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Are You Ready for the God of War: Ascension Multiplayer Beta?

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God of War fans, it’s Game Director Todd Papy again with the latest and greatest on God of War: Ascension. If you saw the on-stage world premiere of our new epic single-player journey at E3, then you’re well aware Kratos will be as bad-ass as ever when Ascension hits stores on March 12, 2013. However, today I’m here to talk more about our ambitious multiplayer mode, a multiplayer experience we are confident will be worthy of the title, God of War.

God of War: Ascension for PS3

Back on April 30th, I gave you an in-depth look at how our new multiplayer-mode works, combining the visceral combat and brutal finishing kills from single-player with an intense and fresh online 4v4 competitive mode. I’m excited to announce today that we will be launching a global multiplayer beta in the near future, available exclusively first to PlayStation Plus subscribers (there may a few other secret inroads). It’s critical to our team that we receive as much community feedback to tune and prime our multiplayer mode for one of the best experiences possible, come launch this March.

Here’s a brand-new multiplayer trailer to whet your appetite, this is what God of War: Ascension multiplayer is all about:

Where and how you begin as a Warrior in God of War: Ascension multiplayer is a mystery you’ll discover at launch, there is a story to “you,” notwithstanding, your first decision will be to pledge your allegiance to one of 4 familiar Gods: Zeus, Hades, Ares and Poseidon. Each God will offer a unique combat play-style and devastating abilities in battle. You’ll unlock special magic abilities, new and upgraded armors and weapons, mystical relics and other treasures as you earn XP to level up your Warrior.

While each will have an incredible array of combat maneuvers, the “attack-style” of the God you align with is critical to your Warriors “path.”

Our Warrior customization and XP system is going to keep you serving your God for centuries to come. It is your goal to become a true God of War, a Champion of the Gods. When you head into battle with friends and foes, you will have teammates aligned to all of the Gods, not only balancing out the strengths of each team, but creating a mythical and diverse combat war in every match.

In our signature multiplayer mode, Favor of the Gods, the first team to accumulate a target amount of “points” will claim victory (at E3 this was set to 5,000). Points, known as “Favor,” are earned by kills and other methods. When you’re not in the middle of destroying your enemies with brutal elegance, you can also help your team earn points by capturing altars, collecting red orbs from chests, and setting deadly traps for opposing players. Every multiplayer level is also littered with power-ups that will give you a quick edge in battle with special abilities, such as the power of Hermes Boots to boost your speed, and many more.

God of War: Ascension for PS3

Finally, we’ve always believed God of War is about “epic larger than life moments,” and our multiplayer mode will fulfill that in a variety of ways. In our first map reveal, you’ve witnessed the awe-shocking terror of “Polyphemus,” a skyscraper sized giant Titan who wants to squash you to a pulp. When a team has earned a certain threshold of “favor points,” the Gods will drop down the Spear of Olympus; the only weapon known to man that can destroy Polyphemus. The first team to acquire this weapon and destroy the Titan may win the match, or turn the tide of the battle.

Each of our unique multiplayer maps and gameplay modes will have a variety of objectives and interactive multi-leveled environments. We’ll be sharing more details as we get closer to our March 12, 2013 release.

If you’re going to be in Germany at Gamescom this week, you’ll be among the first in the world to get hands on with our new multiplayer mode. It doesn’t stop there, you will also get the very first hands-on with our single player demo as well, and lay waste to The Elephantaur with your own hands.

For those of you stateside, we will also be bringing God of War: Ascension to PAX at the end of this month. We’re also proud to announce we will be doing the first-ever God of War Panel at PAX as well. Watch for more details on our PAX panel discussion and booth presence in the coming weeks.

So, how will you prepare for God of War: Ascension coming this March 12, 2013? There’s only one way right now – reliving Kratos’ epic journey step by step, every earth-shattering larger than life moment, every treacherous God destroyed on his quest for revenge and redemption, in the God of War: Saga Collection, coming this August 28th for just $39.99.

The Blades of Chaos will reign a blistering and heart-pounding fury in glorious high-definition as the God of War: Saga includes every God of War game and a PlayStation Plus 1-month voucher, perfect for getting into the God of War: Ascension MP beta when it hits PSN later this year.

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Our dedicated team here at Sony Santa Monica is working harder than Kratos’ path to vengeance to make Ascension the biggest and most ambitious God of War game ever, and your passion for the world of God of War fuels us daily. Follow and give me a shout at @ToddPapy or @SonySantaMonica. You should like and check out our brand new God of War Facebook page for the latest and greatest news about the game, our awesome Collector’s Edition, and Mythological Heroes Multiplayer Pack pre-order DLC. Watch our Facebook page for news in the near future about how you can get early access to the multiplayer beta and more.

Now, back to the Pantheon…

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T3DV0L70L1N4 said:

August 14th, 11:33 am

It’s times like these I really like having that “+” next to my name.

Enigmatech said:

August 14th, 11:37 am


+ 1

macy113 said:

August 14th, 11:37 am


ATFrez said:

August 14th, 11:39 am

I cannot wait for this game or this beta! Keep up the great work, Santa Monica Studio!

Jujube_ said:

August 14th, 11:41 am

Plus minus multiply or divide I dont care what they put next to my name. As long as lm a member. Having that gold plus sign is just as good as getting a gold medal at the olympics.

gamez818 said:

August 14th, 11:43 am

Polyphemus is a cyclops. Not a Titan.

jonboi24 said:

August 14th, 11:45 am

God bless that “+”!

JH-FallenReaper said:

August 14th, 11:46 am

Getting the saga never played any except God of War 3 wich i plat.

darksithantwan said:

August 14th, 11:46 am

I love +

jazzyrider said:

August 14th, 11:47 am

Very cool. Besides +, will there be other ways of getting into beta?


August 14th, 11:48 am

SONY. Killin’ the competition.

XCrownedClownX said:

August 14th, 11:51 am

Loving it! REALLY Looking forward to giving the online beta a whirl to see what it’s like, as I’m not sure how I feel about online play in God of War yet.

eduar6710-2 said:

August 14th, 12:01 pm


rera121989 said:

August 14th, 12:04 pm

This is great news I’m on All Stars Battle-Royal Beta but i definitely cannot wait for this beta.

Ghost-of-SpartaX said:

August 14th, 12:04 pm

as a god of war fan I’m skeptical about multi player, but with the beta you could prove me wrong ….maybe..

somebignasty said:

August 14th, 12:06 pm

@6 in the God of War universe he will be a Titan.

D-Squad3 said:

August 14th, 12:09 pm

WHEN?!! :(

GMFCO311 said:

August 14th, 12:20 pm

Bad As@. Can not wait! Loving my PS3 and ALL the VARIETY of games it brings, unlike other consoles with mindless shooters! P.S. I like shooters too, just not 24/7.

KidCommando said:

August 14th, 12:27 pm

Soooo looking forward to checking out the multiplayer. If done right I think it will be a great extension of the GoW universe.

I am leaning toward Poseidon as I think the other three Gods will be fairly popular.

MrSoloLobo said:

August 14th, 12:27 pm

I’m gonna buy the Saga and Madden on the 28th. Sorry Ratchet collection, you’ll have to wait :/

poisonedsodapop said:

August 14th, 12:28 pm

Lol @18 since that’s so far from the truth nowadays about any other console being just a shooter fest. I don’t even own the console you’re referencing and I know that.

I might play this beta, never played GoW though. Also kinda disappointed at the lack of females in MP if what I read in Game Informer is true. Especially if they can’t be made “pretty” enough to fight alongside the males.

devilmosh said:

August 14th, 12:43 pm

I was really excited about getting this because I’d played the 60-minute trials and loved them, but still didn’t own any of the GoW games. But I want the physical copies because they take up so much space on the HDD. So there I was, ready to pre-order, and I saw that this only has the 3 GoW games on disc, then a voucher to download the Origins games. So nevermind. I’ll snatch up the older releases.

GhostMachine1 said:

August 14th, 12:43 pm

5 games for $40 freaking dollars is AMAZING! Getting this!

freshprincepbg said:

August 14th, 12:48 pm

Wow we’re getting this beta so early? March is a long time, I’m not complaining though, yay!!

xCh0z3n-0n3x said:

August 14th, 12:51 pm

and you people said God Of War didnt need multiplayer when Ascension was announced. This is exactly why you cant judge things as soon as you see them..give it time. Let it settle in…let the game come out, PLAY IT!!! which is the most important thing to do before talking trash about a game…and THEN you can say w.e you want. Looking at a trailer and saying it sucks means nothing.

PAPAMiDNiT3 said:

August 14th, 12:51 pm

look nice. hoping this is not the only game mode

Airwalkinman17 said:

August 14th, 12:56 pm

Already Pre-ordered!!!

Zacky-V-A7X said:

August 14th, 1:01 pm

Can’t wait for the beta!!! collector’s edition already pre-ordered!

kidhero99 said:

August 14th, 1:19 pm

awesoem news

halo101 said:

August 14th, 1:20 pm

@Todd Pappy: I noticed on the official GOW site when you got to sign up for updates, there’s THIS message:

“Registering also guarantees you’ll be the first to know when gives you the chance to become a Champion of The Gods. More details to be revealed Fall 2012.”

Not to sound stupid, but that’s been on there since April when the game was first revealed! What’s IS this Champion of The Gods program/community/etc, and when EXACTLY will we find out more about it?

halo101 said:

August 14th, 1:25 pm

Also, will God of War: Ascension be showcased at New York Comic-Con in October, by any chance?

DoucheVader said:

August 14th, 2:57 pm

How about God of War: EPOCH with all God of War games done up in the God of War III engine! Even better add transitions to each story so it flows as one huge game. :) Perhaps consider ordering the games in chronological order.

that-acmilan-guy said:

August 14th, 3:11 pm

Amazing how you guys still made the game looks so breathtaking during transition to multiplayer.

Question to PSBlog team: Why do I have to sign in every time! That is why I don’t comment often…

JVBGFR said:

August 14th, 7:50 pm

What about God of War: Betrayal?

bigboyfirebum said:

August 14th, 9:37 pm

Damn I almost had a heart attack, getting this on my birthday which is Sept 5!!!
@33 Betrayal is a phone game, so not gonna be in god of war saga.

bigboyfirebum said:

August 14th, 9:38 pm

@25 true ur right

SolduNuts said:

August 14th, 10:09 pm

This game is going to rock. Hands down will be good. The multiplayer looks awesome and unique which is always a plus in my book. I like that the multiplayer is retaining the gory violence from the single player campaign. This beta will be one of the best yet, can’t wait to try it.


Sparkz92 said:

August 15th, 9:34 am

Definitely getting Saga edition day one.

felipee85 said:

August 15th, 4:51 pm

The multiplayer looks great, i want to play it so bad.

biggunner7 said:

August 16th, 4:47 am

Big GOW fan,Hope to get to beta test this game.

theMARTINS21 said:

August 20th, 5:12 pm

i hav all god of war games, but a question tood is it a good investment to get the saga??

DJ-307 said:

August 28th, 3:03 pm

Awesome! I’ve just received my free minecraft giftcode!

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DarkTalonxx said:

August 29th, 9:30 am

cant wait for game!!!!!!

DarkTalonxx said:

August 29th, 9:31 am

all ready pre ordered it

DarkTalonxx said:

August 29th, 9:33 am

still geting saga

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