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The Monsters of God of War: Ascension — Polyphemus

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As we begin the journey to the launch of God of War: Ascension on March 12, 2013, we want to further explore all aspects of the God of War universe to give you deeper insight into the creation, lore, design, and gameplay that’s being poured into the game. Welcome to our first “Monsters of Ascension” feature.

In God of War: Ascension, we are introducing an epic, unprecedented multiplayer experience. You will become a Champion of the Gods, but not before you encounter and conquer one of the biggest Titans seen in the entire God of War series — Polyphemus.


The Titan cyclops Polyphemus — the gargantuan one-eyed son of Poseidon — is a brutal boss on our desert multiplayer map. He will literally crush you and your foes (repeatedly) until you earn enough favor from the Gods to be granted the Spear of Olympus — the only known weapon that can destroy Polyphemus.

I sat down with Izzy Medrano, Lead Concept Artist for God of War: Ascension, to discuss his contributions to the game.

God of War: Ascension - Polyphemus

Aaron Kaufman: What inspired your visual creation of Polyphemus? Any other particular monsters, movies, comic-book villains, a recent to trip to Mesopotamia, or perhaps a particular dev team member? He’s a beast!

Izzy Medrano: Ironically, I pulled a little bit of of his body type from myself and similarly shaped guys. I’m pretty barrel chested and sport a proper tummy. Someone else noticed the similarity so I even painted a quick version of Polyphemus with my trademark curls, spiral earrings, and a hoodie – it got some laughs in the review!

I find with a lot of these sort of classic Greek monsters, I’ll mix something really traditional with something highly unusual. In this case horns came up pretty early as a nod to the old Harryhausen Cyclops, and Polyphemus’ restraints came from a sort of modern bondage / piercing angle.

The other thing I brought into his shape was the knowledge that the original myths of the Cyclops are said to come from early Greeks encountering ancient elephant skulls. It wasn’t until way later in the days of Hannibal that elephants became known to the culture at large, so it was likely that they invented the Cyclops tale to account for these massive fossils. With that in mind I added some short tusks to the character’s jaw line, and added just a bit of an elephant texture to his skin. There may be an underlying tone of “elephant” throughout God of War: Ascension because of me. Just sayin’.

God of War: Ascension - Polyphemus

AK: How do you feel about Polyphemus being a featured boss in multiplayer instead of traditional single-player epic bosses that you’re accustomed to creating for God of War?

IM: I am really content with Polyphemus’ role in multiplayer. He’s the first God of War multiplayer boss ever created, and in many ways has to break a lot of new ground. Not the least of which is on the technical side. This is a full-blown God of War Titan boss that players are accustomed to seeing in single-player, but now in eight-player multiplayer mayhem. It’s incredible! He may not be what I’ve become accustomed to, but he iss definitely a monster all his own,like a boss.

AK: Tell me what’s bad-ass about Polyphemus.

IM: If you pay attention to the piercings on our big, dour friend, you’ll notice that there are three gigantic piercings holding him in place. Two are impaling his arms. They separate his biceps from the humerus bone in what could be considered the most intense body modification ever. The pain of constantly having your muscles tugged from the bone must be incredible. Yet he pulls against his bonds with all of his giant’s might to destroy the measly humans at his dinner table.

For even more details, you can read the full “Monsters of Ascension” feature here.

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Alyyse said:

July 5th, 7:25 am

This game is going to be awesome. I can’t wait!

Amersonjr2YAHOO said:

July 5th, 7:29 am

nice game but I don’t care unit they get some ps vita games. ever thing all ways for ps3.

Hooligantuan said:

July 5th, 7:34 am

Kratos is a Greek mythology fanfic Mary Sue and his popularity is a sad commentary on the intellectual void America’s public school systems are creating of the nation’s youth.

h4l0fw1nt3r said:

July 5th, 7:35 am

Day one purchase.

mpainer777 said:

July 5th, 7:51 am

Viita vita vita vita vita just hoping it might gets through to the high ups at sony. so disappointed…

snakeeyes211 said:

July 5th, 7:58 am

I have the collectors edition paid off already the game is going to be a fabulous game good job guys :-) and are you guys talking about how many multiplayer maps are you going to have at launch?

KidCommando said:

July 5th, 8:01 am

Hooligantuan, your own intellectual void is pretty sad as well…sorry you were the child left behind.

Will definitely be picking up Ascension.

Jisatsu_Kiddo said:

July 5th, 8:07 am

@7

You just hit a homerun.

Valde_zerocool said:

July 5th, 8:24 am

Skydiddy needs to be in more PSblog videos.

FreshRevenge said:

July 5th, 9:17 am

All I can say is I got this on Preorder and getting the Collectors Edition. This is going to be Epic. I can’t wait to kill a few of my fellow spartans like GodModeGod.

nocrodracul said:

July 5th, 9:28 am

This is so cool.

MP_is_for_Chumps said:

July 5th, 10:43 am

“…..unprecedented multiplayer experience”

Guys you really need to work on your grammar. You mean UNWANTED.

KAPADO said:

July 5th, 10:59 am

Release the game already

Spyroluver88 said:

July 5th, 11:05 am

I am so excited about this game. Tell me the single player campaign is getting this much attention, please? After all, that’s what GOW is all about. Yes, I will enjoy the new mode but I love core GOW gameplay!
I would love to see some of the focus shift onto what made Kratos the icon he is today!

D-Squad3 said:

July 5th, 11:14 am

So I’m assuming Polyphemus isn’t going to be in the story mode then? It’s a shame, I would’ve loved to see Kratos fight him, I hope you guys save the better bosses/monsters for Kratos to kill.

Can’t wait for more information! Hopefully both for Multiplayer AND Singleplayer. I really want to know what Santa Monica is trying to tell about Kratos’ story in this game.

juliomafort_us said:

July 5th, 11:17 am

Big, giant monsters. That´s great!

jadashake said:

July 5th, 11:26 am

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snakeeyes211 said:

July 5th, 11:44 am

Is there going to be 3-D support in the game?? please get back to me let me know thank you

L1ftedResearch_ said:

July 5th, 2:35 pm

Huge GoW fan, i have 100% in all five current titles but highly disappointed you added a online. GoW absolutely did not need an online. Still a day one purchase for me.

ERC1980 said:

July 5th, 4:06 pm

Looking forward this.

one question Aaron, when will the CE be officially unveiled? I want to see it before i pre-order.

Heavenly_king said:

July 5th, 5:24 pm

Is Ready at Dawn making a new GOW game for the PSVITA?? Please let it be a YES!!! XD

DeadKillersRevng said:

July 5th, 6:16 pm

The European blog has more info.

yellowjacket486 said:

July 5th, 8:01 pm

Already pre-ordered the collectors edition , so day one purchase for me too.

DarkOne_PR said:

July 5th, 9:40 pm

day one 4 me as 3 was…

Tiger_Drummer said:

July 5th, 11:48 pm

I can’t wait to play this game. GoW is one of my favorite franchises, but i’m somewhat skeptical about the multiplayer. Hopefully they have put as much focus into the single player as the seem to have put into the multiplayer. Already reserved my collectors edition, the statue of Kratos will look awesome next to Pandora’s box

BigStack007 said:

July 6th, 9:32 am

When will we ever get something NEW? God Of War was a great game when it 1st came out. But i didn’t need GOW 2. GOW 3. And i don’t need GOW 4. There ALL basically the SAME. Just how many times do these developers need to remake the SAME GAME? Why can’t we get something NEW and different, that’s not garbage? Is it impossible to be creative anymore? All i see is part whatever of every popular game. Year after year more of the same. NOTHING REALLY NEW. COD,Uncharted,Battlefield,etc,etc,etc. Every year or two another version of the SAME GAME. That’s all gaming seems to be about anymore. Another version of the SAME GAME. So there’s like 20 games total that are good and the developers just keep remaking them over,over,and over again. I guess creativity and originality has no place in gaming anymore.

footballrule said:

July 6th, 7:23 pm

Day one purchase for sure. Loved every GOW game!

AdamKAME88 said:

July 6th, 7:55 pm

I cant wait

Faenix1 said:

July 7th, 1:03 am

This is a hesitant preorder for me, but I surely HOPE Single Player has more – or at the very least the same – amount of attention. I dont have any interest in the multiplayer. :/

Farmer-Willis said:

July 7th, 12:23 pm

I like this.

FrEsHmAnJoHnSoN said:

July 7th, 2:31 pm

i love greek mythology and multiplayer , that’s why god of war acsension is gonna be EPIC !

LordDust said:

July 9th, 7:01 am

You guys should make a beta for this game

Chunkyjello said:

July 9th, 10:35 am

I want to know if there is going to be a collector’s edition. I don’t want to pre-order now to find out later that there is going to be a collector’s edition. Anyway this game look amazing and I wish I was playing it right now!

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