Prequel details Kratos' emotional story of redemption, while introducing competitive multiplayer
Sony Computer Entertainment has released a new video for God of War: Ascension, developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) Santa Monica Studio and due to be available in North America on March 12th, 2013, in UK & Ireland on 15th March 2013, Australia & New Zealand on 14th March 2013, and in rest of Europe/PAL on 13th March 2013.
A global multiplayer beta will start in the near future and will be available exclusively first to PlayStation Plus subscribers.
In multiplayer, your first decision will be to pledge your allegiance to one of four 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 various combat maneuvers, the "attack-style" of the God you align with is critical to your Warriors "path".
In the Favor of the Gods multiplayer mode, the first team to accumulate a target amount of "points" will claim victory. 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.