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God of War multiplayer divides analysts

Wednesday, 2nd May 2012 01:09 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The surprise inclusion of a multiplayer mode in God of War: Ascension has some analysts cheering, and others a bit stumped.

Speaking to GamesIndustry, EEDAR’s Jesse Divnich seemed confident in Sony’s decision to go multiplayer.

“EEDAR has run numerous studies on the impact on multiplayer on game sales. We have found that when executed properly, multiplayer does have a positive impact on initial and long-term sales,” he said.

The analyst noted it’s risky for developers “to simply tack on a multiplayer component thinking it will be the silver bullet solution to long-term sales and a reduction in used sales”, but seemed pretty sure that’s not the case this time.

“We are confident that the Santa Monica Studio recognizes the common pitfalls. As a studio with a great pedigree, I am sure any multiplayer component will be additive to the God of War experience and not simply a tacked on feature,” he added.

Meanwhile, outspoken favourite Michael Pachter of Wedbush morgan was less impressed.

“It’s an interesting move, and something I think gamers will like, but it’s odd to see it in a third-person game, and especially odd because it’s not a shooter,” he said.

“I think God of War fans will love it, but am not sure it will move the needle on sales.”

Check out Sony’s presentation on God of War: Ascension here. It’s expected on PlayStation 3 next northern spring.

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4 Comments

  1. MegaGeek1

    This just in: Some analysts think the glass is half empty, while others think its half full. Michael Pachter can’t predict how a non FPS, non Call of Duty or or non GTA game is going to sell… and the sky is blue.

    ZZZZzzzzzzzzz

    #1 3 years ago
  2. xino

    I guess Pacther must be looking at it in a “successful” term.
    Yea it’s true that we haven’t got a proper 3rd person multiplayer game that the original was single player which was the main theme of the game.
    Which is he wrong, Metal Gear Solid Online had great multiplayer and wasn’t tacked on.

    Again Patcher must be looking at it as a BIG successful multiplayer game like COD.

    why do every body compare games especially with multiplayer to COD? Its becoming very annoying!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. The_Deleted

    How much do you think an analyst gets paid to spout predictable crap like this?
    While worthwhile people are losing their jobs left, right and centre these asshats are still employed!?!?!?!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. KAP

    The thing with this is he’s not official yet people listen to his fraff like he is.
    Each an everyone of us can do what he does.
    @1
    I couldn’t of said it better dude lol

    #4 3 years ago

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