God Of War Ragnarok Players Outraged By PS5 Upgrade Cost
Will God of War Ragnarok ever catch a break? While Sony Santa Monica's long-awaited sequel to 2018's God of War is poised to be one of this year's biggest games, delays, confusing Collector's Editions, and now upgrade costs are bogging it down.
While the God of War name was already a staple of Sony's PlayStation-exclusive roster, the 2018 soft reboot brought Kratos back into our lives in a big way. Ditching the tried and tested Greek mythology in favour of Norse gods and monsters was a gamble that paid off in spades. Knowing that Ragnarok will be the last chapter in the Norse era means the stakes are higher than ever.
How Much Does It Cost To Upgrade God Of War Ragnarok?
Over on the PlayStation Blog, Sony confirmed it will cost $10 to upgrade from the PS4 version to the PS5 God of War Ragnarok. We know that you'll get to make the use of the PS5's beefier graphical capabilities and DualSense features like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, but it's not the free upgrade path we'd hoped for.
With preorders going live tomorrow (July 15), Sony also revealed how much it'll cost you to get Ragnarok's very best. "If you purchase the God of War Ragnarök standard edition for PlayStation 4, you can upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for $10 USD (or currency equivalent)," says the announcement. Remembering that the average new-gen game costs around $10 more than a last-gen, it's not that bad. Still, you'd think it's the end of the world.
The Twitterverse was typically hostile to the news, and wasted no time in sharing its views. "Just because they can get away with it doesn't mean they should. They'd NEVER do this on PC, but they know people don't have any other choice on their platform," raged one. Another added, "Wouldn’t mind if PlayStation introduced themes for ps5 would make the whole theme piece worth it," while a lot said it should be new-gen only.
Will Sony Make God Of War Cheaper?
The problem is that Sony and Microsoft are currently backed into a corner. Everyone knows the world is still struggling to keep up with demand for new-gen consoles, meaning plenty of players are still stuck on last-gen. The option to upgrade for free gives hope to those who plan on getting a PS5 before November, but it's not a perfect system.
It's much the same as when Horizon Forbidden West launched and Sony was dragged for the same $10 upgrade option. Due to fan uproar, the gaming giant eventually relented and offered a free upgrade path. Back then though, Sony said that the $10 upgrade would become the norm moving forward, so are we really surprised? It remains to be seen whether Ragnarok will give us one last treat, but to be honest, we imagine you'll be paying an extra tenner to lift the Leviathan Axe.