In only a few minutes time, there will be a live streaming Q&A concerning Sony's fantastic new PS3 exclusive, God of War: Ascension .
But we've also got the official press release from SCEA as well. Confirmed as a prequel, the new GoW will boast "epic cinematic storytelling, visceral battles, and blockbuster moments." We can also expect a few improvements, including a "revamped combat system and a brand new online multiplayer mode that combines the brutal gameplay and large-scale battles that God of War is known for to create a competitive experience like never before."
Said Sony Santa Monica Game Director Todd Papy:
"The bar has been set quite high for this franchise as each God of War title succeeds in being better than the last. 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."
So yes, for the first time ever in the franchise, multiplayer will be part of the package. It will feature up to 8 players and a variety of modes, along with customizable avatar warriors with a wide range of weapons and armor. Other interesting parts of the press release included the "promptless mini-games" along with "fluid, life-like characters" and "world-changing scenarios." "Epic" has never been a problem with GoW.
As for the story, Kratos must find a way to break the blood oath that binds him to Ares. After being tricked into killing his wife and child, Kratos is sentenced to a life of madness with the Furies, locked away in a gigantic prison for the living damned. Kratos must battle his own insanity and "mythology's darkest creatures," all the while solving "intricate puzzles," if he wishes to finally gain redemption. So prepare for quite the adventure!
Related Game(s): God of War: Ascension