God of War: Ascension detailed, has multiplayer

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.

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