God of War Ragnarök, arguably one of the last blockbuster titles of 2022, just released. The PlayStation exclusive is already receiving rave reviews. But it’s not just PlayStation fans that are praising the new title. Even Xbox executives Phil Spencer and Aaron Greenberg weren’t able to remain silent about the game and took to Twitter to spread the word.
The God of War franchise follows central protagonist Kronos as he battles various Gods. Initially, the series centered around Greek mythos. However, 2018’s God of War pivoted to Norse mythology and introduced Kronos’s bow-wielding son Atreus. Said title was so well received by the public that Prime video is now working on a live-action God of War series.
Now GOW Ragnarök takes the series to a whole new level, being the first on the franchise on PlayStation 5.
Prior to the game’s release, Greenberg took to Twitter to congratulate the game’s producer Cory Barlog and his team. “Huge congratulations Cory to you and the team,” Greenberg tweeted. “Impressive what you have achieved here despite all the challenges of late. Looking forward to playing it soon!”
Huge congratulations Cory to you and the team. Impressive what you have achieved here despite all the challenges of late. Looking forward to playing it soon!
— Aaron Greenberg 🙅🏼♂️💚U (@aarongreenberg) November 3, 2022
Meanwhile, continuing the entente cordiale Phil Spencer also tweeted in support of God of War Ragnarök. “Congrats to you and the team @SonySantaMonica on the release of a great game. Really looking forward to playing,” Spencer tweeted on Wednesday.
Congrats to you and the team @SonySantaMonica on the release of a great game. Really looking forward to playing.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) November 9, 2022
Yes, it appears that Xbox execs are more than willing to enjoy a gaming session on a PlayStation if the game is enticing enough. Spencer has even expressed his support of the franchise in the past. Last year IGN announced its readers had chosen 2018’s God of War as the best game of all time. Spencer was quick to praise Barlog for the win, stating, “Congrats, great recognition for a fantastic game from you and the team.”
So well done the GOW team, and big up to the Xbox dudes who love games enough to tell the world so – even if they are a rival console’s exclusive!
2022: Not one of gaming’s finest years…
It’s great news in what’s otherwise been a rather lacklustre year for game releases. Beyond a few select titles like Elden Rings and God of War Ragnarök, there have been few blockbusters to enjoy. While this did leave a vacuum allowing great indie titles such as Stray to receive higher recognition than they usually would, Sony and Microsoft both saw a dip in revenue from game and console sales.
Luckily, it looks like 2023 will be a much better year for the gaming industry. In February, Hogwarts Legacy, the long-awaited RPG based in the Harry Potter universe, will launch on console and PC. Other big titles releasing next year include Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, Octopath Traveler II and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.