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God of War: Ascension Update Brings New Features and Fixes

Vincent Napoli's Avatar + Posted by Vincent Napoli on Apr 04, 2013 // Designer, Sony Santa Monica

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Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to run their Blades through my poor little champion’s skull every night in God of War: Ascension‘s brutal multiplayer mode. After a long day of work, there is definitely something to be said about gutting and impaling people into the wee hours of the morning!

One of primary reasons we’ve been relatively quiet in the last week regarding support and DLC updates is because we’ve been heads down, working on an update which expands our God of War: Ascension multiplayer experience and addresses some key issues our community has helped us identify and diagnose. There are lots of gameplay developments coming down the pipeline, and today we’ll be sharing some of the stuff that’s moved into our final testing and tuning phase.

Elite Levels – Going Beyond Level 30

One of the biggest enhancements in our upcoming 1.04 update will be increasing the allegiance level cap from 30 to 40. With the addition of 10 levels for every God allegiance, we are introducing a new item, two new relics, and an ultimate magic for every allegiance. For our Champions who have ascended to the highest levels, and for those on their way, now you have a new goal to reach. It will not be an easy journey.

We’ll have more info on Elite Levels and specifics surrounding the new abilities as we lead up to the update’s release at our official site. It was important to us to let you know what’s coming up, and that this is just the beginning. We haven’t stopped working since Ascension’s launch, and we’re more excited than ever to keep improving Multiplayer with new features and gameplay enhancements such as this.

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Champion Stats

We want you to show off! You will now be able to access your accomplishments in battles from the main menu.

In addition to displaying your prowess in competitive combat, from death/kill ratios to win percentages, we want to see how you are faring in Trial of the Gods.

Our team hasn’t just been focusing on adding new content; we’re also working tirelessly to address prominent bugs and other issues denoted by the community.

Audio Issues

We are very aware of the audio drop issues many have been experiencing. This was a critical fix for this update, as a powerful and immersive audio mix is a tremendous part of the God of War experience. We apologize again for those impacted — now you’ll be able to better enjoy our sound team’s painstaking efforts.

Matchmaking Optimization

Our work in addressing this and getting players into matches as quick as possible is non-stop. We have already made numerous improvements based on your feedback at our boards and social channels, and have recently bolstered our ranks internally to make further improvements. You should be seeing marked improvements daily; please continue leaving any feedback in our forums.

Shard and Unlock Requirement Fixes

We are addressing the shard issue preventing players from attaining the Spear of Destiny and Barbarian Hammer in version 1.04 (possibly sooner), and have made additional tuning changes, namely on weapon shard drops for some of the rarer weapons, as well as unlock requirements for certain armor pieces, weapon stats, and magics.

We are also on the cusp of our first DLC pack announcements. We’ve got some brutal new toys coming to assist you on the battlefield!

Do well, Champion… Ascend!

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+ Chau248 on April 10th, 2013 at 11:17 pm said:

Hi guys, I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed GOW:Ascension so far, both the single and multiplayer experiences have been great. I just had one question about the 1.04 patch that you’re about to release, I’d be great if you guys at SSM could answer it:

Is the audio fix portion in the 1.04 patch going to fix only the multiplyer sound issues? because the single player campaign also had a lot of sound bugs and drops during cutscenes,gameplay and QTE kills.

Thanks in advance for your attention and all the hard work that went into developing this great chapter in the God of War saga.


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+ WingedSnowHunter on April 23rd, 2013 at 6:55 am said:

Thanks to the dudes and dudettes at Santa Monica for making this badass game. I wanna say that it’s a cool game but GOW 1, 2 and 3 easily overshadows it but that doesn’t make it a bad game, it’s awesome in it’s own right, don’t care what anybody says. Multiplayer is fun but I was expecting more to the single player…as because I was more interested in it, just like any loyal fan of the series would. But, no worries, Ascension was enough to keep me happy.
Anyways, the real reason I’m here is that I have a concern in GOW: Ascension and I’m thinking of voicing it out.
1. I just started Titan mode, and I was happily greeted with already LVL. 5 Blades of Chaos and a double-length rage bar (WTF!?), is this normal? I just recently downloaded patch 1.04
This is convenient, but not fun :(
2. My friend decided to create save accounts for himself and he has LVL. 2 Blades of Chaos and when he got Ares’ Flame, it was already max. Once, this is post-patch
3. The second Manticore boss fight at the Lantern. I died the first time and when it reloaded, no music and the camera is stuck in one direction. (Pre-patch so I dunno)

Please reply, as that lvl. 5 BoC is bugging me in my Titan playthrough. Thanks guys


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+ camdenboy100 on April 24th, 2013 at 12:49 am said:

Hey…love the update and level cap..y’all should add more trials…but I have a a little problem with my online..for some reason every time I play multiplayer hades get all the exp lol…I play with zues or any of the other gods and the exp still goes to hades..it changes back to hades every time


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+ AxlarByorn on April 24th, 2013 at 9:08 am said:

The game looks very promising and great, I’m sure I’ll love it. Sadly, I can’t buy it currently(tough economy, sigh) but I’m sure to get it in less than 2 months. Since I’m quite nostalgic and have played all God Of War games, I truly wish that this franchise never ends. I know it’s probably way too early to be asking a question like this, but do you intend to make more instalments of the series? (even if you can give the answer, and it is positive, I DO realize that it won’t happen any time soon, you guys deserved a nice rest) Cheers!


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