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God of War: Ascension: 1v1 Multiplayer Mode, New Maps Out Now

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Champions! Our latest 1.09 update is available now, including the much anticipated new 1v1 mode – Bout of Honor! You can view the full change list at the official site.

Since the dawn of our multiplayer, warriors have cried out to the Gods asking for @SonySantaMonica to create a mode where Champions can pit their skills against each other without distraction. I am here to tell you, combatants, the time has finally come!

In Bout of Honor, two warriors will put their lives and reputations on the line to win the best of seven rounds in this strictly 1v1 mode. Bout of Honor is a true contest of skill with no chests, fountains, or world weapons to aid you. This mode also disables relics and allows for a Champion’s magic to regenerate over time. Beware, my brothers in arms, magic generates slowly over time so use it sparingly. If you are careless you may end up like the Prophet Castor, with your head underneath another warrior’s boot.

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Along with this brand new mode come four new maps specifically crafted for Bout of Honor:

  • Canyons of Kirra
  • Chamber of the Flame
  • Landing at Delos
  • Streets of Sparta

The developers at Sony Santa Monica have been painstakingly crafting a mode for both fans of fighting games and the legions of Champions playing Ascension’s multiplayer to enjoy. The team has made some balancing tweaks especially for Bout of Honor to ensure matches are fought in a fair and honorable fashion. Infinites have been removed, overpowered weapons tweaked, and damage from 100% combos adjusted.

God of War: Ascension on PS3

Lastly, warriors who are not quite ready to rely solely on the strength of their blade but still wish to acquire the Favor of the Gods will enjoy a brand new 4-player map – The Whirlpool of Alecto. A nod to one of the greatest moments in God of War: Ascension’s single player campaign, The Whirlpool of Alecto features a giant leviathan whose sole purpose is to unleash Alecto’s fury in the form of physical pain onto any unsuspecting warrior careless enough to venture into its domain. The level also features elevated terrain sections for knocking over, slamming, and stunning your opponents.

The best part is that these features are all free, right now! Praise be to the Gods for hearing our cries! The team at Sony Santa Monica would like to give a special thanks to the thousands of Champions worldwide supporting the team by playing God of War: Ascension multiplayer.

God of War: Ascension on PS3

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We are calling upon all the Champions of PlayStation Nation for feedback on Bout of Honor. Doing so will net you a free digital download of our “Mark of the Gods” pack.

To participate in the PSN Champions Community Event you have two simple and fun tasks:

  • Play our new free Mode, Bout of Honor
  • Post your feedback on our official message boards in THIS THREAD any time starting today through July 12th. Feedback must be deemed constructive. Spam will not be accepted.

We will record all PSN ID’s on our forums who leave feedback in the sticky thread and award you a digital download code for the “Mark of the Gods” pack the following week via XMB on PSN.

Your feedback is sincerely appreciated, thank you!

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Mad-Dominator0 said:

July 11th, 12:36 pm

Really hope I pick GoW Ascension up later on. Definitely intrigued by both the single player and multiplayer portions of this game! Ohh and we PS All Stars fans want Dart. #ReleaseDart.

D-Squad3 said:

July 11th, 12:42 pm

The PlayStation All-Stars Community speaks, we want Dart Feld for PSASBR!


seganintendoubi said:

July 11th, 12:47 pm

Us PlayStation All-Stars fans want Dart from Legend of Dragoon to get back in production!

T3DV0L70L1N4 said:

July 11th, 12:49 pm

A co-op campaign mode would be fun.

Ventus_Fury said:

July 11th, 12:51 pm

The PlayStation All-Stars Community speaks, we want Dart Feld for PSASBR! Please for the love of Happy fans out there!


KMart0002 said:

July 11th, 12:51 pm

I’d love for Dart to be DLC for Playstation All-Stars! Give the game some well-deserved attention please :)

ossiecastro5 said:

July 11th, 1:00 pm

So, you give GoW a 1vs1 mode. The PSASBR asked for this a lot an you never even responded!

More importantly, the PSASBR community wants Dart. Almost 1000 signed the petition. Over a thousand tweeted thousands of tweets. Yet, you seem to ignore us!

Give All Stars the respect it deserves and give us Dart!


Mad-Dominator0 said:

July 11th, 1:01 pm

Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart Dart!!!

erickt123 said:

July 11th, 1:02 pm

The community of Playstation All-Stars speaks to you Sony Santa Monica! We want Dart from Legend of Dragoon for Playstation All-Stars!

francesco734 said:

July 11th, 1:06 pm

Why would you ignore us? WE WANT DART! GIVE US DART!


leostrike3 said:

July 11th, 1:07 pm

Yeah I think that’s cool and all but what about some support for Playstation All-Star Battle Royale? We’ve been here for months with nothing new . Also #ReleaseDart.

fireyhotFemz said:

July 11th, 1:17 pm

This is all great content for GOWA. but the fact of the matter is that you promised that you would support allstars, now i hear Dart was scrapped as dlc this isn’t fair towards the psallstars fanbase. GOWA keeps getting updates while all stars is left in the dust. fans are begging you from day to night each single day to #ReleaseDart you never give us a proper response. all we would like is for Dart to be released.

Bardonic said:

July 11th, 1:24 pm

This is cool and all buuuuuttt… Can we please have Dart for PSASBR? He would be A great addition! ^^

damagealertalt said:

July 11th, 1:27 pm

i know we flooded it,but what else can we do?

VantXX said:

July 11th, 1:28 pm

PSABR is still alive, and the fans are speaking. The community is still active and people still support the game. You can’t kill a fanbase that easily.

francesco734 said:

July 11th, 1:29 pm

There’s nothing bad about flooding if they don’t care about us. We must be heard.

Dark_Yoda_313 said:

July 11th, 1:38 pm

I only recently bought Ascension and I must say that the multiplayer is very unforgiving to a new player. I’ve finished every God of War game that there has been, and played through the multiplayer tutorial a couple of times, but I just get destroyed online. It’s a very demoralising experience indeed and has soured my opinion of the game a great deal. Single player is as satisfying as other games in the series, but there is little fun to be had for new players online.

Bo-bobozuki said:

July 11th, 1:43 pm

Oh boy, guiz! Moar godz of wahr! But seriously, #ReleaseDart. I swear to god (not war) I would buy him, the rival (which there should be since it was said every character gets the same treatment (arcade, rival, etc.)) and the stage day 1. And I know I’m not the only one who still supports this game. Hell, just look at the other comments.

ossiecastro5 said:

July 11th, 1:47 pm


We are just a few of thousands that want Dart and are willing to do anything for Dart!


Real_Radec13 said:

July 11th, 1:47 pm

This 1v1 one mode looks sick. Finally there is a game mode thats all about skill.

Also the PS All-Stars community is still strong and we want more support. Release Dart since all the fans are asking for him.


tusunami said:

July 11th, 1:55 pm

This is great to see the support for this game ongoing!!!!!!!!!!!

DarkScorpion666 said:

July 11th, 1:58 pm

More love for PS AllStars please!


Ongan-San said:

July 11th, 2:03 pm

That is all.

badboodah77 said:

July 11th, 2:17 pm

Am I the only one that noticed gauntlets at the end of the trailer?

WellSeeYouLater said:

July 11th, 2:19 pm

The DLC weapons and armour are overpowered, as are people with high level characters and characters who’ve “ascended” (reset their level after reaching the cap). Characters who reach ascension get other bonuses. If you’re not fielding a top-level character who’s ascended twice and has DLC weapons and armour you don’t stand a chance. You have to pay-to-win and grind-to-win in order to compete online.

Cotrip said:

July 11th, 2:37 pm

Please SSM, release Dart and more stuff for PSASBR.


Negimafan said:

July 11th, 2:41 pm

We want PSASBR support.


Novallyy said:

July 11th, 2:50 pm

They don’t need updates we do. #ReleaseDart

Gscorpio14 said:

July 11th, 2:51 pm

Is God of War Ascension full game going to be available on the PlayStation Store anytime soon?

Gamerzlimited said:

July 11th, 3:20 pm

Still not going to buy this garbage of a game, unless you do something about Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale and all the other games you abandoned like Fat Princess, Twisted Metal, and Starhawk.


AriesWarlock said:

July 11th, 3:26 pm

@Quentin Ramsey

1 vs 1 trailer looks awesome. Thanks for the new maps and the work you guys have done.

I would like to join the other users asking for the inclusion of Dart in PASBR, lots of people asked for at least one RPG character, seems kinda bad they are not getting it when it was already designed.

Quentin Ramsey, could you pitch this idea to the people above? How about Playstation holds like a yearly tournament for competitive games like GOW:A, PASBR, Twisted Metal, and Fat Princess?
Sega did their Sega Cup and they had Virtua Figher. Capcom did the SF 25 anniversary tournament. Would be cool if Playstation did something similar like this to help its games grow and attract people.

Astroking112 said:

July 11th, 3:30 pm

About ready to delete some more comments, Sony Santa Monica? You can’t hide from this one. We will keep fighting until you at least provide a reasonable answer as to why Dart can’t be included anymore.


Novallyy said:

July 11th, 3:35 pm

Still not going to buy this garbage of a game, unless you do something about Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale and all the other games you abandoned like Fat Princess, Twisted Metal, and Starhawk.

BkzUzi said:

July 11th, 3:58 pm

This is why I hate SSM. Why don’t you update some other games besides GoW. You abandon every single game that isn’t GoW.

snakeeyes211 said:

July 11th, 4:05 pm

I just played it.The one on one is amazing the maps are awesome
2 thumbs-up

Gamerzlimited said:

July 11th, 4:18 pm

@33 lol, you just copied and pasted my post. And just to let anyone know, I did play GoW:A (The single player) and it was pretty good. But I refuse to buy a copy for myself to play the multiplayer due to SSM’s terrible support. Unless I see more support for Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, I will change my mind.

Ryuhza said:

July 11th, 4:21 pm

I really like the GoW Ascension Multiplayer!

That said, I like PlayStation All-Stars even more. We’d for more content to get back into production for the game, like Dart for instance.


And the money shall be yours.

Rytteren said:

July 11th, 4:25 pm


ItsLuigiTime said:

July 11th, 4:26 pm

While God of War is a fantastic series, I don’t feel that it should warrant the abandonment of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, a very underrated celebration of PlayStation’s history. There are even costumes contained in the game’s code that have not been released yet– a fact that many fans are now aware of. And now, to add insult to injury, one of the most requested first-party characters was revealed to have been cancelled, rather than released as DLC.

Please, Sony Santa Monica. It can’t be too difficult to support both games equally.


ossiecastro5 said:

July 11th, 4:31 pm

Santa Monica, you already did a lot for GoW:A. When will you give updates and Dart for All Stars too?


littlejcr said:

July 11th, 5:06 pm

Nice to see GoW:A Is still getting support…. Speaking of SSM games that need support the community of PSABR is screaming SSM #ReleaseDart. We know you hear us.

EmperorLawlight said:

July 11th, 5:09 pm


G-SCYTHE said:

July 11th, 5:15 pm

I hate hashtags but #ReleaseDart

Adelflame said:

July 11th, 5:25 pm

I love GOW:A love the updates, got the season pass for any future dlc, and im patiently waiting for a triple xp event…but how about some allstars love? i just got ascension to get zeus and isaac for free, and altough you guys hate allstars, you cant deny the game its pretty much alive with an always growing online comunity, this game deserves a second chance. MAKE IT HAPPEN #releasedart #releasecrash

mtjjrstccw1 said:

July 11th, 5:28 pm

Dear SSM,
Speaking of DLC…I know of a certain game that had a dlc character canned (Dart for PSASBR) and was wondering if you could please bring him back please? This game is amazing and has a fully dedicated fanbase that is willing to purchase more content for this game.
I mean look at this! All these petitions with thousands of signatures all for 1 character, and he isn’t the only one…this fanbase, no matter the odds, will always back this game, always support it…That says alot, So please start supporting this game, we really appreciate it and all the work that has gone into it.
I hope you take the time to listen, not just to hear all of the things fans ask for in this game, and Thank You for your time.
Sincerely, mtjjrstccw1

MoHSalim said:

July 11th, 6:30 pm

I know Santa Monica doesn’t care for its fans, but check this out:


Support Playstaion’s All Stars. It’s a great game with lots of potential.

Trannol said:

July 11th, 7:10 pm

#ReleaseCrash, aww shucks, who am I kidding? We don’t have rights to him, we don’t have his model, and or anything! But hey, #ReleaseDart does!!!!!

It’d be nice to just hear official feedback from Santa Monica Studios themselves to whether support will be given to PSABR or not, there are still a fair amount of glitches and balance issues that need to be addressed.

wiijack94 said:

July 11th, 7:10 pm

Don’t abandon a game that has potential to be great. Especially that it shows a lot of beloved Playstation memories. if you release classic characters like Crash, Spyro, Tomba, Abe and Dart, the playstation fans and others with fond memories of their games will come to Playstation AllStars Battle Royale. And if you do this, or at least update the game with many cool dlc characters, costumes and stages, and improve the online, its fanbase will grow, allowing you guys, or some other first party developer to make PSASBR 2 for PS4


derede1 said:

July 11th, 7:30 pm

God of War is nice. But All-stars is even better. No arrows, only Dart. #releasesDart

Go_Buddie_Go said:

July 11th, 7:33 pm

If you folks have no intentions of releasing Dart at all, at least let us, the community know. Even if it’s in a tweet, blog post, youtube video, etc. Just don’t leave us in the dark.

Just like my fellow gamers above. #ReleaseDart

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