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God of War: Ascension will explore a pre-Ghost of Sparta Kratos

Submitted by on Thursday, 19 April 20125 Comments

Sony has unveiled God of War: Ascension as the next title in the acclaimed franchise, and it will act as a prequel to the original God of War. The game will go back to a time before Kratos became the brute we’ve always seen him as; before he was known as the legendary Ghost of Sparta or as a servant of the God Ares. Does this mean we’ll see a softer and more humane side of Kratos? Probably not.

God of War: Ascension is being developed by the talented folks at Sony Santa Monica Studios with Todd Papy at the helm as game director. Up until this point in the God of War franchise, we’ve only learned about Kratos’ past through flashbacks and dialogue. Now we will get to experience his disturbed memories first-hand, or so it would seem judging by the teaser trailer released today.

In it, we get a glimpse of bloody silhouettes of gods and monsters as Kratos appears to be battling his inner demons. Ascension will take place in a “time when he will no longer be bound in blood.” Veterans of the franchise know that Kratos essentially sold his soul to Ares, the god of war, in exchange for victory over his enemies. We also know that before being a captain in the Spartan army, he was a family man with a wife and daughter who are eventually murdered by his own hands.

Many questions arise from the teaser trailer such as how far back in his past will Ascension go and what will replace the Blades of Chaos, the signature weapon of the series? The PlayStation.Blog says to stay tuned because more information will be revealed next week on Monday, April 30th in a live streaming event. For now, all we can do is speculate.

What are your thoughts about the new direction for God of War? Be sure to let us know in the comments!