The God of War is returning, but with a couple of big twists. Kratos will be the star of the story once again, but as he's all but reached his ending with God of War 3, this fourth console installment int he series will go back to his beginning. God of War: Ascension will tell Kratos's story as he rose to become Ares's avatar of war. But don't just plan on sitting for six hours hacking and slashing your way through scores of foes alone; this time, you'll want to bring some friends. God of War: Ascension has multiplayer.
With new 4 versus 4 multiplayer (plus some other modes that haven't yet been announced), a team of player-created Spartans will take on a team of player-created Trojans – none of the players in MP will be Kratos – in a brawl that includes everything you already know and love from the God of War franchise, melee, chain attacks, magic, traps, and yes, even giant boss monsters that can be battled in the middle of a multiplayer match. Throughout the match, the god you choose to align with out of the four possibilities will award you with new weapons, armor, and abilities depending on your play. You will also be able to unlock upgrades throughout. Not much else was revealed in the initial announcement of multiplayer, merely that it is part of the game, and that at least five large maps are planned. The multiplayer will be both online and offline.MP Screenshot As for the single player story, it takes place a mere six months after he was tricked into killing his wife and child. This younger version of Kratos is a skilled warrior, but not as seasoned, and is just at the very beginning of his quest for revenge against the god of war. Dual chained blades, puzzle solving, and massive boss battles are all present, rest assured.
"The bar has been set quite high for this franchise as each God of War title succeeds in being better than the last," said Todd Papy, Game Director, God of War: Ascension, SCE WWS Santa Monica Studio in a press release. "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."