GoW: Ascension to feature “brutal” online multiplayer

Monday, 30th April 2012 14:16 GMT By Johnny Cullen

God of War: Ascension director Todd Pappy has confirmed on the US PS Blog the game will have a multiplayer mode, the first time it has been introduced into the series.

Confirming long-held speculation, God of War: Ascension will feature online multiplayer. This’ll be the first time the GoW series has introduced it in its eight-year history.

“That’s right. God of War: Ascension will feature a ground-breaking new online multiplayer mode,” said Pappy.

“We wouldn’t do multiplayer in God of War unless we knew we could do it right. That’s why I’m extremely excited to finally be able to talk publicly about it and share all the gory details with you live. I even have some exclusive gameplay footage to share with you, so be sure to tune in to see it all live.”

That all kicks off at 4pm GMT today. GamesRadar has footage of the multiplayer in action here.

Eurogamer’s preview of the multiplayer has just gone live, confirming multiple modes for the game. Details show it’ll be a team-based gameplay with the action setpieces that God of War is known for. Players will have to choose which of the four Gods they’ll be representing under – Zeus, Poseidon, Hades or Ares.

Online had been speculated since rumours on the game started spilling out last year.

GoW: Ascension is set to launch next spring on PS3, according to the game’s listing on the US PlayStation website.



  1. Maximum Payne

    I already see that Sony will market it will yet another ”beta” :)
    And maybe if you buy Starhawk you will get early access or exclusive to beta/demo.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Can’t wait to completely ignore this feature.

    I’m kind of done with God of War anyway. They could’ve tried a new setting, but they didn’t and Greek mythology has gotten pretty boring now.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Dark

    gameplay video

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Razor

    Well seeing as it’s SSM, I’m prepared to give it a go.

    But I don’t know if GoW really needs a multi-player mode.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    Gameplay video is not that impressive graphically or with the gameplay to be honest. It looks like a simple beat em up…

    But i recently watched Anarchy Reign multiplayer being played by developers and that was fun.

    On topic, just because you can do a finisher with a monster (cyclops or whatever) in the end, that does not make it automatically a cool multiplayer game. First of all it must be fun killing other people because these finishers can be boring in the end.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    Just sorting out the images now. 20Mb a pop, helpfully.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. The_Red

    Another unwanted and unneeded mutliplayer mode for a singleplayer game that doesn’t need it (Dead Space and Assassin’s Creed say hi!).

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Patrick Garratt

    Shots added.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Gama_888

    @7 Just because its unwanted and un-needed doesnt mean it wont be fun.

    IMO the assassins creed multiplayer was fun. So its a nice little addition to keep u playing the game after the campaign.

    Hopefully this wont be like the assassins creed multiplayer though in the sense that they wont create a good campaign for the game.
    Although it does have that lovely little tagline “Ascension” which does kinda point to a jipped game with a flashy new multiplayer side to it.
    **Cough cough ** Brotherhood

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    It has to have it. See also Uncharted. If it’s a main Christmas game they can’t leave it out any more. Everyone expects it. I don’t see why it has to detract from the single-player at all.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. KAP

    Clearly people quick to shoot down Sony again, getting real boring now guys…. Seriously.

    Halo 4 or COD black ops 2 is welcome to these fools though.

    Ahhhh god *facepalm*

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    @10, you sure it’s a christmas game?

    All GoW games were released in march.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Patrick Garratt

    I’m pretty sure this is Q4, yeah. I’m not 100% though, no.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    ^ I’m pretty sure it was announced for spring 2013.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Ali Hayas

    Well, I would love to get Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks 2 ( or just a sequel to th first game that features Scorp and Sub) and I would love to see a similar multi mode there.

    If anything, this looks/seems more original and fun than Sony all stars…

    Now shoot me !

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Colin Gallacher

    Goodness me…those pictures.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Patrick Garratt

    @14 – Yeah, you’re right. Either way, it’s too big to not have some kind of online play.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Razor

    Think it’d make more sense to have Ascension as their big Xmas title rather than spring.

    But whatever.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Maximum Payne

    Then, we can safely say there is going to be online pass so kids who rent can check uber cool mp.And where is mp there is DLC.
    money to the roof I see.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    This is honestly the most refreshing take I’ve seen on the franchise since it began, and there’s a clear improvement in the graphics? It doesn’t look as “plastic” as the last one, which really took away from the nature of the setting and it’s themes.

    Looking forward to giving this a whirl. Can’t say I care much for the violence porn though – there’s definitely a point where its just overkill.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. mojo

    im horny

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Gekidami

    The live stream is on.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. polygem

    @11….halo should be welcome to anyone who likes mp games, because it is probably the best mp game/ franchise ever made…
    that said. this looks solid. gow mp could be really interesting and fun indeed.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. The_Red

    It could be decent but there is no precedent.

    I hate AC Brotherhood and its multiplayer. I hated BioShock 2′s mp mode and hated Dead Space 2′s mp mode (I know, gotta stop hating but come on).

    Also, I really REALLY don’t care about multiplayer in general. As a singleplayer fan, this is just pointless to me.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Deacon

    I agree with whomever said this looks more interesting than ‘Sony Smash Bros’!

    #25 3 years ago
  26. xino

    GOW Multiplayer!? YES!

    Thanks Sony and Santa Monica!
    I’ve always wanted this!

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Gama_888

    @Erth, What is wrong with you??
    not trying to start up some silly little internet argument or whatnot but just look at those screens man!

    Do you really not think they look fantastic?

    #27 3 years ago
  28. jdfoster00

    It looks insane! Can’t wait for this

    #28 3 years ago
  29. ManuOtaku

    #27, no probably it gave him a terrible headeche, you know he is so use to the top of the crop specs, this will make his eyes pretty sore ;).

    As for the topic at hand, i dont mind having multiplayer, if its done right it can be fun, like in assasins creed, at least it will be different that most shooters, and thats a great thing in my book.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Gama_888

    @29 i just dont understand how anyone can look at those and say “eugh”.

    Even if you are used to super high res images and whatnot, that look amazing, that doesn’t mean that these look bad.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. polygem

    it looks great indeed. good games don´t need good graphics anyway, artwork and gameplay counts…but in this case it looks like it´s got everything. that never hurts. can´t see a reason to complain.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. xino

    don’t argue with Erth.

    he’s a f*king troll and he just loves talking sh* about console and the graphics.

    arguing with Erth is like arguing with a woman you can never satisfy even though you give her 10000 orgasm!

    ignore the troll, and also ignore other pricks that roams the comment section.

    the game is sick man!

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Dannybuoy

    @Xino He’d probably troll a game about trolls with the best graphics eva that allowed you to kill other players and then post inflammatory comments about how shit they were.

    I think multiplayer could be fun. I’m up for it. Something new can’t be a bad thing. If its as fun as Uncharted 3 multiplayer then great. It’s not the greatest multiplayer ever but before U3 I’d never played any games online at all. But now I play it pretty much most nights. I’ve maxed out y ranking but drawn back for more. I still get my ass destroyed and presented to me as a hat most games but nothing beats a mammoth kill streak and makes it all the more enjoyable. If God of Wars multiplayer can provide me with this many hours of fun then bring it on. Screw the Luddites.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Yoshi

    So the first thing they show is the multiplayer that no one asked for :/ It doesn’t give this game much hope in my eyes, I would have preferred a trailer for singleplayer and then maybe some multiplayer chipped in, but all we get is a full on multiplayer piece. It seriously worries me.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Kabby

    This is what the kids want.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. polygem

    ahhh come on. i kinda like the idea of a gow multiplayer and i am a 36 yo kid

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Gekidami

    Why does only GamesRadar have footage? Didnt Sony send out a B-roll?

    #37 3 years ago
  38. TD_Monstrous69

    Admittingly, I am somewhat with the folks here, saying it doesn’t need it (it being multiplayer), but after seeing it in action, it looks like a very interesting and fun, God of War-esque taste on some traditional multiplayer modes used in many other online games (in the case of the video, Tod Papy mentioning the mode that was being shown being more in the wake of Domination). I can’t wait to see what’s revealed next for God of War: Ascension, as well as play it for myself when this either gets a beta or demo (cause you’d have to think Sony Santa Monica’s thinking about it), or when it comes out.

    #38 3 years ago

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