Christopher Judge, the voice actor for Kratos in 2018 God of War, stated that a series of surgeries he required in 2019 resulted in God of War Ragnarok lagging behind. In a short and poignant series of tweets, he expressed his gratitude to Sony Santa Monica, the studio behind the game, for their unwavering support during his recovery.
In his tweets, Judge revealed that in August 2019, he required a hip replacement, as well as back and knee surgery. Though “studios can be idiotic,” Judge said the Santa Monica Studio’s handling of his rehab was the “fanciest thing” he has ever seen in the business. Judge praised Santa Monica Studio for not publicly disclosing what had caused the delay of the long-awaited PlayStation 5 game. He also supported the God of War studio tweeting that everyone at the company, “from top to bottom, should give us hope.”
Cory Barlog, Creative Director of Santa Monica Studio and Director of God of War, assumed personal responsibility for RagnarokThe delay when the development team faced criticism for postponing the game, according to Eurogamer.
Barlog personally responded to Judge’s tweets, saying, “I’d walk through a thousand fires for you, my friend.” He combined this tweet with the infamous gif of Aragorn from The Fellowship of the Ring saying “You have my sword.” Naturally, Twitter followers joined the sentiment with more Lord of the Rings gifs in support of the former Stargate SG-1 actor.
Judge also surprisingly admitted that he was initially going to stop playing Kratos when he learned that Barlog would not be directing again. Ragnarok. Barlog, however, persuaded Judge to stay in the role, telling him that RagnarokDirector Eric Williams is “a beast.” The judge confirmed that he now agrees with Barlog’s assessment, and attested that Williams is indeed “a fucking BEAST. “
The judge expressed his appreciation to the God of War fandom and the Santa Monica Studio team for allowing him to bring Kratos to life “without judgment, but with unconditional love and support.” God of War Ragnarok comes out in 2022.