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God of War: Ascension Single-Player Demo on PSN Today

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Champions! We wait to Ascend.

The studio floor is empty and silent. The team that once buzzed with the energy and fervor is now quiet. Full. Satisfied. The countless souls that once labored deep into the night have been dramatically refreshed with sleep… lots and lots of sleep. You see, the Gods have demanded our creation and now there is little we can do but wait. We must abide together until it is unleashed upon the world on March 12.

But waiting is so hard.

What would you give for a glimpse into the future? For a taste of Satyr blood? To unchain Kratos before the world is ready? Would you swear a blood oath to Olympus? Forge a bond with the Gods?

It is a tempting offer…no? Behold the spoils in return for your bond!

We’re thrilled to unleash our God of War: Ascension single-player demo to ALL PlayStation Network users later today. Become Kratos and escape the epic Prison of the Damned. God of War: Ascension’s demo will allow players to explore and master the legendary Spartan’s new advanced combat.

Make your stand against a Titanic beast and its infected legions.
Unleash your Rage in fiery explosions that burn your enemies to ash.
Impale enemies on your chained blades and use them in combat as living wrecking balls.
Wield the weapons of your enemies in countless new combos.
Climb and slide your way through the chaos as the world turns upside down around you.

Want a closer, behind the scenes look at the enhancements and additions you can expect from Ascension’s gameplay? Check out this new entry in our “Unchained” series of videos:

After you’ve played through our demo, or in-between multiple plays, be sure to check out our exclusive section for History’s upcoming scripted original series, Vikings. We’ve packed in some custom video content and an inside look at this exciting new show, which premieres Sunday, March 3 at 10/9c on History.

I also wanted to remind you to check out a legendary Multiplayer DLC weapon we created in partnership with History, inspired by the series Vikings. The legendary “Mjolnir,” or Hammer of Thor, will be included exclusively with all copies of God of War: Ascension purchased at Best Buy. Forged in the fires of Asgard and tempered in glacial ice, Mjolnir will obliterate your enemies with its thunderous might.

God of War: Ascension - Mjölnir DLC

The Multiplayer DLC weapon “Mjolnir” Hammer of Thor is a special limited-time offer available only at Best Buy when you purchase God of War: Ascension. Every copy will include a voucher to download the DLC weapon “Mjolnir,” as well as unlock our Mythological Heroes Pack which includes unique armor sets of ancient Greece’s greatest mythological heroes: Achilles, Perseus, Orion and Odysseus.

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redplumptomato said:

February 26th, 12:30 pm

i played rise of warrior with Chrome and had no issues whatsoever.. Try that!

SmokeAdellic said:

February 26th, 12:58 pm

Every blog post where the question of 3D comes up they ignore the question…bad business I will not support this game.

Poopy_chicken said:

February 26th, 12:59 pm

Hey I think that this game looks amazing! I really like the multiplayer, however I’d like to know if this game will be for the PS Vita?
I love alot of the games for the PS3 but I really cannot get into the games for the Vita. I like the thought of the PS4 however who is thinking about the Vita? I am alway doing things so I do not have much time to sit down and play a game. I love alot of the products here at playstation so I wish to sit and play games. I even have an addiction to games but I just hope the Vita wasn’t forgotten.

Kchow23 said:

February 26th, 1:09 pm

The demo is stunning!! Can’t wait to get my copy in a couple weeks :)

LosValos said:

February 26th, 1:22 pm

Todd! I wonder, do you guys have any forums devoted to feedback? Have you ever thought of making any? I know you’ve got beta testers, and it’s awesome how you accomodated the ppl who don’t like qte! Like.. What if word hadn’t reached you on that stuff? Crowd input is getting more and more important I think, with Kickstarter and the general complaint of lack of innovation in the medium.. Just look at how everyone yawned at Killzone:Shadowfall and Second son, (which will propably be good game)
Some ideas and things are just so apparent when you’re sitting on the outside, so it’s hard not to be able to give some input when it’s something you really care about. So here’s my idea, give us a dedicated forum, with a “share idea” and an upvote, downvote system like the PS blog has/or some opinion polls.. It would you make us love you over at Santa Monica all the more!!!

Thnx if you read =)

supvic said:

February 26th, 1:56 pm

And I QUOTE, 4th June 2012:

“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.”

Posted by Todd Papy // Game Director, God of War: Ascension


supvic said:

February 26th, 1:56 pm

And I QUOTE, 4th June 2012 on the PS blog:

“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.”

Posted by Todd Papy // Game Director, God of War: Ascension

PHATTY5 said:

February 26th, 1:57 pm

I can’t wait to see what kind of improvements you have made since the E3 demo!

dollabill9311 said:

February 26th, 2:01 pm

How do you download the demo?

Mobius2525 said:

February 26th, 2:08 pm

Couple more hours til i can DL.

MaRCUsFarcus said:

February 26th, 2:13 pm

What about trophy difficulty i hope you guys arnt releasing an unobtainable platnium i like my 100% GoW status

man1tore said:

February 26th, 2:16 pm

what time is the update here i wisconsin …..im waiting

Alyyse said:

February 26th, 2:18 pm

Yes! i can’t wait to play this demo.

Wolf_house08 said:

February 26th, 2:24 pm

What time will the demo be released??

Atarius said:

February 26th, 3:00 pm

With the PSN maintenance I guess no demo today or tonight. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, why the demo release was scheduled on a big maintenance day is beyond me. :(

xTriiFEcTax said:

February 26th, 3:01 pm

where is the demo @?

Atarius said:

February 26th, 3:11 pm

Apologies I was wrong, the demo is up now. I was reading about maintenance for specific titles it seems. This is the site I was confused by http://www.examiner.com/article/psn-maintenance-on-feb-26-to-affect-several-game-titles-with-brief-downtime?cid=rss


February 26th, 3:11 pm

It’s on there now. I’m downloading as I type

LosValos said:

February 26th, 3:47 pm

It sure as hell isn’t in Europe. These updates are always so irritatingly unpredictable. How hard is it to set a date and a GMT Sony, seriously…

Xdark_dragonX said:

February 26th, 4:10 pm

It’s shaping up to be amazing! from the looks of it you guys have really oudone yourselves!

I am very curious if the graphics in the final build have improved since the E3 demo that came with Total Recall? Did you guys also increased the level detail on Krato’s character model, making him look more realistic than in the e3 demo of Ascension?

The reason I ask this is because there was a big noticeable jump in graphics and overall detail and fluidity (better framerate, better Anti Aliasing, better lighting, etc) in GoW 3 compared to the GoW 3 e3 demo.

I really hope this is also true with Ascension, not that it’s e3 demo looked bad, it looks awesome, but was just curious to know if you guys polished the game up to the very end like you guys are known for.

Amazing work guys, you really showed what the ps3 is capable this generation!

seiyasun said:

February 26th, 5:06 pm


Just want to know what’s the bonus content of God of War: Ascension demo? I have the one-week earlier demo as 2.9G. So there is no way to only download the bonus part? As I think the playable demo should be the same.


lennox401 said:

February 26th, 5:52 pm

f**k yeah prequel to god of war:D

angelspawn77 said:

February 26th, 6:03 pm

Got the demo as part of Rise of the Warrior challenge, but I have a question, how come the extra making of video wasn’t included in our version? Now I gotta re-download the demo in order to see the video, that kinda sucks.

Anyways, I love the demo, but I did feel like the intro wasn’t epic enough, the other GOW games feature an epic boss and for some reason this one doesn’t feel epic enough. It feels like its halfway through the game or something other than an awesome intro like the GOW series is known for.

angelspawn77 said:

February 26th, 6:07 pm

Unless that was only part 1 and the next part of the game where the demo cuts off is where you go “HOLY CRAP!” and some kinda awesome boss comes out. Hope that’s the case, if so then that’s great, but the other games had the boss right out of the gates, which is why I have my doubts.

T3DV0L70L1N4 said:

February 26th, 6:16 pm

Did you guys seriously package 7 videos with this demo? It’s huge! And what’s with the unskippable Vikings commercial at the beginning? I just wanted to play the demo, not be advertised at.

pipking01 said:

February 26th, 7:46 pm

I feel compelled to advocate for the MP to all the doubters and haters.

I was once like you. MP is not my thing. I HATE HATE HATE the fact that so many modern singleplayer games are mandated to include it. I don’t want it, I didn’t ask for it. I worried about how much the studio was focusing on it in all their press. It was like they forgot about me, the series fan who has bought every SP game (sometimes more than once).

Got into the PS+ beta, fully expecting to just arm myself with disinterest and walk away angry.

But it surprised me.

It’s incredibly fun. It successfully translates the badassery of SP into an MP mode that feels incredibly new and fresh. The closest MP analogue I can think of is MOBA — except, you know, not frustrating and convoluted. A brilliant mix of environment and PvP. Most importantly, it FEELS like GoW — except in a new way.

Even after my first few fun sessions, I expected to lose interest and gravitate away… but I started to itch for it. The leveling, unlocking armor, and just the sheer fun of play. I think it has legs.

Everyone who hasn’t tried it but hates the idea of it, I urge you to give it a shot. They did right by it. It’s great.

JROD0823 said:

February 26th, 9:08 pm

The lack of a response over repeated weeks of asking about the sneaky, underhanded statue swap in the collector’s edition has led me to cancel my pre-order for GoW: Ascension.

I don’t appreciate Sony Santa Monica thinking that they could get away with a bait-and-switch tactic with the Kratos statue, and that I wouldn’t be smart enough to take notice.

I asked several times about why Sony Santa Monica swapped out the higher quality 8″ Kratos statue for a 6′ statue that looks much lower in quality. Every single time I asked the question, I was very polite, yet for all of my efforts, I was flat out ignored.

Based off of the level of disrespect that I have received over the matter, I suggest that all people that pre-ordered the collector’s edition cancel it altogether, or at the very least just get the standard version.

Remember that we all still have a voice with our wallets, and I sure as hell let mine speak in this matter.

clupula668 said:

February 26th, 9:27 pm

“Like adding RPG elements, Branching paths, Co-Op, a More open world, Fully controllable camera, NPC’s, Upgradable Armour, and so on…..”

I would really hate most of those. Please don’t add those. There’s no need for Kratos to be leveing up. Branching paths might take away from the canon of the story, which would be a problem, considering the God of War series is very much known for how it tells a story. Do NOT want co-op infecting the game. Kratos is a lone sociopath. Not a character in a buddy-cop film. Do not want an open world. DEFINITELY do not want a controllable camera. Ghost of Sparda had NPC’s in one section. Upgradeable armor would be, okay, I guess.

My big complaint about the multiplayer is no female character to select. I hate playing as a generic bald guy.

Ovie_Is_Better said:

February 26th, 11:23 pm

Can someone please let us know if the game still has 3d support? I too was very much looking forward to it…

SmokeAdellic said:

February 27th, 12:25 am

And I QUOTE, 4th June 2012:
“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.”
Posted by Todd Papy // Game Director, God of War: Ascension

SmokeAdellic said:

February 27th, 12:28 am

And I QUOTE, 4th June 2012:
“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.”
Posted by Todd Papy // Game Director, God of War: Ascension

SmokeAdellic said:

February 27th, 12:30 am


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February 27th, 12:31 am


Atarius said:

February 27th, 12:51 am

@74 That bothers you? You do realize it’s a mini boss you’re fighting and only revealing two potential bosses being Aegean and Megera. It’s the start of the game, it’s like in God of War 3 if they teased the Poisedan fight while showing Gaia and Posidan’s seahorse thing.

Basically that’s just the tip of the iceberg and there’s tons of other bosses and baddies just waiting for you on the inside.

As far as people being bummed out on the statue, it’s likely a logistical problem or money problem and they had to switch. Crap happens, it’s still much better than a crappy pair of nightvision goggles for what 120bucks or whatever it was?

Remember you’re stlil getting DLC, character skins, full digital soundtrack, poster, steel case and oh yeah the game itself.

Josuey_de_PR_ said:

February 27th, 2:43 am

gow is amazing i quite havent played the first 2 games GOW1 and 2 (played the first for about 1 hour) but i did play and enjoyed GOW3 and the psp games one of the best games i have ever played, i guess i should pick up the god of war collection in hd and get it done, reason for not having a chance to buy the first 2 was i didnt have a ps2 i had a gamecube(had ps1 and n64 before) i shoudve bought a ps2 after the gamecube but was still a kid and didnt have cash the nintedo 64 was such a great console i blindingly went for the gamecube

first of all how can there be gamers who dont like multiplayer modes in any game? thats just ridicuolous, you dont enjoy gaming with friends in jolly cooperation?(Dark Souls quote hehe) or smashing noobs online competitively? wow
they must really live under a rock lol playing games alone in the dark…..forever alone i see hehe, but seriously i love single player content but multiplayer modes are amazing enough said.

Josuey_de_PR_ said:

February 27th, 2:48 am

dont know why people are asking for digital versions so much, for home consoles i much rather have a suveniere of the awsome games i have bought for colecction on the shelf, but for the vita i guess it very convenient since i dont have to carry the games with me thats just me

kgiannis_roula said:

February 27th, 3:47 am

I cant found demo for single player in psn of God of War Ascension…..Do you know why? :/
I live in Europe….
Can someone give my advice?
Thx a lot!

kgiannis_roula said:

February 27th, 6:23 am

I can not find the demo of single player god of war ascension in Psn…Why????
Please answer.

Atarius said:

February 27th, 9:27 am

Probably because the European store is like the North American one, not updating until late in the day for stuff. So my guess would be 5pm to maybe 8 or 9pm for you guys and gals.

Rammstein258 said:

February 28th, 8:58 am

Just tried out the demo there and I have to say, it’s all I could ever expect from a God of War game. Great graphics, great combat, and epic boss battles. Can’t wait to play the full thing in March!

digital_minion said:

March 4th, 12:12 pm

i pre-ordered on amazon.com, will i be getting the dlc content (it wasn’t mentioned when i ordered) or do i need to cancel that order and buy it from best buy/gamestop ?

rey701 said:

March 4th, 5:15 pm

For those that have already played the demo, are there any thoughts on who the “Fury Queen” might be? She was mentioned in a note found during the demo and is implied to be the mother of the Marked One. But how could this be? Callisto was never mentioned as being anything more than a normal human

digital_minion said:

March 5th, 9:26 am

@rey701…in gow ghost of sparta on the psp, callisto turns into a monster and fights kratos…that’s something more than a normal human.

PROSPEKT42 said:

March 20th, 12:10 pm

Now that the game has been out for little over a week I was wondering if there would ever be a digital download in the future? It seems odd that it doesn’t already exist and I’d much prefer to have a digital copy over a physical. Will a digital copy ever happen in the next few days?

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