God of War: Ascension gets multiplayer

Sony introducing new persistent feature to series with upcoming prequel; Team Execution game type detailed.

The God of War is making the jump to multiplayer. When the series prequel God of War: Ascension arrives on the PlayStation 3 next year, it will do so with a new multiplayer mode, Sony has confirmed.

There is no "I" in God of War. Pretty soon, there won't be one in this Cyclops, either.

While the publisher has not revealed the extent of the mode yet, it has detailed one game type. The Team Execution mode will feature two groups of four players battling for control of a specific part of the map. In one version of the game, the teams fight to activate a cog chained to a giant imprisoned Cyclops, with the winning team earning the right to kill the helpless monster.

The game's multiplayer mode will feature some persistent features as players develop their Troy or Spartan soldiers over time. Performance on the battlefield can yield blessings from the gods in the form of new perks, weapons, and abilities. There will also be a number of different combat roles for players depending on the god they associate themselves with, be it Hades, Poseidon, Zeus, or Ares.

Speculation about a multiplayer mode for God of War picked up last year when job listings at Sony Santa Monica called for people to join the God of War development team to create multiplayer services for the franchise. However, when Ascension was first announced earlier this month, Sony's official product page for the game specified that it was a single-player adventure with no online mode.

For more on God of War: Ascension multiplayer, check out GameSpot's first look at the mode.

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drakekratos
drakekratos

God of War:Ascension with multiplayer? Oooh I might have to buy this

Shafeza87
Shafeza87

The coolest game ever..Can't wait to have it!!

Kingofbluelions
Kingofbluelions

I'm guessing I'm the only person that's NOT excited for the new GOW. The series is good, but I think it's time to put Kratos to rest before his image gets tainted like the Duke.

jonybeans13
jonybeans13

The only reason why they are adding MP is so they can put a online pass code on the game. If it was just single player alot of people would just wait for a cheap used copy.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Interesting to see how that would work.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Ugh, do we need multiplayer for ANOTHER game?

VilandasUK
VilandasUK

The multiplayer is going to fucking suck

 

SolidTy
SolidTy

The old comments are just gone...wow.

As far as this MP 4 vs 4, it looks like it could fun. The priority is of course delivering a great GOW SP game, which Sony Santa Monica has already proven they can do with their AAA metacritically rated GOW 1, GOW 2, and GOW3.

redluigi11
redluigi11

not sure that this was really needed but i guess as long as the SP is good i can do what i do with the uncharted games and just not care about MP

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

Will this be fist fighting cuz I can't see any other way to play MP

lewishim666
lewishim666

The only way multiplayer could be good in GoW is if they have Aphrodite working the pole naked in the middle of every multiplayer map. All kidding aside multiplayer just doesn't fit. At least with bioshock it kind of made since because there was a civil war that destroyed rapture before the first game.

TTDog
TTDog

@Henninger: Since when has that stopped companies shoe-horning multiplayer into games where it just isn't needed? Bioshock... Mass Effect and such like.

Henninger
Henninger

God of War is not a multiplayer type of game. I feel this is a bad idea. But im getting it for the story & not the multiplayer.

Uchiha_Sasuke1
Uchiha_Sasuke1

GoW sounds like a good idea for multiplayer. Its still hard to believe an adventure game like GoW could be made into a multiplayer game. Well competition is tough these days when it comes to multiplayer, Good Luck to team Kratos.

PS3fan4
PS3fan4

The multiplayer looks pretty good so far.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@shadowhunter0 Until I see what they are really doing, I'm not going to pass judgement on what the multiplayer will be like. It's hard to be excited for multiplayer components in single-player focused games; especially when there is an iconic character as the lead. History of games proves this to be a problem. That's not to say that the developer isn't working hard at it. I'm sure they are. It's also easy for us gamer's to assume that the money and time would be better spent on the core of the single-player game instead. Only time will tell if the game can beat expectations and pull off a decent multiplayer component.

demonic_85
demonic_85

@PixelAddict My guess is that they think tacking on multiplayer will help the game sell a lot more copies like big name FPS.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@TimboII I was kind of thinking the same thing. Bioshock didn't need it. Interesting idea, but my buds and I tried it one time. Same for Assassin's Creed. Why are relatively great single-player experiences being tarnished with a multiplayer mode? As someone else said, playing as Kratos is all about being the toughest character ever to be... and now there will be several other toughest characters all trying to kill me. Same could be said for Assassin's Creed and Bioshock. People are quick to say "if it doesn't take away from the single player experience, I'm fine with it", but... how can it NOT? These programmers have limited time. Balancing for multiplayer is no short and simple task.

TimboII
TimboII

Great. Another gaming series that gets a tacked on multiplayer component that doesn't need it....(ahem, Bioshock)

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@whiteagle18 I think I know why you say it should be Sparta .vs. Athens. Is it because that would basically be Ares .vs. Athena? The thing is Athens' military was nothing compared to Sparta's. Troy would give Sparta more of a challenge. Besides, I wouldn't say Troy was better known than Athens. Athens still exists as a major city after all.

nousername66
nousername66

I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with MP, more incentive to buy a game with a decent mp component.

Mondrath
Mondrath

Aaaaaaaannnnnnddddd, Sony decides to flush GOW down the toilet. (maybe Kratos can then fight the Greek god of detritus) :)

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

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PodXCOM
PodXCOM

OH THAT POOR CYCLOPS! It.... he didn't even do anything, and they brutally kill him! :( Talk about a snuff film.

Axe_Armor
Axe_Armor

@ahpuck Well, I would suggest just letting the series fade away with dignity after running its course, but nope, there's still money to milk from this cow.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@yixingtpot Blaming xbox or Microsoft for GOW's multiplayer? That is hillarious to say the least! I wish there was a cure for fanboyism. Wait, I think there is! Play several different gaming devices, multiple hours a day, then watch as the fanboy-itist goes away!

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

The only online feature I would like would be a co-op feature. Looks like they ruled that out in the article though.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I'd rather they didn't even incorporate multiplayer in this series, instead I'd rather they use that dev time to refine the game, or create extra levels. I'm not hating on it , and I'll still get it, but I don't really think about multiplayer when I pick up a GOW game. I am stoked to know that there is another GOW game on the horizon though!!

melvz99
melvz99

sorry FBOX360 fan boyz!!!! your saliva will drop because of envy!!! hahaha!

servb0ts
servb0ts

I still have GOW 1-3 new in shrink wrap, on my backlog, when i'm in the mood 4 gaming I may play these before 4 comes out :P

whiteagle18
whiteagle18

Should be Spartan and Athenian but I guess Troy is more popular and known.

ForsakenWicked
ForsakenWicked

The concept for MP seems a little interesting. I hope the campaign is top notch and the MP is developed creatively in order for it to be fun.

drknessfeeds
drknessfeeds

@ EllieStranger Except for the fact that all of those games included guns as the primary weapon and you so politly calling everone dumb who does not like the idea I can see your point. I love alll of those game but I did not play the MP for them except for a few matches of Uncharted. I like my single player games. I am only concerned that the MP will take up single player resorces and I doubt they will have an arena mode now due to the MP which I prefer. Just my opinion.

ahpuck
ahpuck

Well, they needed to do something drastic. Another round of single player GoW sounds boring to me. I mean, what else can they do? they have done it all, and they have done it all the right way.

omar_shaolin
omar_shaolin

stop f******* complaining about it, if u don't like the multi, DON'T f***** PLAY IT!!! just play the single, it's as simple as that...

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

This game is going to be sweet! With or without multi-player. I just love the GOW story lines.

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

I'm sure people will be playing this heavily.....for the first month or so.

Lotus-Edge
Lotus-Edge

Interesting... but what do we play as? Spartans? Minotaurs?!

dre256x
dre256x

Tacked on jibberish..

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@EllieStranger More or less like you using caps @Setsuka13 Amen to that.

Nexus_Gage
Nexus_Gage

God of War is a franchisee that has bettered itself with every game, in every aspect...... Just leave it to Santa Monica studios.... They know what they're doing....

moaskain
moaskain

God of War should have ended with 3. multiplayer is gonna suck.

jwhdavison
jwhdavison staff

 @SolidTy some comments are still migrating from the old system. We have 16 years of stuff and its an enormous project. Everything should be back to normal very soon