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God of War: Ascension is Coming to PS3

Todd Papy's Avatar + Posted by Todd Papy on Apr 19, 2012 // Game Director, God of War: Ascension

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Hi everyone! I’m Todd Papy, the game director of the recently announced God of War: Ascension. As most of you were recently made aware, God of War: Ascension will be coming exclusively to PlayStation 3. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to check out what the team at Sony Santa Monica Studios has been working on, I’m excited to present you with our very first trailer. Watch it and let us know what you think in the comments!

I’m sure your mouth is watering for more, but unfortunately I have to leave you with that for now. Be sure to tune in to PlayStation.Blog and God of War: Ascension on Facebook on Monday, April 30th at 8am Pacific Time for a live streaming event that will give you a glimpse of what’s in store for God of War: Ascension. I’ll also be answering your questions about the game, so follow @PlayStation on Twitter and Tweet us your best questions by 3pm Pacific Time this Friday — be sure to include #godofwarascension in your Tweet so we can find it (we’re expecting a lot of questions!) If we pick your question to ask during the show, we’ll even send you a signed God of War: Ascension poster.

Thanks and see you on April 30th! There is much more to come.

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+ Kurizamiru on April 19th, 2012 at 5:25 am said:

Looks like its going to be another epic. can’t wait for this.


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+ tazmania91 on April 19th, 2012 at 5:39 am said:

Awesome ! You’re the best SCE Santa Monica Studio !


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+ Scaramanga1983 on April 19th, 2012 at 5:43 am said:

I would really like to see a God of War side scrolling game for PSN.


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+ holoband on April 19th, 2012 at 5:44 am said:

Just like we expected from that Facebook tease, a new God of War game on PS3!
makes me wish to play some GOW now, damn I hate travelling !


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+ StealthBlade98 on April 19th, 2012 at 5:53 am said:

@41 there’s no need for kratos to continue on after god of war 3 cause he has already killed the main gods and exacted his revenge then stabbed himself with the blade of olympus to free the power of hope from him to give to the world. Why would kratos want to live after that? don’t you think he wants to rest and see his family again

This is a prequel because during the trailer it talks about kratos during Ares servitude so naturally it’s a prequel to chains of olympus before he obtained possibly the blades of chaos.


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+ Ragdoll72 on April 19th, 2012 at 5:57 am said:

So it was confirmed by sony after the trailer leaked on Amazon.com that this is a prequel that will bring us back to the origin of Kratos.

Either way I am a little mad at this, love the idea of a new GOW game, but the prequels are usually on the handheld, and the Vita really needs some help, it’s flopping.


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+ Berae on April 19th, 2012 at 6:00 am said:

The video is awesome! I just wish there was some game play :) Cant wait for new infos!


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+ ImprisonedTitan on April 19th, 2012 at 6:06 am said:

HOLY MOTHER OF ZEUS!!!!
I’ve been craving for a GoW game ever since III ended. I’ll be sure to replay all the HD collections before getting this.


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+ kratos1984 on April 19th, 2012 at 6:11 am said:

can’t wait! is it officially coming out in 2013? hope it comes out this year.


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+ Netweb on April 19th, 2012 at 6:13 am said:

Kratos to save his daughter from spartan laws must find the immortality/heath elixir, Ambrosia.
The barbarian prince must find it too to save his sick father.
The gods will choose a human for their champion, the trophy is Ambrosia too

In the teaser, when 3 people comes out, they would be Pothia, Danaus e Cereyon?


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+ TomatoDragon on April 19th, 2012 at 6:14 am said:

Awesome! Can’t wait to see what’s in the next installment.


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+ acwey on April 19th, 2012 at 6:19 am said:

Where are the so promised Cross-platform games? We don’t need another pinball or pool game.
Just give us God of War 4, Twisted Metal 4, Journey. All the big exclusives.

Or is the Vita not capable?


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+ D-Squad3 on April 19th, 2012 at 6:22 am said:

Every God of War game has had a new director, pretty cool. Whatever happened to Stig Asmussen though? Is he still part of the team?


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+ onslaughtree on April 19th, 2012 at 6:22 am said:

This is great news. God Of War has been a staple of playstation gaming, from ps2 to ps3. Both consoles have brought out the best of kratos. Being that this will be at the tale end of the ps3 lifespan, I cant even imagine how the game and graphics will shine. SM studios, you guys have always been able to squeeze out the most in a playstation console and I know you will do it again. GOW3 is still one of my favorite Platinums, and I cant wait to play this next chapter in his story. Keep up the great work and as always, Keep On Gamin.


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+ mastorofpuppetz on April 19th, 2012 at 6:26 am said:

@31, God of WAR 3 was Not better then God of war 1 or 2… Great series that is in desperate need of innovation. Time to innovate the hack and slash genre, the same gameplay and 8-10 hours of content wont do for God of War 4. I heard this will have online. An Online arena where you can fight people using different gods would be fun. God of war 3 was good, but never had the same sense of wonder that 1 and 2 had, all it had was better graphics. God of war needs some innovation.


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+ FORMIK on April 19th, 2012 at 6:30 am said:

Great news! I happen to like prequels, if that’s what this is, as we get to learn more about the characters. Not everything has to end in the number three, people.

Now let’s get God of War 3 as a digital release, and some PSN avatars – Kratos AND other characters – during the hype building!


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+ rumrum07 on April 19th, 2012 at 6:32 am said:

its god of war 4 ,open god of war.com and u will see god of war 4 ascension on the tab, i think since he(kratos) can control time he will travel back to the time when his family was alive.


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+ mastorofpuppetz on April 19th, 2012 at 6:34 am said:

@53 there are way more gods… maybe learn some history. Then you have titans and other forces they could easily introduce.


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+ MP_is_for_Chumps on April 19th, 2012 at 6:54 am said:

Ascension will make Uncharted 3 look like a wii game :)


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+ MP_is_for_Chumps on April 19th, 2012 at 6:58 am said:

@-D-squared

I heard that Stig and most of the GoW3 team are working on a new IP :)


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+ cloneofdan on April 19th, 2012 at 7:00 am said:

Very, very disappointing. I was looking forward to seeing how the writers could continue Kratos’ story after his sacrifice in the epic GoW III, and how Athena’s new motives would tie in….but no. A prequel.

It’s so painfully unambitious and backward-looking; who cares? We’ve already had two prequels- and, by their very nature, they felt rather narrow.

I’ll buy this one used in a couple of years when it hits £10…maybe.


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+ twistedfloyd on April 19th, 2012 at 7:03 am said:

I just don’t understand what else there is to tell about Kratos. His story seems pretty wrapped up for me. I will probably get this since I’m a GOW fan, but I need further justification as to why yourself and the rest of the talented team at Santa Monica want to make another GOW prequel when pretty much every question has been answered. To continue to go back doesn’t really do anything for me personally as COO and Ghost of Sparta did such excellent jobs at filling in the gap before GOW and before GOW II respectively.


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+ NeonBlade on April 19th, 2012 at 7:09 am said:

This is absolutely spineless. I was hoping for a either a brand new I.P, maybe a Heavenly Sword 2. If this “had” to be a God of War game I was optimistic it would be a new protagonist or either a new mythology. Announcing this is as embarrassing as announcing Halo 4. Creativity is at its lowest at Santa Monica and all should be ashamed.


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+ mastorofpuppetz on April 19th, 2012 at 7:24 am said:

@73 a bit early t say that isn’t it unless you played the game? Talk about ignorant, this is one of sony’s biggest selling franchises, as a business they would be stupid not to keep making what the fans want….. As for creativity, how do you know what it will be like? Did you play it?


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+ SarshelYam on April 19th, 2012 at 7:27 am said:

@73 Aw…somebody wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? Take a break, have a cup of coffee…replenish that reason you left under the covers, and come back when you can carry a conversation that doesn’t include insulting a game you know little of.

To assume this is a cash-in or lazy simply because it features Kratos, and to imply that Santa Monica isn’t creative and should be ashamed? Wow man, get off your high horse.

There is still plenty of story left within Kratos. I’ve always wondered how his servitude to Ares was spent outside of the storyline references which were, arguably, vague.


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+ chaindrive30 on April 19th, 2012 at 7:37 am said:

This is good for sony GoW means sales and it’s good for us GoW fans I don’t care that it is a prequel especially if it show a more human side of Kratos. I always wanted to have more Kratos before he became the Ghost of Sparta anyway. Can’t wait for more to be revealed!!!


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+ MP_is_for_Chumps on April 19th, 2012 at 7:44 am said:

trolls are up early today i see


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+ ACE420PATRIOT on April 19th, 2012 at 7:48 am said:

hey is anyone having problem on home at the new club( points keep going back to 0 ? )


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+ cloneofdan on April 19th, 2012 at 7:58 am said:

Kratos’ story, pre- Chains of Olympus:

-Became youngest captain in Spartan army. lead the Spartans to many conquests.
-Lost a great battle against a barbarian horde. Willingly became a servant to Ares, God of War.
-Butchered and slaughtered in Ares’ name, eventually tricked into murdering his family. Immediately known as Ghost of Sparta. Swears revenge on Ares.

There is zero room for any meaningful storytelling. What we need to know, God of War 1 already gave us in cutscenes. Any attempt to expand the story becomes a dead weight, because a) we know the outcome already, and b) it just DOESN’T MOVE the story forward.

Creatively, this is very poor.


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+ Hooligantuan on April 19th, 2012 at 8:03 am said:

Bluh, more God of War already? Get some new ideas and run with those. God of War is so old and tired.

Kratos is a Mary Sue in some weak mythological fan-fiction. Give it a rest.


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+ yellowjacket486 on April 19th, 2012 at 8:03 am said:

When is it coming out?


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+ MarkakaJin on April 19th, 2012 at 8:07 am said:

Please, don’t put multiplayer.


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+ mastorofpuppetz on April 19th, 2012 at 8:20 am said:

@82 why not? It needs more then 8 hour SP. MP wont have to effect SP, and is really needed for replay value these days.


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+ SarshelYam on April 19th, 2012 at 8:20 am said:

@79 …because apparently the line that divides point 2 & 3 is narrow/thin. You simply have no context on how long Kratos was in Ares service before the slaughter of his family. How many battles occurred? People keep pointing to this 10 year cycle that was noted at the END of GoW1, but the reality is those were 10 years in his service following the slaughter of his family, not before.


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+ Nesroa on April 19th, 2012 at 8:21 am said:

Aha! Now we know what game Will Santiago (Winner of the Tester 3) is working on. To bad it isn’t for the VITA though.


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+ cloneofdan on April 19th, 2012 at 8:34 am said:

@ SarshelYam

No, I don’t know how long he served Ares for, but he doesn’t look markedly older in each cutscene, and nothing implies he was in service to Ares for a great many years. We know *what* he did- murdered, slaughtered, butchered, all in his masters’ name. HOWEVER, this is my main point:

The trailer seems to show, that this game reveals something that convinced Kratos to beak his blood oath to Ares at some point. Well….so what? We already KNOW what happens. Kratos ends up back in Ares’ service, and murders his family.

You could NOT make this story, and there would be no loss whatsoever to the overall storyline. Compare that to, say, the removal of God of War II from the storyline.

This is the true curse of the prequel: they make no difference whatsoever, because what is revealed is unimportant enough to matter. Everything has to be neatly reset to tie in with the established games.


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+ MarinoBrea on April 19th, 2012 at 8:38 am said:

@cloneofdan

My thought exactly. I’m really hoping for some ace under the sleeve kind of thing here…


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+ ultimatepunchrod on April 19th, 2012 at 8:40 am said:

My guess based on the teaser is that the game is a flashback while Kratos is being tortured for…any number of bad things that he has done, then at the end of the game, he breaks out and goes crazy on his captors. That’s probably not accurate, but that’s how I interpreted the trailer.


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+ MarinoBrea on April 19th, 2012 at 8:42 am said:

I will give them the benefit of the doubt until I know for sure. I just can’t believe they would follow up God of War III with a creatively-deprived lame filler story.


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+ LJS1678 on April 19th, 2012 at 8:45 am said:

Wonderful news Sony, would it be possible to bring Betrayal too to PS3 that way i could have the complete God Of War experience without having to play the game on a mobile device.


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+ ROLO_ONFIRE on April 19th, 2012 at 8:46 am said:

As much as I love GOW I don’t want another prequel, I’m playing through Ghost of Sparta and, even though is a good game, I’m tired of beggining GOW prequels with just 2 or 3 combos and nothing more (not even 1 damn magic), it doesn’t even make sense when you start GOW2 with many more stuff from GOW1 and Ghost of Sparta is supposed to be between those 2 games. I’d rather have GOW4 on PS3 or have Ascension as a Vita exclusive. BUT I’m still going to definitely buy this game , I’m just not very excited right now


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+ SarshelYam on April 19th, 2012 at 8:49 am said:

@cloneofdan well on the same coin, wouldn’t it also be foolish to think that the team hasn’t considered this? Do you honestly think they aren’t looking at the story as it exists, and looking to add relevancy where it can? You outline it in such a black & white manner in the respect that we already know what happens with X & Z, so Y really doesn’t matter.

You claim we have all the pieces to make the story complete, but we really don’t need to consider any of the elements we’re familiar with so far. Heck, God of War Ghost of Sparta worked on the premise that his brother was once mentioned, and that sole piece of information would serve as the basis for one of the most exciting and profound entries in the series.

Why can’t you reserve your pessimism until we know something more than what an intentionally ambiguous teaser offers?


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+ MarinoBrea on April 19th, 2012 at 8:59 am said:

@SarshelYam

Ghost of Sparta profound? if anything that game made me realize there’s nothing else to tell or do as Kratos!


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+ MP_is_for_Chumps on April 19th, 2012 at 8:59 am said:

@ mastorofpuppetz

1) the time spent wasted on a lame tacked-on MP could be spent improving or lengthening the story.
2) multi ALWAYS effects SP given the limited time & resources required for PS3 development.
3) for replay value, New Game+, Unlocks, Sidequests, Challenges, Secrets, Leveling, UGC.
4) I’ll also take sony adding some RPG elements over idiotic MP any day of the week.
5) Ninja Gaiden Sigma 3.


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+ MP_is_for_Chumps on April 19th, 2012 at 9:01 am said:

* Ninja Giaden 3


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+ PainOfSarrow on April 19th, 2012 at 9:08 am said:

NeonBlade dont be foolish, barbie adventures may suit you well. … on to topic. i cant even explain how EXCITED i am for this. one of the besttt series of ALL TIME. every god of war game was amazing. this will be no different. day 1 purchase.


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+ cloneofdan on April 19th, 2012 at 9:09 am said:

@ SarchelYam

You have more faith in “teams” than I do. Development teams never make mistakes? Never make the wrong choice story-wise? If that’s so, how come “Tomb Raider” has been rebooted TWICE?

We DO already know what happens with X, Y, and Z. Anything else is just filling in detail that’s not very important, or like I said, doesn’t move the story FORWARD. It’s all retread.

You make a good case mentioning Ghost of Sparta, as it does offer something fresh- though your point is undone by this statement you make straight afterwards: “and that sole piece of information would serve as the basis for one of the most exciting and profound entries in the series.”

How “profound” was it really? The reset button was hit, to tie in with God of War II, and Deimos promptly died. Apart from literally four very oblique references in God of War III, Deimos has had no impact on the story at all. Kratos doesn’t even mention him once in dialogue whilst chewing the scenery with Zeus!

My pessimism, as you all it, is because prequels rarely offer anything new and are inherently backwards-looking. How creative is that?


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+ SarshelYam on April 19th, 2012 at 9:12 am said:

@MarinoBrea, I’m speaking to the shift in things being glorified and over-the-top, while GoS was far more initimate in both its objective and storytelling.


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+ echogridlock on April 19th, 2012 at 9:12 am said:

Burned out on GOW. I going to pass on this one.


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+ Rosco-7 on April 19th, 2012 at 9:15 am said:

A new God of War has been on the cars for some time now and i’ll be entirely honest when i first heard that it was going to be a prequel today i was slightly disappointed but having taking everything into account I think the boys over at SCE Santa Monica are simply offering us another sample of the GoW franchise before we see the series debut on PS4. I think PS4 would be perfect to continue Kratos story on especially given how GoW3 left things.


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