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God of War: Ascension Will Get Multiplayer

Kratoses? Kratii?

I was playing Solitaire the other day with an old pack of dog-eared playing cards my family used to take on caravanning holidays in the Peak District. It was the only way I could avoid the ever-encroaching creep of multiplayer modes in games.

That’s not true, it’s a facetious story I made up to poke fun at game publisher’s urges to include multiplayer modes in every game they can these days. Of course, the good ol’ multiplayer mode is a blatant attempt to stop people from trading the game in, as well as leverage some extra DLC cash from your sweaty little paws but publishers and developers are still intent on trying to make us believe that they’re genuinely trying to add something with the inclusion of the same Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Horde modes that every other game released in the last five years has got.

Every now and then, though, something comes along that might genuinely add something new to multiplayer online gaming. God of War might just be the series to do that. Consider it for a moment. Yes, initially the inclusion of multiplayer sounds like another tack-on job that will take away resources from the single player mode but God of War exists in a genre that doesn’t naturally suit multiplayer modes. By necessity, if nothing else, they’ll have to be innovative about it.

Todd Papy is currently preparing to live stream some new info about the game (today at 4PM, UK time) and he promises to have more then.

Update: Some more info has just come through in the official press release. It’s competitive multiplayer, up to eight players online or offline and it’s set in Kratos’ past (as is the main game, of course). Players can customise (and, I assume, upgrade) their dudes and will align themselves with one of four ancient gods – Zeus, Ares, Poseidon or Hades in order to earn their favour and unlock new customisation options.

Here are some very pretty rendered images:

Source: US PS Blog

37 Comments
  1. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Why would GOW be the series to add something new to MP? I don’t understand. All I can think of is Co-op levels.

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:17.
    • colossalblue
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      because Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch wouldn’t really work in those gameplay mechanics (although Horde mode is practically made for it). So, as I wrote above – they might have to innovate in order to get MP modes that work with that style of gameplay.

      Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:28.
      • Bilbo_bobbins
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Even Horde mode is not new though. I cant think of something else other than Co-op personally, like you said DM TDM just wont work, so something new has to be done, hopefully.

        Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:33.
  2. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    I bet it will about as good as the Dead Space 2 multiplayer.

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:17.
    • zb100
      Member
      Since: Aug 2008

      Did Dead Space 2 have multi-player? ;)

      Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 15:44.
  3. Forrest_01
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Yaaaaay – Shoehorned mp FTW!!!!111!!!

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:22.
  4. Omac_brother
    Member
    Since: Nov 2011

    If by multiplayer, they mean Co-op, Im all over it. If by Multiplayer, they mean epic battles as Pre-GOW1 Spartans across massive Dynasty Warrior style maps, I will bite. If by Multiplayer they mean, tacked on Ass Creed style MP, I give up.

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:25.
    • Kevatron400
      Drake, baby.
      Since: Dec 2008

      I think the AC multiplayer is quite novel in its own way – all the hiding ‘n’ whatnot.

      Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 15:46.
  5. Smallville2106
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Oh dear

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:26.
  6. mrfodder
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    So an image of possible multiplayer map and could be fun. Run around and hack ‘n’ slash each other.

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:28.
  7. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    GoW is my favourite Sony franchise, my initial reaction is that I’m disappointed.

    I’m sure all sorts of marketing speak will come out today about why this is good news for people who buy the game, all I can think of is that it’s good news for publishers who will no doubt bring in online pass and all sorts of DLC money-making opportunities for themselves.

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:29.
  8. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    I can’t see this working unless it’s proper coop (not just a horde mode). Maybe they are running out of ideas for a great single player experience.

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:29.
  9. Nickboss1
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Yes! Cant wait.

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:30.
  10. kjkg
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Tenner bet they don’t do any form of splitscreen. Gone are the days when I could play a game with a real friend, in my room.

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:31.
    • Bilbo_bobbins
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      This is missed massively for me, I love split screen gaming.

      Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:34.
    • colossalblue
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      online or offline – up to 8 players. Possibly not split screen though, all on one screen – arena style? So you can keep your tenner ;)

      Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:40.
    • ProjectJAY
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Read IGN’s preview, they confirmed there’s no split-screen.

      Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:49.
      • Bilbo_bobbins
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        boooooooo !

        Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 15:10.
      • colossalblue
        Team TSA: Editor
        Since: Forever

        maybe they just didn’t bother playing long enough to unlock the split screen mode before they wrote about it.
        Sick burn and all that.

        Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 15:38.
      • stage1
        Member
        Since: Feb 2012

        Wouldn’t mind split screen if it has local multiplayer

        Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 16:02.

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