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God of War Ascension Multiplayer Beta Begins Today for PlayStation Plus

Aaron Kaufman's Avatar + Posted by Aaron Kaufman on Jan 08, 2013 // Community Strategist, Santa Monica Studio

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Warriors of PlayStation Plus, our God of War development team here at Sony Santa Monica is proud to break open the arena gates to our God of War: Ascension Multiplayer Beta for you later this afternoon. What does this mean?

  • All PlayStation Plus members will be able to download the Beta software from PSN. If you have opted in for auto-download direct to your console, the Beta will be waiting for you later today on the XMB under the “Games” tab. Just click it to instantly boot up and get to the action!
  • If you have a PlayStation Plus 30-day trial promo code from the God of War: Saga Collection or a contest prize, redeem it today. You will have instant access to the Beta software — as well as all the other benefits of being a Plus member — for 30 days.

Be sure to visit our official GodofWar.com website where we’ve just launched a suite of new Beta strategy sections: God Profiles, Basic and Intermediate Tips you won’t find in-game, and your keys to victory in each mode.

BEGIN A WARRIOR, RISE A CHAMPION

Our Multiplayer Beta is a taste of the full-game experience, here’s what you’ll see featured:

  • God Allegiances: Zeus and Ares (2 of 4)
  • Modes: 8-player – Team Favor of the Gods or Capture The Flag, 4-player – Free For All

Favor of the Gods (Deathmatch)

  • Maps: Desert of Lost Souls (large map) & Forum of Hercules (arena)
  • Vast amount of weapons, armors, magic, relics, and God items to customize and earn
  • Ascend to Level 30 – can you do it during the short Beta period?!
  • VoIP – bust out those headphones and mics, team strategies are crucial (especially in CTF)

This being God of War, one does not simply walk into the Ascension Multiplayer Beta and think it ends there. Here are a few things not in the Beta that will be in the final game March 12th:

  • God Allegiances Hades and Poseidon
  • Third In-Game Weapon Class – To Be Announced Soon
  • More Large and Small maps created from signature God of War locations
  • Ability to customize your Warrior as you unlock all the weapons, magics, armors, relics, and God items from the four allegiances — and level them up!
  • Team Up With Friends – this is a heavy team-multiplayer game, you will have such abilities to join your friends and dominate the competition. More on this closer to launch.
  • An unannounced fourth multiplayer mode. We don’t screw around here (well, we do have fun)!

Our development team has been burning the midnight oil, pouring every last ounce of passion into creating a Multiplayer experience worthy of the God of War pedigree. This has been no ordinary journey for our team. Epic in every way, it has been a new beginning. Whether or not you have been following our transparent making-the-game series, Unchained, here is the five-minute story of what’s been a three-year journey in creating something once thought impossible. Enjoy our latest episode, A New Beginning.

By the way, if you made it this far and you love God of War’s single-player experience, fear not: a wealth of new information is coming sooner than you think.

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+ Zacky-V-A7X on January 8th, 2013 at 10:38 am said:

The multiplayer is absolutely amazing!! i’ve been playinf for a few weeks and its brutally epic! can’t wait for the new SP info!!.


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+ boomstickbhg on January 8th, 2013 at 10:53 am said:

Will there be a single player Beta at some point?

I have zero interest in most MP games and I won’t be downloading this, although I have been a big GoW fan and might get the game for the SP if it’s good enough.

Either way thanks for giving the people who do play MP a Beta.


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+ Psikorps on January 8th, 2013 at 10:53 am said:

Glad to have a chance to finally play the MP on this, as it is going to make or break the game for me.
I was originally upset that a game like God Of War had to join the “gotta have multiplayer” ranks like so many others have been doing…so this will be a good chance for me to see if it feels like a not needed add-on or if it brings something substancial to the title.

On a side note…I hope none of the trophies are associated with the multiplayer, unless they are very reasonable.


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+ Welmosca on January 8th, 2013 at 10:55 am said:

Die-hard GoW fan here….I’ll give it a try to the MP….dunno if its good or bad so I won’t judge…but one thing I know without doubt… IT’S UTTERLY UNECESSARY.


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+ StealthReborn– on January 8th, 2013 at 10:58 am said:

I pre-ordered the collectors edition and paid it off in full. Can’t wait! =)


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+ Resguardum on January 8th, 2013 at 11:01 am said:

comprare la membresia plus para poder jugar este excelente juego


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    + Aram Jabbari on January 8th, 2013 at 11:30 am said:

    No podemos ir mal con los fans tan dedicados como tú!

    (I blame Google Translate if that’s unintelligible.)


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+ Jakob98 on January 8th, 2013 at 11:07 am said:

I live here in Maine. I have not seen the multiplayer beta in the PS3 store.What time is it being released today? I cannot wait to dive into it.


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+ neezybaby14 on January 8th, 2013 at 11:09 am said:

I can’t wait. SO glad I bought ps plus this year


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+ findaway on January 8th, 2013 at 11:09 am said:

I’m not a multiplayer enthusiast for a game like god of war, but I’ll hop in today and see what it’s all about.


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+ Jakob98 on January 8th, 2013 at 11:10 am said:

Also when are we going to see some more footage of the single player game? I am a little worried that with al of the hype surrounding the multiplayer game that the single player experience is going to suffer.I am truly hoping this is not the case since this is my all time favorite gaming franchise. The single player demo looked ok but in comparison to the god of war 3 demo it lkacked that polish and flare I was hoping it would have. Mybe evemn some still screens just to let people know what progress has been made.


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    + Aram Jabbari on January 8th, 2013 at 11:26 am said:

    Jakob98,

    Rest assured: the wealth of info and assets regarding multiplayer in NO way suggest a shift in focus away from SP. Ascension boasts an epic, emotionally-charged single-player campaign that we have a TON to share about. Stay tuned; more to come!

    And since you’re a Plus subscriber, do please give the Beta a shot! The more die-hard series fans try it out and hopefully share their impressions, the better the final experience will be for all when the game ultimately launches.


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+ T3DV0L70L1N4 on January 8th, 2013 at 11:16 am said:

I already pre-ordered this game, definitely looking forward to it. I will give the multiplayer a try, but as others here have already said, I’m not really interested in it.

My main concern is the single player experience, and I hope it’s not going to suffer because of all the effort behind multiplayer.


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+ snakeeyes211 on January 8th, 2013 at 11:18 am said:

I pre-ordered the collectors edition and paid it off in full. Can’t wait! =)


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+ AltairBioshokero on January 8th, 2013 at 11:24 am said:

Where is it? I can’t see it on PSN… is there some Kind of regional restriction? Right now i’m in south america, please reply


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+ Darth-Krayt on January 8th, 2013 at 11:28 am said:

@2

I was going to say this to you yesterday too, but you wouldn’t have seen that reply, but you’ll probably see it here. When it comes to gaming, “Beta” is a term refering to a test of the online portion of a game. You wouldn’t have a “beta” of a single player portion of a game……that would be a demo, you can rest assured that a regular demo of this game will come out eventually. While single player portions of games are not yet done they are usually refered to as Alpha or pre-Alpha. VERY few developers release Alpha/pre-alpha stuff to the public. Typically only when they are community projects, like Project Cars for example. FF14 called theirs an Alpha for a while, but that was really a beta.


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+ neuropunk on January 8th, 2013 at 11:29 am said:

@ Jakob98

If you play any of the God of War games, you have played Ascension, since all the GoW games are the exact same shallow experiences.


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+ destruction1983 on January 8th, 2013 at 11:29 am said:

awesome cant wait to play it


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+ jhernandez360 on January 8th, 2013 at 11:36 am said:

Again thanks to Ign I had this # weeks ago no thanks


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+ PainOfSarrow on January 8th, 2013 at 11:38 am said:

cant waitttttt to play this later. capture the flag in a god of war type game sounds very interesting. one of my fav series of all time.


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+ guitarded77 on January 8th, 2013 at 11:38 am said:

Download size?


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+ YungShep on January 8th, 2013 at 11:39 am said:

welcome noobs!!!!


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+ FistFury_ on January 8th, 2013 at 11:42 am said:

Nice, GOW Beta…! waiting for the game, i hope that GOWA USA version will have spanish subs plz … u.u !!! xD


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+ JDAVID274 on January 8th, 2013 at 11:43 am said:

Una razón mas pera estar feliz por mi membresía a playstation plus, muchas gracias :D


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+ joseph2411 on January 8th, 2013 at 11:44 am said:

I have the beta already from one of the websites that were giving away keys a few weeks ago but have not played it yet, will i need to download it again or will it ask me to update it?


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+ Jakob98 on January 8th, 2013 at 11:45 am said:

@ neuropunk….I disagree. They may be shallow for you but to each his own. I thoroughly enjoyed all of them….my main concern is that graphically the Ascension demo seems dull.I have the single player demo and it just feels like a step backwards from gow3. I am hoping that the demo is prealpha and it looks a ton better given that this is old tech. The sound effects and the use of surround placement seems to have improved, but graphically Kratos looks outta shape and dull when compared to gow3.


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    + Aram Jabbari on January 8th, 2013 at 12:09 pm said:

    Jakob98,

    Looking at the dramatic improvements from demo to final build for God of War III certainly speaks to your concerns, but don’t forget: Ascension is a prequel story. This is a different Kratos than fans are used to from the other chapters in his saga.

    One of the key reasons series devotees will want to check out the game — apart from all of the extensive ways in which gameplay has been tightened up and expanded — is because they’ll get a chance to see a new side of one of the most recognizable characters in gaming.


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+ D3m0n__89 on January 8th, 2013 at 11:49 am said:

**** Please tell me there will there be a Digital Download Version of the game !! ****


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+ YungShep on January 8th, 2013 at 11:52 am said:

@23 update it. if you never played it there’s been 2 or 3 patches since.


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+ Jakob98 on January 8th, 2013 at 11:54 am said:

Aram, I still do not see it in the xmb nor is it in the playstaion store…..?


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    + Aram Jabbari on January 8th, 2013 at 11:56 am said:

    Ah, sorry, we tried to call it out in the post: the Beta won’t open for Plus users until the refresh later this afternoon!


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+ Ryumoau on January 8th, 2013 at 11:55 am said:

i don’t have much interest in this series, since i’ve found the ones i’ve played to be repetitive gameplay wise. I’ll try the multiplayer beta since its free, but it will have to floor me for me to even consider renting the final product.


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+ YungShep on January 8th, 2013 at 11:55 am said:

Aram:

CAN I PLEASE GET YOUR AVATAR!!!!!!!!!!! LOL IT’S AWESOME!


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    + Aram Jabbari on January 8th, 2013 at 11:59 am said:

    THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE ZEUS.


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+ pipking01 on January 8th, 2013 at 11:56 am said:

I’m excited to finally try it… and really tired of hearing about it.

I know I know — you have to sell people on this idea, I get it. But there’s an oppressive amount of hype and info out there about MP and nothing on SP, and these months of head-pat “stay tuned!” messaging boarders on insulting. You’re selling a line with nothing to show for it — I understand there’s a communications strategy at play, but I think you’ve misjudged how to foster interest in longtime fans versus alienating them with a deluge of details for a mode that, at best, folks regard as ancillary, being sold as the entire experience.

To put it bluntly — stop talking game about SP and just show it already. Please and thank you.


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+ PainOfSarrow on January 8th, 2013 at 11:57 am said:

Jacob you got to wait for the PlayStation Store Update…


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+ SOOPERGOOMAN187 on January 8th, 2013 at 11:59 am said:

I am most definitely going to slash the carp out of all of you. it will be a most satisfying victory to drive people out of the beta is sheer fear of my prowess in the game.


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+ THATDARNGUY29 on January 8th, 2013 at 12:01 pm said:

LIKE EVERYONE KEEPS ASKING WHAT TIME CAN I GET BETA IM ON THE WEST COAST


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+ Trieloth on January 8th, 2013 at 12:02 pm said:

Oh wow Iam super excited to try out the beta! Not sure if it was needed but hey I will give it a chance. :)


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+ danielfadel on January 8th, 2013 at 12:03 pm said:

Hey all plus members, is it too late for byuing Plus and get the beta??


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+ THATDARNGUY29 on January 8th, 2013 at 12:03 pm said:

ADD THAT DARNGUY29


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+ kratos1984 on January 8th, 2013 at 12:04 pm said:

what’s the download size? can it be downloaded in the background like the ps all stars beta?


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+ D3m0n__89 on January 8th, 2013 at 12:08 pm said:

Aram,

Is there a Female Character to choose from? Or possibly in the Final release.

If not it wouldn’t be a bad idea..

Cheers!!! :)


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+ wtGp on January 8th, 2013 at 12:11 pm said:

@neuropunk

if you played the Ascension demo then you’d be wrong. I was expecting it to play as other GoW games but its way different. I am glad the Santa Monica is making great strides of creating new ideas for GoW. The multiplayer is great


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+ BigBangBear on January 8th, 2013 at 12:15 pm said:

Looking forward to testing it out. Still a bit skeptical because I love the SP experience GOW has provided on both PS3 and PSP, but hopeful I won’t be disappointed.


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+ THATDARNGUY29 on January 8th, 2013 at 12:17 pm said:

U SAY U GOTAWAIT FOR THE UPDATE WHAT TIME IS THE UPDATE FOR THE STORE I WANNA PLAY THIS GOW GAME!


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+ Ryumoau on January 8th, 2013 at 12:25 pm said:

@34 no, you can easily sign up for plus anytime this week and access the beta i think.


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+ Augur2011 on January 8th, 2013 at 12:28 pm said:

Will there be any carryover, or beta gifts or bonuses for people who play the beta into the game once released? LBP did shirts, but I was wondering if anything from the beta will in any way carry into, or simply be acknowledged once the game and multi-player are out at retail?


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+ jbndemon on January 8th, 2013 at 12:29 pm said:

I’ve been waiting since 6:00 am for this beta to come on to playstation store and cant wait to play it! Hopefully it will be there soon since it is now 2:30 pm!?


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+ TwinDad on January 8th, 2013 at 12:30 pm said:

The update happens at some magical random time between noon and 9pm Pacific time.


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+ youngog205XX on January 8th, 2013 at 12:46 pm said:

what is it comein


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+ OmegaRebelAKuma on January 8th, 2013 at 12:55 pm said:

This is Bull CRAP!!! IGN Gave This Beta out Month Ago Wtf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ punkmusic2009 on January 8th, 2013 at 12:58 pm said:

is it avable for ps vita as while


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+ StingrayX on January 8th, 2013 at 12:59 pm said:

Woo PS PLUS!


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+ bigmikewwe on January 8th, 2013 at 1:05 pm said:

cant wait for GoW : A


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