The new God of War has been revealed and although we have no gameplay just yet, we're totally pumped…Kratos is back!

The trailer below is for God of War: Ascension , which appears to be a prequel to all five GoW titles that have hit the market. In the video, the familiar voice of Titan Gaia explains that we'll be looking at a time in Kratos' life before the rage consumed him. Kratos "would break is blood oath to an unjust God" and "no longer be bound in blood."

Now, it seems the game was on Amazon but may have just recently been taken down again, likely so Sony can officially announce the game (probably in only a few hours time). But meanwhile, we get this hot teaser trailer and, as IGN noted from the Amazon description-

"Join Kratos as he seeks freedom, redemption, and the clarity to avenge his family in the most ambitious God of War adventure in the series so far."

Seems like that GameStop employee might've been right… Anyway, we can't wait to see and hear more!

Related Game(s): God of War: Ascension

Subscribe
Notify of
59 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Palpatations911
Palpatations911
9 years ago

GOW: ASCENSION!!!!! *head explodes*

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

I'm surprised, too. A prequel, again? While this certainly would be the first prequel on the ps3, I wouldn't be surprised if it takes place over multiple time periods. The ending of gowiii was quite literally a "cliff hanger".

Palpatations911
Palpatations911
9 years ago

I'm just jazzed because I hope we get to be human Kratos!

TheIllusiveMan
TheIllusiveMan
9 years ago

Now this is that Sony exclusive I said they had up their sleeve. I knew it!

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

It's not out until next year.

inkme101
inkme101
9 years ago

@ jawknee, where does it say next year?

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Other sources. Plus God of War usually launches in march. I'll be pleasently surprised if it launches earlier. 🙂


Last edited by Jawknee on 4/19/2012 2:51:59 AM

Mog
Mog
9 years ago

Man I love GOW music.

Chamoru_Warrior
Chamoru_Warrior
9 years ago

k wait it's a prequel right? just wanna confirm because this article is tagged as "sequel" and even the summary says it's "evidently a sequel" but then the rest is referring to it as a prequel. I'm assuming prequel is correct because even the title suggests Kratos' rise to power.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

It's only tagged that way because it's a very likely search term.

Hynad
Hynad
9 years ago

Tagged for hits, huh?

It's "evidently" tagged as such, no less…

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Of course it's for hits. I hate to tell you this, but that's what tags are FOR.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

busted

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

I just hope there's no contradictions. I mean on the trailer he clearly has chains on his wrists and blades of some sort. May not be the blades of chaos, or Athena, etc… But Kratos didn't start wearing, rather bound by any chains on his wrists until he got involved with Ares. Also will we see Kratos without his white "ashes" on his body?

Well the story isn't entirely original as it sounds like the Kratos we know. But it is quite clever for a prequel. Can't wait! Love Kratos! There is and should never be a GoW with out him!

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

I was concerned about contradictions too. With all these prequels we have, I hope it feels new and like something that we havent experienced yet, story wise.

Hoagie324
Hoagie324
9 years ago

@Palpations911, yep, same here. [Head Explodes!]

I was really hoping for another one after I beat God of War III, now I'm pumped for yet another game. It stinks that it won't be out until next year. Some interesting story elements will show up in this one. I don't know if gameplay will remain identical because of the story this time around. Hoping to see some gameplay soon, and maybe get a release date… I'm thinking E3.

MyWorstNightmar
MyWorstNightmar
9 years ago

Well it would be hard to imagine playing as Kratos without his chains. While the story would be interesting I would imagine it would be dissapointing to play as a dumbed down Kratos.

inkme101
inkme101
9 years ago

i kinda feel like the title should be for a vita game! the console gow's have always been numbered lik gow I gow II gow III while the handheld itterations have always had a second name in the title like gow: chains of olympus, gow: ghost of sparta,………. gow: ascension????? but it did show the ps3 at the end so…..

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

I think when it releases the graphics alone will convince you it's a PS3 title. This game, comparing to GoW3, should have some of the most impressive visuals we will see out of this generation. Unless of
Course it's a PS4 launch title! 😉

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

What if this is a PS4 launch title?

MyWorstNightmar
MyWorstNightmar
9 years ago

Nope. It wouldn't be announced this soon if it were a PS4 launch title. Especially since it is God of War: Ascension and not GOW4. I could see that happening. GOW4 on PS4.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Prolly right. I'm not trying to predict anything, just fun to think about.

Mr_Sterg
Mr_Sterg
9 years ago

PS4 sales x10. Would be a smart move.

inkme101
inkme101
9 years ago

i think theyd announce the ps4 b4 they announce this as a launch title for that platform. although itd be a great franchise to have for the launch! i really want it to be a vita title. i hope its not gonna be some attempt at some multiplayer garbage!

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Obviously it most likely won't be. Buy how great would it be to have everyone exciter about an unannounced game then drop both pieces of information. That would be exciting.

SmokeyPSD
SmokeyPSD
9 years ago

Starting to just feel GOW is just there so Sony feels secure that a big name is there. Like Halo for Microsoft. There's no depth to hearing an installment is announced with this.

Kara is what turns my head now, not because of how wonderful it looked but the thought that went into it. It's not enough to dazzle me anymore.

Really feeling like most developers are marking time a bit currently. Heavy Rain came and then… Nothing really came out of that zenith yet. Hoping at least some development houses start taking some risks, forget the usual paths and actually create unique stories a bit more. That's not happening right now in gaming. Journey should be the tip of the spear with the current state of technology instead we have… COD…

xenris
xenris
9 years ago

Couldn't agree more. Thats why I keep my eyes peeled on my PC right now. Lots of unique and innovative indy games coming out on steam. I wish more devs would take some risks.

Although I am excited to play a new GoW as I haven't played a good action game in a while.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Cool trailer and all, but I really, REALLY wanted this to be Heavenly Sword. Words can scarcely express my disappointment.

Still, it's God of War, who am I kidding, it is going to be fricking ACE!

Naksy
Naksy
9 years ago

Hell Yes!! I bought my PS3 just to play GoW III as the GoW II ending was just amazing (and infuriating)!!

taus90
taus90
9 years ago

this will be million times better than Clash of the titans and wrath of the titans combined and I have a feeling that "the last of us" will be wearing that best graphic crown for very short period. Really looking forward to E3 and to see the last of us and this clash

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Umm, all the GoW titles were better than those movies. But regardless they are just that movies…

___________
___________
9 years ago

meh.
so disappointed its not heavenly sword 2!
this is EXACTLY whats wrong with this industry!
instead of getting something fresh, unique, and something we have not had for a while.
we get things weve had 2 minutes ago!
sigh.
again why i hate announcements of announcements, all it does is make people so excited so they can be massively disappointed!
case in point!

hope thats not all of the teaser trailer too because that was as vague as they get!
i mean $ony has NEVER been good at advertising their games, worst actually!
but even for their standards that was pretty poor!


Last edited by ___________ on 4/19/2012 5:43:17 AM

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

I daresay the advertising was quite brilliant. The pay-off was sh*t. They dropped a hint on Facebook and it took off virally with everyone being drawn in. It brought a lot of exposure in a very short time and that is, ultimately, what advertising is all about.

You can find the official release at the PS Blog, but this is all the trailer. More information promised for the 30th. And let's face it, with this announcement, there's no way that we'll be getting Heavenly Sword 2 until at least the end of 2014, if ever… That makes me very sad.

JackDillinger89
JackDillinger89
9 years ago

Dude heavenly sword 2? Are you kidding me?

___________
___________
9 years ago

thats not advertising a game, thats advertising a announcement!
and yes heavenly sword 2, what was wrong with wanting that?
heavenly sword is still one of the best new IPs released this gen!
im still yet to be amazed by a game as much as the last level on heavenly sword did!
my god, such a massive open level, and so many enemies!!!!!
it was a dam side better then GOW3 thats for sure!


Last edited by ___________ on 4/19/2012 10:06:12 AM

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Announcement or game, it's still advertising and it still did the job that it was designed to do: Get people talking about it.

raptassassin
raptassassin
9 years ago

Yes, Yes, Yes
Cant wait im gonna see if i can pre-order this when i pick up starhawk next month

sunspider13
sunspider13
9 years ago

It really is sweet that Linda Hunt (Gaia) is still narrating for the game. D1P. Right on, sho nuff.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Woo hoo! Another shot on PS3 at seeing a facsimile of next-gen graphics in March 2013 =)

xenris
xenris
9 years ago

I'm wondering what tale they are going to tell? Because ascension would seem like a term used for someone becoming a god or demi god. We have seen his climb to becoming the god of war already.

So would this be his climb through the spartan ranks to becoming a general? If so is the end boss going to be the barbarian king that owned his army?

Will this be before he becomes the ghost of sparta? Maybe thats what he is ascending towards? Also if its way before all of this then he wouldn't really be able to have the chains, so what weapon is he going to use as his main one, a sword/spear and shield? Is he going to have any access to magic?

So many questions!!!! But still really excited about it.

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

I have those same questions..I didn't believe we'd get a prequel but it's what we're getting. I'm like you, want to know more information b/c I personally felt we've had all the prequels and fillers for Kratos' history…

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Well it's happened, GOW is being milked. I'll wait to get it on the cheap.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 4/19/2012 11:49:46 AM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Yea it's being milked because they've released 3 on consoles, in 7 years. By the time 4 hits it'll be 8 years. Also it's a new storyline, I would say they were milking it if they tried to continue where 3 left off, considering they said that trilogy was over.

Don't let your bias for Dante cloud your judgement. The game will be worthy of your purchase.

Although I'm curious who Tod Papy is and why Stig isn't directing it?

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

C'mon world. Good games should see sequals. At least Sony isn't turning their franchises into annual releases. Big makes and excellent point. 4 console games in 8 years is not milking the teet.

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

I think World might be referencing the other 2 prequels on the PSP (that were later released on PS3)

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

There's been 5 solid games and Kratos' story has been told. When they pump out a prequel to a finished story (which can only end one way by the way) then I get suspicious. Now there's no room for the franchise to grow, it just paints itself into a corner and tacks an adventure onto a finished plot.

We already know what happens to Kratos, so inserting a plot just to make some more money is milking.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Hey that's fine, I just look at it differently. Kratos Story of revenge is told, in a trilogy. We really only seen a small portion of his life. Why can't there be more?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Because it's stale now, if we are just doing the same thing with Kratos as usual it might as well be an expansion pack.

I'll gladly eat my words if this prequel somehow opens the game up to incredible advancement but I don't see it happening. Do games always have to innovate? no, but franchises must or they become stale.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Personally, I'm not much for GoW's story(like most games). For me, it's all about how insane and over the top the theatrics can be.

So new Kratos or old Kratos or whatever Kratos, if it has me jumping on Titans and doing crazy insane crap it's worth my time. I can get reasonably into the gameplay, though it always feels a little too slow and a little too sluggish between attacks and some maneuvers. It needs a Japanese hand in there to get it the way I like it 😉

Gameplay wise, GoW just hasn't taken hold of me. Granted it shares genres like NG, Bayo, DMC, Castlevania etc., but like Jaffe put it, GoW was never designed to be a simulator like Bayonetta (even though, Bayonetta isn't simulating anything realistically.. but I get his point).

I come and play GoW to be wowed by it's fireworks and then move on.

I probably wont pay full price for this one, but I will aim for a rental come release day.

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

I think they're milking it because they want to release an actual GoWIV on PS4. Making that a launch title along with Uncharted 4 would be an awesome lineup for a new console and easily get some units sold.

So I suspect this is just a game they figured they should make in between to pass the time. So yeah, they're milking it, but its not gonna be like this forever. Plus, the way they describe it, there might actually be some differences between this GoW and the others. Just gotta wait and see.