God of War Ascension: ‘Kratos has morals, won’t kill civilians’ – Sony

Monday, 20th August 2012 16:58 GMT By Dave Cook

God of War: Ascension stars a very different Kratos, a man who doesn’t feel the need to kill everything in his path. He even feels morally opposed to killing innocent civilians, says Sony Santa Monica’s lead designer Mark Simon.

Speaking with Polygon Simon gave an example of how Kratos is more human in Ascension:

“For example, there’s the guy who’s against the wall, and there’s a fire, and in order to get past him Kratos just kills him and moves on. I think what the Kratos in this game would do is, he would try to move around the guy”, Simon explained.

“He wouldn’t try to kill him to move on”, Simon continued, “He’s not going to go massively out of his way or anything like that, he is very driven to do what he does — the guy is a Spartan general, he’s killed hundreds and hundreds of people.

“But the civilians in this case,”Simon added, “he doesn’t kill any civilian, here. The ones that are killing the civilians are the beasts that he’s fighting against, and we want to get back to that. Because it’s important to know that, like, these guys are terrorizing the workers on this statue.”

“Kratos is going to go in and fight those guys, so in a way he’s more heroic for doing things like this. When the Juggernaut shows up, he kills three guys just like that, and Kratos runs in and fights this guy. That’s the monster, in this game, not Kratos.”

A humanised Kratos: Do you like this idea or not? Let us know below.



  1. TerraZet

    Nobody wants this, even as a GoW fan, I’m not even remotely interested in this

    #1 2 years ago
  2. killersense

    speak for yourself terrazet. it has solid gameplay and looks great and probably even better than god of war 3. i am not going to say like certain fans that they are not milking it though :P

    #2 2 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    Gotta agree with TerraZet. Not interested in this game in the slightest.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dark

    Hey as long as kratos can rape and kill women , i’m all good.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dragon246


    #5 2 years ago
  6. Clupula

    @4 – I don’t recall a single game in the series where Kratos actually rapes anyone.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Clupula

    As a fan of the series, I feel like they are doing every single thing that no God of War fan is asking for. No one wants a prequel. We already know his past. We wanted the series to move on to a new pantheon and a new mythology for Kratos to kill. No one wants multiplayer. The series’ focus has always been on a strong single player campaign. No one wants a gentler Kratos. That is one of the many reasons Chains of Olympus sucked.

    It looks damn pretty, but I’m not excited about it at all. I’ll probably still pick it up, but they aren’t doing anything for me, even as someone who actually bought a PS3 partially because I knew God of War 3 was coming to it.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Sini

    after 5 GoW games, what they showed of the single player was just too similar. Unlike nintendo tards, we have higher standards sony.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. OrbitMonkey

    Oh dear their messing with the power fantasy of hundreds of little dweebs. Their will be blood in the forums :-(

    #9 2 years ago
  10. killersense

    @7 god of war 4 for ps4 will give what you are asking for :P

    this is them cashing in on the install base which is fine as almost every major franchise does which is to cater to the fanbase and make some money. atleast with sony we are getting new ips and these big franchises help to offset some of the losses they might incur with new ips. the benefit is if the new ip is a hit then that in turn can help another new franchise out and so on so forth and that is what i think sony does when they take a lot of risks with new ips.

    i am interested because i know it will provide a satisfactory experience as it has solid gameplay mechanics and looks great,

    #10 2 years ago
  11. AHA-Lambda

    @8 – I wouldn’t have phrased it like that but essentially yes -_-

    I feel no inclination to play this at all after 5 other games that are all just the same; especially when this is yet another bloody prequel.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. The_Red

    While you’re at it, why not make a porn movie without sex? Seriously, what on earth are they doing? Do they really think people liked the first God of War because of the deep, moral characterization!?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Maximum Payne

    Well, at least they aren’t calling it god of war 4 !

    #13 2 years ago
  14. AHA-Lambda

    “Do they really think people liked the first God of War because of the deep, moral characterization!?”

    Tbh, the first GoW to me was the only real stand out in the series due to its story.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Stoopid_Snot

    Wait what? Kratos has the Blades of Chaos which means he is or was working for Ares. If I remember correctly didn’t the cutscenes in GoW1 shown that Kratos was killing anybody who defined Ares, no matter if civilian or not. But hey at least there will be an new interesting side to Kratos….

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Clupula

    @15 – Well, this is AFTER his service to Ares.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. ManuOtaku

    I only hope all the weapons feel different this time and for that worthy of play, in GOW 3, the only weapon besides the blades that add a different play style was the cestus (hercules weapon), the rest were almost useless and almost the same IMHO, or something that adds different gameplay style to spice things up a little bit, as far as multiplayer goes i will not touch it.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    @7: Absolutely agree with everything you said.

    @14: Agreed. After that it was only Kratos wanting to kill everyone because he didn’t get his favorite toy. :(

    #18 2 years ago
  19. PEYJ

    I like this information. Also, I only really liked Chain of Olympus.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. polygem

    god of LOVE

    #20 2 years ago
  21. silkvg247

    So in other words they are just gong for a lower PEGI rating for more sales. Or is that my cynical side being silly yet again?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Clupula

    I don’t think a game where you rip out a creature’s brain while it cries in pain in going to get a lower rating, so this is just weird, all around.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. mojo

    as a total fan of gow who platinumed all 5 games i dont care at all if hes mor gentle or whatever.
    kratos fucking unicorns? ok. Kratos drinking tea with his grandma? So be it.
    As long as the core combat mechanics of gow are still there im buying all the games.

    and unoike someone above, CoO didnt suck because kratos was gentle, it kinda sucked because it was too easy and had to less enemys on screen.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Da Man

    Big mistake, know your audience.

    GoW is a tacky button masher, don’t you ever change that guys.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Kuwabara

    idiots, can’t believe you guys who are against this. First if all who actually cared about killing civilians in the past and how many did you seek out to kill?.. also, back in the earlier games, we barely knew who kratos was or cared that much about him personally, so it was just a action game of thrills and gore. But after u play through all or most of the games including the ones on psp, you see the human side of kratos, feel a sense of connection, so it’s only fitting that you don’t kill civilians. It’s wrong , kratos wouldn’t do it cause he is a changed man. He had his revenge and redemption. I’d rather slaughter enemies.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Clupula

    @25 – had his revenge and redemption? Wrong. This is a prequel. It takes place before God of War 3, not after it. And, actually, yes, in the original God of War, I was quite pleased when I discovered killing civilians gave me health orbs, so I’d hunt them down whenever I was in need.

    @23 – I said ONE of the reasons why Chains of Olympus sucked was the kinder, gentler Kratos. Not the only reason, but a reason. Besides that, it WAS too easy; it added that health bar during boss battles, which seemed too “videogamey,” if that makes sense; and, most importantly, it innovated nothing, gameplay-wise, when the first two games were constantly adding new mechanics to the gameplay, the further you got in the game, instead just recycling mechanics that we had already experienced.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Kuwabara

    Wrong! regardless whether a prequel or sequel , we know more about kratos than we ever did, and we feel for him now, having played as him for long. I’m sure in the next game he is sane, and not mental, so i wouldn’t want to see him hurting civilians. i don’t want to see him do it. Besides i much enjoyed seeing soldiers dying or collapsing unexpectedly in the first 2 games, than me ripping off the bodies of civilians. even if a civilian was in the way, id rather kratos throw them out of the way instead of killing them.

    #27 2 years ago

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