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E3 2012: God of War: Ascension Unleashes on PS3 Next March

Todd Papy's Avatar + Posted by Todd Papy on Jun 04, 2012 // Game Director, God of War: Ascension

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God of War fans, our journey to Ascension begins now! We just showcased the worldwide premiere of our single-player experience for God of War: Ascension on the grandest E3 stage of them all – the PlayStation E3 press conference. The story behind God of War: Ascension tells the journey of Kratos’ redemption from his past sins and the rise of his rage to break free from Ares bond. Our team is excited to explore the tormented past and psyche of Kratos and showcase his journey with a bevy of signature gameplay features, combat advancements, and epic “bigger than life” moments. We’ve been tucked away working hard here at Sony Santa Monica, and we are super excited to inform you that God of War: Ascension will be unleashing on PS3 on March 12, 2013. We’ve got a long road ahead of us, but the whole team here at Sony Santa Monica Studios is dedicated to making this the biggest and best God of War yet. Be sure to follow our journey at www.godofwar.com. Now about that single-player demo…

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In the single-player demo we showed off some of our new gameplay mechanics and combat systems. We’ve evolved our combat system to be more immersive and powerful than ever with a new tether system allowing you to sling enemies around as a wrecking ball, while maintaining a blade attack at the same time, in the air and the ground. Our new world weapon system also allows Kratos to steal enemies’ weapons to use against them. Now you can now easily switch back and forth between the blades and sub-weapons mid combo.

Also, if you watched the demo closely, you’ll notice that we’ve replaced some of our QTE mini-game button prompts with a new prompt-less free-form system. While in the mini-game, you’ll need to focus when to attack or dodge based off of the enemies actions, instead of an indicated button prompt.

We also showcased our new Life Cycle mechanic. Kratos can use this new ability to control the flow of time on various objects in the environments to solve puzzles, and freeze enemies during combat. Watch the demo for a better illustration of this.

For those of you with 3D-compatible TVs, you’ll be able to feel up close and brutally personal with Kratos as God of War: Ascension is going with 3D. We are creating the game in an intelligent way for 3D and not just a converted experience.

You’ve heard us mention time and time again that single-player is the heart and soul of the God of War franchise. While we are excited to deliver a kick-ass multiplayer experience no one has ever seen before, we are devoting more time, effort and resources than ever into the single-player experience to ensure we exceed everyone’s expectations. Our team is committed to delivering yet another epic God of War experience to you.

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If you’re going to be amidst the E3 craziness, don’t leave the LA Convention Center without stopping by the Sony booth to check out God of War: Ascension. This will be the first time that anyone, press or otherwise, will be getting their hands on our multiplayer game. We’re pumped to get people’s first impressions and feedback.

If you want to catch a glimpse of God of War: Ascension throughout the week of E3, you can start by tune into SPIKE tonight at 8:00pm Pacific Time for an interview and peek at what fans can look forward to getting their hands on at the PlayStation booth. We will also be kicking off G4’s live E3 coverage on Tuesday at 1:00pm , and will be appearing in various LIVE shows on IGN, GameSpot, Machinima, the PlayStation.Blog, and of course collating every bit of God of War news at www.godofwar.com, throughout the week. We’ll have some more details to spill, so be sure to tune in and follow us.

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Last time around for God of War III, our Ultimate Collector’s Edition took our fans by storm, so we are pleased to announce a truly special Collector’s Edition again for God of War: Ascension. We know you’ve been asking for the ultimate collectible, a Kratos statue, that will be the prized 8” centerpiece of this edition. The CE is also jam-packed in a premium steel book game case, with the official game soundtrack (digital version), a PS3 dynamic theme and PSN avatar pack, double XP points for multiplayer (more on that later), and a DLC pass to unlock all future DLC releases at no additional cost. The team is working hard on a dedicated post-launch multiplayer experience, XP and DLC are going to be treasures you will want. Get started with the Collector’s Edition. You’ll be able to pick up the Collector’s Edition for just $79.99 on March 12 next year. We’ll have more information and pictures of the content in the near future, so hang tight.

The Collector’s Edition will be limited, so make sure you pre-order it early. We would hate for you to miss out on it! For pre-ordering either the standard or Collector’s Edition, you’ll be able to pick up our Mythological Heroes Multiplayer DLC Pack as well. This is a universal pre-order item, so you can pre-order at any participating retailer and get the DLC pack.

We’ve got a long E3 week ahead of us, but we always love reading what our fans worldwide have to say. Your passion is incomparable! We’re stoked to hear your feedback and comments, or just flat out excitement. Follow and tweet to me @ToddPapy or @SonySantaMonica for all the latest, and definitely hit up our website. The countdown to March 12th begins now!

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39 Comments

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+ NotoriousGamer on June 4th, 2012 at 7:38 pm said:

OMG god of war ascension single player looks super insane!!! looks better than god of war 3 even so no complains from me!! plus the multiplayer looks great!! Hey guys go ahead and put up the E3 god of war demo on the psn store right now and help playstation users out a bit!!!


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+ DaMann22 on June 4th, 2012 at 7:40 pm said:

Nice gameplay. HOW MANY BLOWS DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO THE CENTER OF AN ELEPHANTS HEAD? LETS FIND OUT!!!


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+ Heavenly_king on June 4th, 2012 at 7:41 pm said:

Amazing demonstration!! The game will rock!!


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+ Matrix_Lion on June 4th, 2012 at 7:52 pm said:

This was just violently beautiful.


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+ angelspawn77 on June 4th, 2012 at 7:58 pm said:

Loved it! Had my jaw on the floor the whole time!


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+ Mobius2525 on June 4th, 2012 at 8:04 pm said:

March need to come now!!!!!!


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+ Elvick_ on June 4th, 2012 at 8:09 pm said:

I think you’re setting a bad precedent by disabling comments on certain blog posts. I’ve never seen that before and I dislike it already.

@Topic; GoW:A looks great. Not really a surprise.


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+ luvtoseek on June 4th, 2012 at 8:25 pm said:

Some of the kills were so graphic- ohhh, Kratos is such a beast!


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+ PerezBros on June 4th, 2012 at 8:27 pm said:

Link to gameplay video anyone?


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+ BlaqMagiq24 on June 4th, 2012 at 8:29 pm said:

Kratos doing his thing. Killing anything that moves. I love it! Excited for this game!


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+ FJ1100_rider on June 4th, 2012 at 8:30 pm said:

half way through that demo I had already said to myself ” I am buying it ”
so cool , great fighting and brutal like god of war should be .

I loved the ability to use enemy weapons against them and pick up an enemy and use him to beat another , AWESOME !!


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+ FonFahbre on June 4th, 2012 at 8:51 pm said:

You guys always cut it right when it’s about to get really good!. Now I have to buy the game to find out how, Kratos deals with that Kraken. Great presentation!.


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+ angelspawn77 on June 4th, 2012 at 8:58 pm said:

@ PerezBros

Youtube is your friend :) I looked it up and found it immediately.


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+ PainOfSarrow on June 4th, 2012 at 9:23 pm said:

looked Amazinggg as always. will buy day one just like all the Restttt.


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+ Robbie_G_lrish on June 4th, 2012 at 9:54 pm said:

Combat looks faster and more fluid. When I saw Kratos use that green energy to rebuild that dock I was like “Whaaaat?”, then when he used it in combat to hold those guys in the air I was like “Whaaaaaaaat?”. There seemed to be a lot of emphasis on blocking in the past God Of War games but when I was watching the demo I didn’t really see any of that. I noticed a lot of dodging though, which is fine. I’m just wondering if you finally took dodging off of the right stick.


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+ blkshadow32 on June 4th, 2012 at 10:21 pm said:

I’m so excited about this game!! I have EVERY God of War game.


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+ FreshRevenge on June 4th, 2012 at 10:23 pm said:

I posted that I wanted a Kratos with my Collectors Edition on the forums a few days ago and I look today and waalaa . I am getting what I want! Thanks Todd Papy! Here check out my post on the forums! http://community.us.playstation.com/message/37748427#37748427


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+ Enigma777 on June 4th, 2012 at 10:41 pm said:

Day. One.


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+ FreshRevenge on June 4th, 2012 at 10:51 pm said:

I need to check Amazon for update on preorder, since I have to preorder the Collectors Edition. Oh that was Awesome!


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+ proud2be on June 4th, 2012 at 10:53 pm said:

DAY ONE ASWELL, TOOK ME BY STORM SONY.PRE ORDERING ASAP!CANT WAIT TO SEE WHAT OTHER STORES WILL HAVE FOR PRE ORDER BONUS. I KNOW SONY WILL MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN, CANT WAIT TILL BETA OR DEMO, AND THANKS FOR RELEASE DATE DURING MY BDAY TIME! LOOKING FORWARD SANTA MONICA DID GRRREAT!SO DID PAPI.


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+ proud2be on June 4th, 2012 at 10:58 pm said:

CANT WAIT TO SEE WHAT ALL THAT GREAT COLLECTORS Memorabilia WILL LOOK LIKE SOON.JUST WONDER WILL THAT STATUE BE HIGHLY ARTICULATE WITH A CERTIFICATE OF Authenticity.


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+ proud2be on June 4th, 2012 at 10:59 pm said:

CANT WAIT TO USE NEW AVATARS WITH NEW DYNAMIC THEME. JUST WONDERING THOUGH,SINCE ITS EARLY, WILL THERE BE MORE TO THIS COLLECTORS EDITION OR IS THIS WRAP IT UP?


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+ blkshadow32 on June 4th, 2012 at 11:06 pm said:

sucks that we have to wait almost another year to play it!!


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+ D-Squad3 on June 4th, 2012 at 11:20 pm said:

Thank you for the Collector’s Edition! I’ve been wanting a Kratos figurine forever!!!


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+ DarkOne_PR on June 5th, 2012 at 1:57 am said:

I never doubt of santa monica unlike some idiots here complaining about it having MP.


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+ Kchow23 on June 5th, 2012 at 2:24 am said:

The game looks great although I thought that the gameplay would’ve changed some more, but I like the changes so far and the graphics are amazing!


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+ LADYHAWK4redwxcv on June 5th, 2012 at 5:34 am said:

I am so happy I could cry! Kratos looks bad ass his new moves are killer and it looks like his new powers are going to add so much to the game play. I have so much love for Sony and Santa Monica Studios! Thank You to both. I can’t wait to play Kratos’s next adventure and kick ass on the new multiplayer GOW. :)


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+ TallCrowe on June 5th, 2012 at 11:19 am said:

I don’t know why a God of War game has multi-player.


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+ aero_oceana on June 5th, 2012 at 12:49 pm said:

First thing’s first. Watched the demo on Home with my boyfriend… we were on the phone watching it together and I started squealing like the fangirl that I am. It was WONDERFUL… everything I hoped for and more. I am soooo excited to play this game and am looking forward to seeing a playable demo for the public as well.

Now… I read this blog and I was soooo hoping for a Collector’s Edition… yay!! It sounds wonderful… and what a great price for all the extras that are added on too! This will look beautiful on my shelf with my other God of War items. :) Can’t wait for more avatars as well (although I love the one I am currently using and never change it).

Can’t wait for March 12th, 2013!!! Will be preordering the Collector’s Edition FOR SURE!! <3


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+ PBrudz on June 5th, 2012 at 12:57 pm said:

I have played every GoW game and am really looking forward to this one. The cinematic look is awesome!

One thing is bothering me about the E3 demo. I really hope they tone down the blood / gore. I realize pushing the limits or gore and guts is a hallmark of the series but the geysers of blood and splitting of cranium in the death of the elephant creature seemed to be a step to far from me. The blood looked a little campy and the gore a little grotesque.


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+ FreshRevenge on June 5th, 2012 at 2:35 pm said:

@30

sure ripping Helio’s head off wasn’t grotesque enough. The face smashing of Hercules wasn’t grotesque enough either. The chopping the legs off of Hermes isn’t grotesque enough.

The demo is great, go play with your barbie dolls!

You shouldn’t be playing the game if you think the Elephant’s head being split open with his brain showing and think it is too far?


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+ Chicano323 on June 5th, 2012 at 2:49 pm said:

@30

This nika is whining about the gore? I think u shoukd leave over to disney…oops i mean nintendo lol


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+ proud2be on June 5th, 2012 at 3:49 pm said:

@30 that isnt enought gore if ya ask me. :D


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+ yellowjacket486 on June 5th, 2012 at 6:27 pm said:

When will you be able to pre-order the Collector’s Edition?


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+ darkspectre on June 6th, 2012 at 2:32 am said:

“You’ve heard us mention time and time again that single-player is the heart and soul of the God of War franchise. While we are excited to deliver a kick-ass multiplayer experience no one has ever seen before, we are devoting more time, effort and resources than ever into the single-player experience to ensure we exceed everyone’s expectations.”

I’m so glad Todd Papy and the team at Sony Santa Monica recognize the strength of the God of War franchise. I appreciate the addition of multiplayer, but this particular franchise really doesn’t that.


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+ Barrndawg on June 7th, 2012 at 11:29 am said:

Looks amazing just like I expected!! Day one purchase for me as well!!

When is the demo gonna be on the playstation store!??!?!!?


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+ AdamMosh on June 8th, 2012 at 4:50 pm said:

please SONY Santa Monica we need this epic demo on PSN, God Of War Ascension was the best for me at E3.


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+ DeMoNiCJoKeR on June 16th, 2012 at 4:46 am said:

so again no mention for US release. why, why do u guys do that. why do u guys only do certain collectors edition for only a certain region. it should be world wide. i demand a collectors in the US as well


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+ Stikman322 on July 1st, 2012 at 8:52 pm said:

God of War has always been awesome, I got hooked from the very beginning. It has everything story, combat and ever since it was made on PS3, the best graphics out there. A true work of art. I know Santa Monica will continue to push and improve.

One thing I hope they really try to add to Kratos model in the new God of War Ascension is chains that hang from the end of his blades and that connecting to his forearms. That would be the icing on the cake.


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