God of War: Ascension hits stores March 12, 2013.
Vengeance is born in the fires of betrayal in this prequel to God of War. Join Kratos as he seeks freedom, redemption, and the clarity to avenge his family.
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God of War: Ascension is an upcoming third person action-adventure video game being developed by Santa Monica Studio and to be published by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE). The game is scheduled to be released on March 12, 2013, for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) video game console and will be the seventh installment in the God of War series and a prequel to the entire series. Loosely based on Greek mythology, the game will be set in Ancient Greece with vengeance as its central motif. The player will control the protagonist Kratos, the former servant of the God of War, Ares. Kratos attempts to sever ties with Ares—who tricked Kratos into killing his wife and child—by defeating the three Furies.
The gameplay of God of War: Ascension will be similar to that of its predecessors. The game will focus on combo-based combat, achieved through the player's main weapon—the Blades of Chaos—and secondary weapons acquired later. The game will feature revamped quick time events that require the player to complete various game controller actions in a timed sequence to defeat stronger enemies and bosses.
The game will also feature puzzles and platforming elements. In addition to its similar gameplay, the game will be the first installment to feature multiplayer and be developed with stereoscopic 3D. The game will also feature a revamped combat and weapon system, new gameplay mechanics, and downloadable content. A multiplayer beta was held from December 12, 2012 to January 21, 2013.