In what it likely to be Kratos’ swan song (on Playstation 3 at least), SCEA has announced the latest God of War, subtitled “Ascension,” has landed at retail ($59.99) with a head-busting smack. In case you missed any of the coverage leading up to the release check out Syd’s primer for collecting God of War and Tazman’s early look at the multiplayer — that’s right, mulitplayer in a God of War game!
Here’s a little more from the official press release:
A tale of tragedy and retribution deeply grounded in Greek mythology, God of War: Ascension is the origin story of Kratos, one of PlayStation’s most recognizable characters. Following the tragic loss of his wife and daughter, Kratos embarks on a path of brutal revenge—armed with his legendary Blades of Chaos—in which he will face mythology’s darkest creatures and overcome harrowing obstacles through a merciless quest for revenge and deliverance.
Combat, the heart of the God of War series, has never been tighter or more brutal. With his new ability to tether many of his foes with the very chains Ares had bound him with, Kratos can now unleash far more devastating combination attacks, tossing enemies around and into each other. With the World Weapon system, varied armaments dropped by certain monsters or found in the environment can also be wielded to inflict increased damage and discarded in devastating finishing moves.
New to the God of War series is a deep multiplayer offering, one that provides rich new gameplay experiences that fully retain the familiar look and feel of the beloved franchise. This new suite of competitive and cooperative online play modes—Match of Champions, Team Favor of the Gods, Capture the Flag, and Trial of the Gods—allows up to 8 players (depending on mode) to battle together in the frantic, larger-than-life settings and arenas of the God of War universe.
Gamers who purchase God of War: Ascension will receive early access to a special demo for PS3’s The Last of Us, the highly-anticipated title coming June 14, 2013 from Naughty Dog, makers of the UNCHARTED™ series. This early demo will be available to God of War: Ascension customers on May 31, 2013.
God of War: Ascension is now available exclusively for the PS3 system on Blu-Ray disc. The standard release has an MSRP of $59.99, the limited Collector’s Edition sells for $79.99, and the Garnet Red Legacy Bundle—which includes the entire God of War series of games—retails for $349.99.
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