God of War going multiplayer?

Sony Computer Entertainment America Santa Monica hiring online programmers to craft leaderboards and matchmaking.

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Single-player-only games are an increasingly rare breed, with only a few marquee series lacking a multiplayer component. These include the Elder Scrolls and Fallout from Bethesda Softworks, BioWare's Mass Effect and Dragon Age, and Sony's God of War.

Could Kratos' rampages soon go multiplayer?

Now, though, it looks like the latter franchise may be getting a multiplayer component. Sony Computer Entertainment America Santa Monica is currently hiring a senior online programmer to "join the God of War team!" Applicants must have experience "designing and implementing systems and tools to support networking needs (such as in-game communication, client-server, matchmaking, [and] leaderboards)." (Emphasis added.)

That latter part of the ad makes it sound like SCEA Santa Monica's next project will support online multiplayer in some form or another. (SCEA reps had not commented on the matter as of press time.) However, there is no guarantee that the studio's next game will be an entry in the God of War series, although the finale of God of War III did leave open the possibility for a sequel.

For more on God of War III, read GameSpot's full review of the game.

Discussion

320 comments
kratospete
kratospete

about the leaderborads ireallylike the idea but the multiplayer thing ... my god no!!!!

subtenko
subtenko

Everyone whos played GOW3 and played the 1st part of the LAST BOSS fight and liked it...gow multiplayer should be fun for you too! HOW could you not light that part!? It was the most epic experience ive had in a fighting game! better than Mortal Kombat

yeebsey
yeebsey

getting sick of multiplayer for multiplayers sake. games like assassins creed and god of war really dont need these features. there nothing better than an engrossing story that hooks you from start to finish. i think pointless multiplayer just detracts from this. its like suddenly bioware tacking on a mp mode to dragon age or mass effect. unnecessary and would probably come at the price of the quality of single player

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Absolutely no idea how a God of War multiplayer game would work, or even can work.

LJELLZ
LJELLZ

I don't know about this. What's wrong with having an awesome single player adventure? Isn't that the reason why we love this series and why it is sosuccessful anyway?

jonnybutler11
jonnybutler11

coop would be cool, like trials of saint Lucia type thing, but pvp would also be interesting, like boss fights except one of the players get to be Zeus, hades, Hermes, etc. even Deimos!

DoomRider13
DoomRider13

Damn, I love God of War but in multiplayer how it's possible without having many characters available to play with! Not a bunch of Kratos swarming all over the damn place! What kind of multiplayer modes will be included? The best would be coop mode!

advanracer
advanracer

Great now theres gona be 20 Kratos Characters running around LMAo.

raptures330
raptures330

This...is...a...terrible...idea. Less budget for the singleplayer and awesomesauce. GoW4: Shorter SP Edition (Now with stitched on multiplayer) Sad panda....

oscarsephiroth
oscarsephiroth

what about like people who doesnot like online games like me o_O please don't stop making singleplayer games

kabutonaruto
kabutonaruto

Kratos will kill the other player for disturbing him.

jamerncc1701
jamerncc1701

I can imagine coop as long as the weapons aren't hooked to chains. "Sorry dude, I cut your head off from ten feet away on accident." However, without that brutality and sense of being overpowered in combat, it just wouldn't feel like god of war anymore. Single-player only would be best.

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

God of War with MP. IDK how that will work without it looking pretty bad.

idk35
idk35

I think the God of War series dosen't need online or co-op, but i think it needs an online leaderboard of challenge rooms and what not. But it some magical reason they do decide to put in online for god of war then ill give it a chance, but if it sucks @$$ then i hope they make an awsome single player

organbank
organbank

Meh. MP sucks hard in Australia because of the freakin LAAAAAAAAAAAAG!

dz99ls
dz99ls

@Koi-Neon-X, Because not every game needs multiplayer or co-op generally its hurts strong SP franchises more than it helps.

Keitha313
Keitha313

RE5 co-op was understandable it worked... It would be more difficult to make it work in a similar fashion to that game, I mean would both characters share the same screen? This is going to be a difficult thing to make work effectively but props for them trying if that's what they are doing?

bakasmiley
bakasmiley

GOW series is cool as it is but if you have to put multiplayer element in it, make it a co-op one. There's nothing like sharing the gore with your love ones.

bakasmiley
bakasmiley

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KCKING23
KCKING23

@021-vincent as long as ninja theory does not gets we all good but other than that well damn kratos would probably find that adenose or what every that guy name is and beat him sense less

John_Read
John_Read

nonsense look at what happened to RE5

021-Vincent
021-Vincent

If They Wanna Make A New God Of War Game Please Don't Change The Character Or Anything Else In The Story !! Cause When I Saw Dante In Devil May Cry 5 Or Called DMC I Was Very Disappointed !!! I Hope They Only Get A New Story For God Of War 4 That's All !!!

5cott
5cott

It doesn't need multiplayer but if it really wants to, it could have co-op or an online 'skill' leaderboard competing for level times, skills or something? Generic bogstandard online multiplayer (3rd person brawling using the GoW characters) could be disasterous - especially if it affects the single player campaign length.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

GOW does not need multiplayer. It already is a great series, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

mtait01
mtait01

@Master_Turismo I'm not going to write this off right away. I remember when assassins creed multiplayer was announced and i automatically trash talked it as nonsense and then I loved it. Hopefully it will be done right, if not, the single player is still epic anyway :p

FlameRiser
FlameRiser

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joeborg14
joeborg14

And thus begins (continues?) the rape of the God of War franchise. Commence disregard for legacy and swinish grabs for money.

RO-nIn187
RO-nIn187

interesting idea but anything else than a coop mode wouldnt make sense... and coop with whom? kratos and fear kratos? :) or maybe the brother mentioned in the first part extras will finally have a part in the game... i would love another gow, loved every one (except the psp titles since i dont own a psp.... yet)

therealsomeguy
therealsomeguy

Mulitplayer is an interesting concept for God Of War, its just not suited for any sort of compeditive multiplayer, but co-op COULD work of course they would need to change some things such as slow-mo hits I think ill keep an interested eye on this

DarkBuhamut
DarkBuhamut

It just so happens that the games mentioned in this post (plus the FF console games) are my favourite games on ps3. Local multiplayer or coop is always a welcome change of pace. Just don't go ruining the single player experience by cramming a online experience for supposed longevity and/or popularity. That goes for God of war and the other greats mentioned in this post.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

if anything its probally a coop mode which it doesnt need

gMcR
gMcR

God of War going multiplayer? I hope not.. :(

beanofengland
beanofengland

I trust them enough to make something amazing, whatever it is, it will be amazing...

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

God Of War is not getting multi-player. If anything they plan on making an MMO like Vindictus with God Of War combat, which I doubt is going to happen.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

As much as I love God of War, I can't really see it as a multiplayer title. Just doesn't say workable to me.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

God of war Spin-off. A fighting game Since Kratos has guest starred in Mortal Kombat 2011 and Soul Calibur Broken Destiny. A fighting game seems to be a good on-line mulitplayer. The traditional God of War type of game does not seem to be suited to On-line muliplayer gaming. So must be a spin off of some kind.

Venom_Raptor
Venom_Raptor

@aj_marquez Whatever, I'm not even going to say anything more. People such as yourself just annoy me too much that writing what I truly think would be a bannable offence.

thribs
thribs

Kratos should now take on the Egyptian Gods!

ratt19
ratt19

I personally don't really care for multiplayer games, as I have a hard time with some games & get yelled at because I'm not going fast enough.

ash162
ash162

i guess it will be online leaderboards. Otherwise hundreds Kratos' running around and killing each other would be ridiculous.......

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I ignore online MP in all games. This will be no different.

HaRdNiPs
HaRdNiPs

this is probably a promo for mk. gow multiplayer would never happen. i wouldn't mind leaderboards it makes me have an excuse to play it over and over again just to beat a score. stop thinking in the box they're trying to make you play it again it's call playability look at deus ex everything is complete so there won't be dlc. you guys are one minded something new isn't all that bad. so if there's leaderboards and that's it i'm fine with this update but if there's like mk or mvc or any other fighting game i'm out.

redeer
redeer

Some games need to stick to single player, they turn out to be the overall best games. This game is one of them.

true_hurdler
true_hurdler

It never fails...Every single time some news pops up about something new and different coming to some area of gaming ppl get in an uproar and bash it before its even implemented. Damn ppl, why are u so anti-freakin-innovation??