God of War: Ascension detailed, has multiplayer
posted on 04.30.12 at 09:41 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Kratos returns to PlayStation 3, now with online.

Sony Computer Entertainment released first details surrounding God of War: Ascension today. Developed by Sony’s Santa Monica Studio, the game is a prequel that will show Kratos’ emotional path of redemption and detail the rise of his rage to break free from Ares’ bond. It will offer “epic cinematic storytelling, visceral battles, and blockbuster moments,” as well as a revamped combat system and all-new multiplayer mode combining the series’ “brutal gameplay” and “large scale battles.”

The story follows Kratos, six months after being tricked into killing his wife and daughter, as he finds a way to break free from the blood oath that has tied him to the god Ares. Senteced to life in a titan-sized prison, Kratos will fight insanity and gain clarity in his struggle for revenge against Ares. He will face Greek mythology’s “darkest creatures” and solve “intricate puzzles” in his quest for redemption.

“The bar has been set quite high for this franchise as each God of War title succeeds in being better than the last,” said God of War: Ascension director Todd Papy. “But, unlike previous releases, we’re providing a deeper look into Kratos’ tormented past and psyche that fans have not seen before. Combined with refined gameplay, jaw-dropping visuals, and a fresh twist on competitive gaming with our new online multiplayer mode, I guarantee that God of War: Ascension will give fans what they have been eagerly waiting for, and much more.”

Ascension‘s multiplayer can be played online or offline with up to eight players (four-on-four team battles). It will offer a range of different modes and customizable warriors with a number of different weapons, armor, and other equipment. A few outlets went live with multiplayer previews today. Have your selection: Eurogamer, Game Informer, GamesRadar (gameplay footage included), IGN, Joystiq, Kotaku, USA Today.

Single-player features a variety of additions, including a revamped combat and weapon system, promptless mini-games, and new puzzle challenges.

God of War: Ascension has yet to be dated. View screenshots of the game’s multiplayer mode at the gallery. At 8 a.m. Pacific / 11 a.m. Eastern, check back at the stream below for the live multiplayer announcement from Santa Monica Studio.

  • FinalFantasy_fangirl

    Wow another pushed into multiplayer…. Not all games need it what people can’t handle playing by themselves.

    • xMCXx

      @FinalFantasy_fangirl:
      I don’t like that idea, either.
      But, think about it: An allout multiplayer battle with the fighting system of God of War? Sounds awesome, at least.

  • http://chaosraiden.blogspot.com/ Chaos Raiden

    I’m quite worried that the multiplayer of God of War: Ascension will sucks. Nonetheless, I will still buy the game for it’s singleplayer mode itself.

  • FearMonkey

    *sigh* Another series that didn’t need multiplayer.

    Oh well, still gonna get it for the single-player at least.

  • RoboShinKen

    I don’t see why people are complaining.

    If you like the single-player experience of God Of War … it’ll still be there.

    Just now, they are starting to see that we live in 2012 and they wanna advance with the times.

    Multiplayer games are the way of the future.

    Sure, if you like the singleplayer aspect of games then, it’ll always be there as an option but, in this day and age every game should have an option to play with a friend online.

    I know i don’t pay internet and connect to the PSN/XBL JUST to play single-player games.

    • Kobracon

      @RoboShinKen: Well…the thing is, this is development time spent tweaking the multiplayer that COULD have been spent refining an amazing Single Player experience that GoW is known for. There is cause for concern because they might not strike the right balance and end up with a lackluster/short single player and mediocre multiplayer or it could all go to Hades.

    • http://www.gamesreflexoes.blogspot.com mateuspradosousa

      @RoboShinKen: perfect man, perfect! if you don’t like, don’t play, the game will have its online public, and they don’t will pay attention to the haters…with many hate, MW3 has sold almost 30 millions copies until now!!

  • Kobracon

    ‘Revamped Combat”? Am I the only one worried about this? All the GoWs had the same combat system and thats coz it WORKED. It was fun to use, responsive and feels good to master. Why fix what ain’t broke?

    • Rafi

      @Kobracon:
      “Why fix what ain’t broke ?”
      That’s why COD are being hated.

      • Kobracon

        @Rafi: Well….glad I never liked CoD to begin with XD

      • http://www.gamesreflexoes.blogspot.com mateuspradosousa

        @Rafi: “hated with 30 million copies sold on each new episode…ok!! I wanna be hated too!!

  • LordKaiser

    Milking the series now? I think GoW should had ended with 3.

  • KingOptimus111

    Beast !!!!!!

  • kiri25

    I’m at a lost as to why ppl are complaining about the multiplayer as well.
    This is one of Sony’s major franchise so that fact that ppl think the single player experience will be affected by this is rather odd.

    I think the main reason why ppl might be complaining tho is because they fear change? The whole “why fix what’s not broken” is stupid to me becuase with time it will become boring if some sorta of change is not made, plus the same comment can prevents new ideas.

    I personally believe the new multiplayer could add a breath of fresh air to the GoW series.

    • Kobracon

      @kiri25: The ‘Why fix what’s not broken’ was aimed at the ‘revamped combat’ not the multiplayer. Indeed Uncharted was an exception but are there other examples? Personally it is more concern than complaining. I would gladly accept the multiplayer if the single player is still as long and awesome as the past GoW games.

      Mass Effect 3′s multiplayer is great (or so I hear) but sometimes I wonder if the whole ending controversy could have been avoided if there was no multiplayer at all and the entire team was behind the game.

  • KingKelloggTheWaffleHaggler

    Looks interesting,And I seriously doubt singleplayer will suffer.Remember people said the same thing about Uncharted 2,and look how that turned out

  • DjangoRaijin

    Why would you complain about a company as whoop ass as Sony Santa Monica doing anything to a series as whoop ass as god of war. I’m not worried in the least ssm has proven time and again that they know what they’re doing and that they’re damn good at it.

  • captainhowdy

    Sony forced Santa Monica studios to add multiplayer for the online pass.

    This game looks amazing though.