice, would suck on every level. There are plenty of people with below-average internet connections who are well within their rights to enjoy a single-player action game they’ve paid for without having to wait for hours or hit data caps. use of the Internet. If you bought Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 last week, you’ve experienced exactly that. A largely dummy disc that sent you to download the vast majority of the game. It blows.
Anyway, for now all you should worry about are God of War spoilers. Keep those blinders on until November 9!
For more God of War Ragnarok coverage, check out our (spoiler-free!) preview of the game, as well as the exciting trailer released recently for the game.