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God of War: Ascension – Multiplayer Announcement Live From Santa Monica Studio

Todd Papy's Avatar + Posted by Todd Papy on Apr 30, 2012 // Game Director, God of War: Ascension

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Hello PlayStation fans! As I mentioned on the 19th, at 8 AM PDT (11 AM EDT) today we’ll be streaming live from Santa Monica Studios, where our team is busy building the next evolution in the franchise. I will be talking with Mr. PlayStation Blog himself, Jeff Rubenstein, about God of War: Ascension and my past experience with the franchise. And of course I will be answering some of the questions from fans on Twitter. As promised, if we read your question live on air, we’ll be reaching out to you (via @PlayStation) so we can send you a signed God of War: Ascension poster.

But wait, there’s more! During our live broadcast, I’ll be sharing the scoop with Jeff, and of course all of you, about our brutal new multiplayer mode. Yes, that’s right. God of War: Ascension will feature a ground-breaking new online multiplayer mode. We wouldn’t do multiplayer in God of War unless we knew we could do it right. That’s why I’m extremely excited to finally be able to talk publicly about it and share all the gory details with you live. I even have some exclusive gameplay footage to share with you, so be sure to tune in to see it all live.

And if you missed our announcement on the 19th, be sure to check out the announce trailer and initial game details here before the show starts. Stay tuned because we go live at 8 AM Pacific!

Let us know what you’re looking forward to most in God of War: Ascension, and what you think of the new multiplayer mode!

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145 Comments

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+ Ares84 on April 30th, 2012 at 8:36 am said:

I was really excited when I heard that there will be a new God of War game coming out but I’m a bit disappointed by the fact that you guys focusing on MP this much. Not every game needs to have MP to be great and GoW is one of those games.

MP should be an afterthought .

I would like to know, when will we see some single-player gameplay and something regarding the story??


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+ Ares84 on April 30th, 2012 at 8:39 am said:

I forgot to ask, why did you guys decided that MP will be a good idea for this game?? Love to see, your response.


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+ StealthReborn– on April 30th, 2012 at 8:42 am said:

Hmm…would it be possible to release that theme on the PS store that they were using during the interview? Looks awesome!


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+ QCVic on April 30th, 2012 at 8:49 am said:

Okay so there’s multiplayer…and I get that you want to see that, but lets see some of that single player action.


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+ QCVic on April 30th, 2012 at 8:51 am said:

So far I’m not to interested in the multiplayer, but a beta is needed for a big move like this.


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+ GIRUGUMESH on April 30th, 2012 at 8:53 am said:

I wont lie, why multiplayer? Personally the idea that this is in here cheapens the idea of GOW.
Too many games fall victime to ‘must have multiplayer’, it’s killing the entire experience of the great singleplayer that the series is known for.

I dunno, other then replay/money, of all the other features that could have been put in , why MP?


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+ T3DV0L70L1N4 on April 30th, 2012 at 8:57 am said:

No comment on Vita integration? That’s really disappointing. PS Vita really needs God of War in order to gain momentum!

Also, you guys need to adjust the live streaming settings. I’m on a super fast connection at work, and the video constantly dropped out.


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+ wolverine81 on April 30th, 2012 at 8:59 am said:

I gotta agree with most of the others here that it doesn’t make any sense to have MP in this game. I don’t understand why every developer thinks MP will make there game better.


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+ Tremulan777 on April 30th, 2012 at 9:00 am said:

man i have to admit gow muiltiplayer looks amazing…


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+ blakseed on April 30th, 2012 at 9:04 am said:

MP sounds interesting in a GOW title. Can’y wait to see what you guys do with it!


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+ HitMan00 on April 30th, 2012 at 9:10 am said:

my question is, in the multiplayer will we be able to use the same blades as kratos.


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+ InternatlGamer1 on April 30th, 2012 at 9:14 am said:

I’ve been a longtime fan of God of War since the 1st game on PS2. How are you going to Innovate this upcoming title. I’d love to see some Innovation. Thanx!


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+ JoeTheBeast16 on April 30th, 2012 at 9:18 am said:

I missed the live stream….
Anyone know where I can find a replay of it?!


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+ MarinoBrea on April 30th, 2012 at 9:19 am said:

YEAH most people put it down after the 1st playthrough, but they got the playthrough they were expecting and paid for, and many of those people pick it up later and finish it 2 or 3 times more because they love to relive that experience. Why would tacking on a MP mode do? It’ll keep some people playing for a while longer, but if you hurt the single player because of it, LESS people will buy the NEXT GOW games. The MP WON’T extend the life of a story-driven game anyway, you just have to look at Uncharted (and that’s a shooter!!) and see that MP is quite solid but it’s not like people rush to the stores to buy it becasue of it, and still after two games with MP the online community is not that big (again, it’s a shooter!), so what can you expect of GOW? some Ninja Gaiden kind of online activity and that’ll be it, and if you deliver a lame single player you can BET a lot of disappointed fans will skip the next one and you can also bet no one will be making lines to play the next’s game for its MP!


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+ wolverine81 on April 30th, 2012 at 9:22 am said:

@MarinoBrea

I completely agree.


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+ mastorofpuppetz on April 30th, 2012 at 9:25 am said:

Talk about ignorance, they have NOT come out and said the SP will be shorter, in fact they said SP WONT be effected in anyway. What exactly is wrong with adding co-op ? It makes no sense I mean ddi MP hurt uncharted? Assassins Creeed? Get real if you thin SSM will slack on SP. Co-op against gods with friends = epic./


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+ mastorofpuppetz on April 30th, 2012 at 9:26 am said:

@ 8, that is a flat out lie…… they have not said SP will be shorter, talk about chicken littles.


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+ mastorofpuppetz on April 30th, 2012 at 9:28 am said:

@27 there is still a FULL SP game there, how is adding an optional MP mode dilute the experience? You dont even make sense. Adding MP only adds to the experience.


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+ mastorofpuppetz on April 30th, 2012 at 9:29 am said:

@47, thats is still all true, its not rocket science there is still an epic SP advventure, no one is forcing you to play MP, but I cannot see why playing with a friend on a co-op mode would ever be seen as a bad thing. The PS fanbase is behind the times.


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+ mastorofpuppetz on April 30th, 2012 at 9:30 am said:

I ash again, how did MP effect Uncharted? Assassions Creed? it only added more value, content to those games. have some faith in SSM, they have never made a bad game.


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+ xsonarisx on April 30th, 2012 at 9:33 am said:

CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!! Multiplayer looks godly! :)


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+ mastorofpuppetz on April 30th, 2012 at 9:41 am said:

Developers cannot win, if they don’t add MP, which looks great and should be fun BTW, people say game is not worth 60 bucks and many will rent and it will get criticized for not adding anything new. The Hack and Slash genre needs some innovation and this is the best way to do it.

If they add it the close minded minions whine saying the game is ruined when it wont have any effect on the SP adventure.

I’d hate to be a dev in todays whiney gaming world.


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+ hanyPS on April 30th, 2012 at 9:41 am said:

why don’t Sony wait till E3 to announce such amazing news like this one :D


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+ KidCommando on April 30th, 2012 at 9:56 am said:

The multiplayer looks BRUTAL!

Day 1 for sure

Now, deciding what God I should pledge my allegiance to? That will be tough.


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+ Hooligantuan on April 30th, 2012 at 10:02 am said:

God of War is idiot mythology fanfic. Kratos is a Mary Sue.

The world would do well with less of this crap.


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+ luvtoseek on April 30th, 2012 at 10:08 am said:

The GOW games have some amazing graphics & the gameplay & the controls are very good. It has spawned 5x games on 3 different platforms. That says alot about the dev & how they continue to push the series to new heights.

Go for co-op/MP. Be progressive. I highly doubt the SP will suffer… generally everyone will have their list of GOW favorites but most will agree that they are great experiences across the board. This title will be no different.

Not wanting something or downgrading something that you are NOT forced to take part in (the MP) is really immature, people.


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+ luvtoseek on April 30th, 2012 at 10:10 am said:

@74, I’ll like to know what games you enjoy so I can make some creative comparisons like you just did.


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+ mastorofpuppetz on April 30th, 2012 at 10:11 am said:

@74 please tell me your joking, for your sake.


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+ mastorofpuppetz on April 30th, 2012 at 10:11 am said:

@74 Maybe the world could use less of stuck up pretentious people.


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+ Saduhem on April 30th, 2012 at 10:11 am said:

I missed the whole show… Had to be streamed during my zoology lab :(

Does anyone know if there is anywhere else I can watch it?


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+ F4r0_Atak on April 30th, 2012 at 10:12 am said:

If this game does happen before Chains of Olympus, I would like to know what happened with Morpheus? Since he was the god of the dream realm and illusions, and yet the only god still alive for as far as I know.


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+ blakseed on April 30th, 2012 at 10:23 am said:

Ok I’m pretty excited about the MP mode. A first for GoW, so lets do this ish right!


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+ MachineKing1 on April 30th, 2012 at 10:29 am said:

I have mixed feelings for multiplayer


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+ FonFahbre on April 30th, 2012 at 10:31 am said:

As long as Single Player is just as great as all the other God of War games then I don’t mind. Although this looks like Powerstones kind of gameplay so I’m looking forward to playing it!.


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+ NeonReaver on April 30th, 2012 at 10:31 am said:

This GOW is so not needed. It’s just being put out for milking purposes. This series needs mulitplayer like Bioshock and Assassin’s Creed did and it will probably turn out like those games did.


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+ MrPokute on April 30th, 2012 at 10:35 am said:

Hopefully story mode is not short and has sick bosses


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+ villaintine on April 30th, 2012 at 10:41 am said:

I would have preferred a co-op survival mode, but this looks interesting. Is it possible to at least enable bots in the MP mode, if a co-op mode is not forthcoming? This way, those of us looking for a co-op option could at least have a reasonable simulation with adjustable difficulty settings. Oh well, it’s refreshing to see a new take on the God of War series, we really enjoyed the co-op/MP in Uncharted and are looking forward to seeing more information about this title in the near future.


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+ lisatsunami on April 30th, 2012 at 10:42 am said:

@Mastorofpuppetz: I’m enjoying your posts today & heartily agree with #74, lol. You know you can check anybody’s trophies, right? And then come back here to ridicule them?

Gosh, E3 is going to be epic, if Sony is revealing this news so early.


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+ WastelandDan on April 30th, 2012 at 11:19 am said:

Developers will learn nothing in the comfort of our defense, but in the howls of our discontent!!!

QUIT babying the devs, they do not need NOR deserve it.

The’re OUR employee, without us, they are NOTHING.

This whole defend the devs mentality half the community is being lulled into is REALLY starting to rub me the wrong way.


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+ Einhander138 on April 30th, 2012 at 11:27 am said:

Pointless inclusion of multiplayer in a GOW game, just to be able to sell crappy DLC map packs?

Oh boy! That’s great!


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+ mastorofpuppetz on April 30th, 2012 at 11:27 am said:

@89, what are you smoking there is nothing to defend……………… Unless you played Ascension.


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+ KidCommando on April 30th, 2012 at 11:52 am said:

@90 hander138

The point is to increase the longevity of the game.

The point is to PLAY GoW with friends and not just talk about our single player adventures.

The point is to add more gameplay elements/modes into the GoW series, keeping it new.

The point is making something fun to play with others within the world of GoW.

Quit being so dim. The gameplay looks fresh and the elements appear to be well thought out for a multiplayer component of this type of game.


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+ MP_is_for_Chumps on April 30th, 2012 at 12:11 pm said:

@ WastelandDan

To be fair to the brainwashed, they don’t know any better. Instead of Metal Gear Solid 3, or Soul Reaver or Final Fantasy 7 as a base to form opinion, they have Call of Duty, on-disc paid for DLC and gamestop pre-order incentives as their point of reference.

Really, you should feel sorry for them. They’re being royally fleeced this gen, and they dont have a clue :/


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+ Airwalkinman17 on April 30th, 2012 at 12:15 pm said:

At first I was like how the heck are they gonna add multiplayer to GOW?

After seeing all the info, this is what I have gathered from it so far:

+ I am so glad they didn’t make it a two dimensional side scroller one vs. one fighter type MP.
+ I’m glad to see that they are trying to adding cooperative elements.
+ Like the fact that single player and multiplayer are seperate modes.
+ The multiplayer elements seem well thought out and not tacked. Like the fact that when you pick an allegiance you see your character develop in his servitude to the god of your choice.

Color me impressed. I was really only looking forward to the single player portion of GOW: Ascension, but I think I am going to appreciate the added modes. Day 1 buy for me.


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+ TomatoDragon on April 30th, 2012 at 12:19 pm said:

I’ve been watching all the vids with Papy explaining the mp, and GameTrailers just recently released lots of info with their time with the mp. The current game mode sounds like great fun. Having to bring the cylops to your side to take him out to win, while at the same time fighting the other team. Awesome! As long as the sp doesn’t suffer, which Papy made clear that it wasn’t going to. Can’t wait for more God of War.


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+ lobotomies4free on April 30th, 2012 at 12:34 pm said:

Am I the only one that kept having trouble with Ustream the whole time? I know I’m just one person but Youtube Live has never given me any trouble and I’d love to see your live stuff on there next time.

Game looks great though. Can’t wait to see more


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+ AJC3317 on April 30th, 2012 at 12:39 pm said:

multiplayer in god of war is such a bad idea. just keep the trophies away from that mess so i don’t have to play it


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+ tusunami on April 30th, 2012 at 12:46 pm said:

Shut the frontback door the gods have smiled upon thee this day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ Elvick_ on April 30th, 2012 at 12:48 pm said:

I don’t see the issue, it looks good to me. We don’t even know much about the single player, yet people are complaining. People did the same with ME3, and people seem fine with it now. Not like multiplayer was hard to design around that game. Uncharted 2 was the same thing. Yet it was better in every way to Drake’s Fortune.

Just wait people. Sheesh. The lack of females in this mode is stupid though. Then again, coming from a series that has lame sex minigames with multiple women with no shirts it’s not surprising. Where’s the factual gay sex scene anyway? It wasn’t uncommon. If you’re so worried about ‘exploring’ things that you’ve yet to do in God of War, then get over the “LOLBEWBZ” demographic.

That’d be something. This is why I was hoping there’d be a long break between the next God of War. Let them mature the series a bit. Shame.


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+ Welfare_Child on April 30th, 2012 at 12:55 pm said:

story first multiplayer don’t want it. here’s my answer to god of war multiplayer no and this is what should be-user generated content and challenge arena leader boards but i will keep an open mind. if any what you guys should do in multiplayer is to what skyrim has done with the leveling up system, human race and demons, also from skyrim weapon enchantments especially worshiping your god, size and weight of weapon should factor to abilities, no classes just all out flexibility, customization head to toe, ability to betray god to give it some story, and overall great game that won’t ruin the game.


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