Oh, Hey, There's Totally a Leaked God of War: Ascension Trailer [UPDATED]

Posted by Alex (2024 posts) -

UPDATE: Sony went ahead and confirmed the existence of God of War: Ascension this morning via the PlayStation blog. So yes, the game officially exists, and yes, it is a prequel of some fashion. How far back that prequel story will go is yet unknown, though it's safe to assume it'll be some chapter of the story that includes as-yet-unseen vengeance and violent, visceral death. Unless, of course, Sony has really jumped the shark and gone the Star Wars prequel route, with the intent to show Kratos as a really angry little kid. While I will admit I would derive a bit of weird amusement out of seeing Kratos as a stab-happy toddler, that would probably get old pretty quick.

We'll know more come April 30, as the PS Blog entry says more details are expected to be released then. I'm guessing they won't be giving those details to Amazon early again, so odds are you'll actually have to wait this time. Sorry about that.

What you see above is a trailer for God of War: Ascension. "But Alex," you ask, "Sony hasn't announced a game called God of War: Ascension yet!" Oops?

Art may not be final, but art is nonetheless radical.

Blame Amazon for the early leak. They evidently posted up this teaser, alongside some placeholder box art for the game this evening. Considering we've been hearing no shortage of rumors regarding a forthcoming God of War IV (or, in this case, God of War: Ascension) announcement, one can imagine that Sony was prepping some kind of big reveal for the title...at least it was. Until now. I bet it was going to be really cool, too.

Instead, here is your teaser trailer and box art, ingloriously shoved out the door into the harsh reality of the Internet before its time, forced to fend for itself with no major marketing event nor official press release to properly help usher it into a world it never made. Really tragic, that.

On the other hand, there's a new God of War game coming, which is actually rather awesome. Though I am going to have to replay God of War III at some point. I can barely even remember what happened in that game. What about you guys? Anyone else good and ready for some more heavy metal Greek God slaying?

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#1 Posted by Alex (2024 posts) -

UPDATE: Sony went ahead and confirmed the existence of God of War: Ascension this morning via the PlayStation blog. So yes, the game officially exists, and yes, it is a prequel of some fashion. How far back that prequel story will go is yet unknown, though it's safe to assume it'll be some chapter of the story that includes as-yet-unseen vengeance and violent, visceral death. Unless, of course, Sony has really jumped the shark and gone the Star Wars prequel route, with the intent to show Kratos as a really angry little kid. While I will admit I would derive a bit of weird amusement out of seeing Kratos as a stab-happy toddler, that would probably get old pretty quick.

We'll know more come April 30, as the PS Blog entry says more details are expected to be released then. I'm guessing they won't be giving those details to Amazon early again, so odds are you'll actually have to wait this time. Sorry about that.

What you see above is a trailer for God of War: Ascension. "But Alex," you ask, "Sony hasn't announced a game called God of War: Ascension yet!" Oops?

Art may not be final, but art is nonetheless radical.

Blame Amazon for the early leak. They evidently posted up this teaser, alongside some placeholder box art for the game this evening. Considering we've been hearing no shortage of rumors regarding a forthcoming God of War IV (or, in this case, God of War: Ascension) announcement, one can imagine that Sony was prepping some kind of big reveal for the title...at least it was. Until now. I bet it was going to be really cool, too.

Instead, here is your teaser trailer and box art, ingloriously shoved out the door into the harsh reality of the Internet before its time, forced to fend for itself with no major marketing event nor official press release to properly help usher it into a world it never made. Really tragic, that.

On the other hand, there's a new God of War game coming, which is actually rather awesome. Though I am going to have to replay God of War III at some point. I can barely even remember what happened in that game. What about you guys? Anyone else good and ready for some more heavy metal Greek God slaying?

Staff
#2 Edited by boredJonathan (8 posts) -

Well look at that! Thanks Amazon!

(also: WOOO!)

#3 Edited by jukeboxzer0 (71 posts) -

AWESOME I love god of war!

#4 Edited by Sackmanjones (4682 posts) -
#5 Posted by doctorworm (15 posts) -

Snore

#6 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5211 posts) -

I wished they just went into a different mythology instead of going this route.

#7 Posted by Beaudacious (927 posts) -

Meh...more god of war

#8 Posted by outerabiz (661 posts) -

sweet, cant wait to see actual gameplay

#9 Posted by 617_jbug (343 posts) -

How many prequels does God of War have?

#10 Edited by MrCleanTrousers (40 posts) -

But he killed all the gods!

#11 Posted by HydraHam (1338 posts) -

Oh online retailers! you silly gooses.

#12 Posted by D_Bones (365 posts) -

Was hoping for a sequel but Kratos has no soul in a sequel. Now we get to see happy Kratos Yay!

#13 Posted by rkk667 (25 posts) -

What exactly is he going to ascend to this time? He's already been a god and all the rest. Le sigh.

#14 Edited by Yummylee (21479 posts) -

A prequel... with more Kratos?! After recently buying the GoW HD collections (I had already played Gow2 & GoW3, but the original and psp entries were all new), I've had my fill and then some with Kratos and his 'arc'. I was actually optimistic towards the next GoW since he dies and all, so i figured that was an opportunity to segway into a new protagonist; somebody who possibly doesn't rely on the same weapon and its few combos across 5 games.

If this was a vita release then I could overlook it all (especially since portable gaming is the dumping ground for GoW prequels), but for this to possibly be the next step in GoW, I was hoping for the character, or even setting/time period, to be a little different.

#15 Posted by Atary77 (502 posts) -

This better not be a damned prequel. I wanna know what happens AFTER God of War III.

#16 Posted by Shaanyboi (1282 posts) -

Great. Another game for Kratos to run around, act like an angsty teenager, and just kill everything with no purpose or drive beyond "THEY HAVE BETRAYED ME". How...inspired.

#17 Posted by cannonballBAM (601 posts) -

I really hope Ready at Dawn is working on this, Ghost of Sparda was the best in the series.

#18 Edited by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

As a fan of hte Series another prequel does not intrest me in the slightest. i was hopeing for a new setting or protaginst to take us somewhere different. I can see what they could do that was not explained in the other 2 prequels since this seems to be before he met Ares. battleing the egyptian or hindu gods could be cool.

Also he looked pretty angry so the whole no rage thing is moot

#19 Edited by CornBREDX (5051 posts) -

While its cool, i guess, that they are making another- kind of weird this hints at it being a pre-quel. I mean- Do we really need that?

Granted they only really told the story of how it all started in cut scene memories ( and the now fairly classic scene of it starting off at what is actually the middle of the first game) but how much interesting stuff do you think they can add to that?

I guess I shouldn't doubt the ability to do that- they technically suggested Kratos was always a bloodthirsty warlord even before he made the fatal mistake which spirals into his insanity that leads to.... that ending, but I do have to wonder what they're going to do with this one.

I've played all the GoW trilogy Edit: I forgot to mention, I haven't played the PSP games) and really the only disappointment to me was... that ending. So I don't know. We'll see where this goes I guess. It has major potential, though, to not be that great a game unless they do something new with it that is interesting but doesn't mess up the core game play.

To finish off my rambling, I want to close with the fact that I somehow wrote this whole post without spoiling any of the games. I have fascinated only myself =P

#20 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19321 posts) -
#21 Posted by Yummylee (21479 posts) -

@Shaanyboi said:

Great. Another game for Kratos to run around, act like an angsty teenager, and just kill everything with no purpose or drive beyond "THEY HAVE BETRAYED ME". How...inspired.

I know, right? It was somewhat refreshing to play as someone who walks around with a comically large chip on his shoulder, but 5 games of that ''ARRRRGHDFHDFDGD KILLLL EVERYYYEONNNNE!!'', it gets tiring. In GoW3, Kratos truly succeeded his own level of assholishness... I mean good God (ugh), what a colossal twat. There's a point when an anti-hero stops being an anti-hero and becomes an all around jerk, and GoW3 steam rolled over that point a dozen times over.

#22 Posted by Animasta (14667 posts) -

@SethPhotopoulos said:

I wished they just went into a different mythology instead of going this route.

they should have gone for the japanese market by having him kill izanagi/izanami or something

#23 Posted by RandomAtom (89 posts) -

Why would they put Amazon in a position where they could post that and ruin their reveal plans?

#24 Posted by WMWA (1160 posts) -
@SethPhotopoulos Ahh fuck, I never thought of that. Like Norse or Egyptian mythology? Now I'll always want that. Damn you
#25 Edited by Mr. Kamikaze (102 posts) -

I haven't even beat GoW2 yet...much less even played GoW3...should probably get on that at some point, but honestly I was burnt out of the franchise as soon as GoW2 loaded when I first bought it, so I am not all that excited for this. Still...pretty cool, I guess.

#26 Posted by NegativeCero (2989 posts) -
@Animasta

@SethPhotopoulos said:

I wished they just went into a different mythology instead of going this route.

they should have gone for the japanese market by having him kill izanagi/izanami or something

I find the idea of Kratos stumbling into other mythology and randomly deciding to kill their gods hilarious.
#27 Posted by Pr1mus (3858 posts) -

@NegativeCero said:

@Animasta

@SethPhotopoulos said:

I wished they just went into a different mythology instead of going this route.

they should have gone for the japanese market by having him kill izanagi/izanami or something

I find the idea of Kratos stumbling into other mythology and randomly deciding to kill their gods hilarious.

Kratos in modern day USA, set somewhere in the bible belt. Each chapter ends with a boss fight against one of the GOP lunatics.

#28 Edited by thornie (166 posts) -

Ugh... A prequel really? More Kratos doing the same shit he's been doing over the course of 5 games? The smart people over at Santa Monica couldn't come up with anything better? I'm a fan of the series and have played all 5 games, but it's time to give Kratos and Ancient Greece a rest. I would have loved to see another protagonist in another setting.... I don't know, Scorpion King in Ancient Egypt or something along those lines. Anything but another Kratos game. His story is done. Way to beat a dead horse SCEA.

#29 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5211 posts) -

@NegativeCero said:

@Animasta

@SethPhotopoulos said:

I wished they just went into a different mythology instead of going this route.

they should have gone for the japanese market by having him kill izanagi/izanami or something

I find the idea of Kratos stumbling into other mythology and randomly deciding to kill their gods hilarious.

That would be a fantastic use of the franchise as well.

#30 Posted by csl316 (8375 posts) -

Awesome, but what's left to kill??

#32 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5211 posts) -

@Pr1mus said:

@NegativeCero said:

@Animasta

@SethPhotopoulos said:

I wished they just went into a different mythology instead of going this route.

they should have gone for the japanese market by having him kill izanagi/izanami or something

I find the idea of Kratos stumbling into other mythology and randomly deciding to kill their gods hilarious.

Kratos in modern day USA, set somewhere in the bible belt. Each chapter ends with a boss fight against one of the GOP lunatics.

Kratos: FUCK YOU JESUS!

Jesus: Wha- ugh.

three days later

Jesus: Not cool man.

#33 Posted by leejunfan83 (956 posts) -

Yawn

#34 Posted by SSully (4153 posts) -

I really hope this isn't a prequel despite the fact this trailer basically said its a god damned prequel. They could do so much cooler shit with what happened at the end of God of War 3. This is simply uninspired. Oh well, ill wait and see. If they can top me fighting bad dudes on a fucking titan that is climbing mount Olympus, then I am all for it.

#35 Posted by MiniPato (2727 posts) -

I've played through all 3 God of War games and they just never really grabbed me. Then again I'm not a fan of third person character action games like GoW or DMC. Plus Kratos' character never appealed to me. Well, characters in almost all ancient myths seems like assholes in general.

#36 Posted by wjb (1653 posts) -

Ah, the tricky period of being done with your main trilogy, but the next generation of consoles still aren't here yet to release a legitimate entry. It's either prequels/side stories or kart racing.

#37 Edited by kalibr (120 posts) -

does anybody else think that these "accidental leaks" by gamestop, orgin, amazon, random blog etc are just so people will talk about em and actually care when they are announced.

I mean probably since im talking about it so I guess it works but still it seems kinda underhanded

#38 Posted by Animasta (14667 posts) -

@SethPhotopoulos said:

@Pr1mus said:

@NegativeCero said:

@Animasta

@SethPhotopoulos said:

I wished they just went into a different mythology instead of going this route.

they should have gone for the japanese market by having him kill izanagi/izanami or something

I find the idea of Kratos stumbling into other mythology and randomly deciding to kill their gods hilarious.

Kratos in modern day USA, set somewhere in the bible belt. Each chapter ends with a boss fight against one of the GOP lunatics.

Kratos: FUCK YOU JESUS!

Jesus: Wha- ugh.

three days later

Jesus: Not cool man.

psh, SMT killed christian god AGES ago;

#39 Posted by Brendan (7734 posts) -

@kalibr said:

does anybody else think that these "accidental leaks" by gamestop, orgin, amazon, random blog etc are just so people will talk about em and actually care when they are announced.

I mean probably since im talking about it so I guess it works but still it seems kinda underhanded

I'm sure many of them are deliberate. There's a lot of PR and marketing stuff that just "happens" in many industries.

#40 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5211 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@SethPhotopoulos said:

Kratos: FUCK YOU JESUS!

Jesus: Wha- ugh.

three days later

Jesus: Not cool man.

psh, SMT killed christian god AGES ago;

Are you saying SMT and GOW take place in the same universe?

#41 Posted by Winsord (1202 posts) -

Saw this coming already earlier today, when they had named certain image elements, "ps_gow-teaser" and other similar names.

#42 Posted by Hailinel (24295 posts) -

, there won't be any more Greek god slaying. Kratos has killed every noteworthy god in that pantheon. And even if he did decide to, I don't know, kill Athena for some reason, it's completely pointless. Kratos has become completely unsympathetic at this point. Getting excited for a new God of War is like getting excited to watch news about a new serial killer's crime spree. Either way, you're getting excited for a murderous psychopath to do his thing.

There is absolutely no reason for another God of War game to exist, except money. Any narrative value that Kratos had has long been spent, and I couldn't care less for another game in the series at all at this point.

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#43 Posted by therealminime (233 posts) -

I am so ready for another PS3 God of War.

#44 Posted by Alex (2024 posts) -

@Hailinel: Right, but with word around the water cooler going around that it's a prequel, one can assume they've found some obscure piece of Greek mythology for Kratos to eviscerate.

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#45 Posted by Sackmanjones (4682 posts) -
@Hailinel said:

@Alex, there won't be any more Greek god slaying. Kratos has killed every noteworthy god in that pantheon. And even if he did decide to, I don't know, kill Athena for some reason, it's completely pointless. Kratos has become completely unsympathetic at this point. Getting excited for a new God of War is like getting excited to watch news about a new serial killer's crime spree. Either way, you're getting excited for a murderous psychopath to do his thing.

There is absolutely no reason for another God of War game to exist, except money. Any narrative value that Kratos had has long been spent, and I couldn't care less for another game in the series at all at this point.

Hes killed all the Greek Gods except himself.......... wait.....
#46 Posted by TeflonBilly (4713 posts) -

If this is a prequel before all the other prequels then I am expecting a Animal Crossing style game of happy Kratos living with his family and having to decorate his house, mow the lawn and talk to whomever else in Sparta

#47 Posted by MormonWarrior (2564 posts) -

Because there's not already enough GoW games on the PS3. Oh wait, there's five that you can get. And they're all more or less identical. Cool, but identical.

I hope it's first person, just to be different.

#48 Edited by darkvare (764 posts) -

well the god of war games are the only platinums i have on ps3 so in other words day one buy special or ultimate edition or whatever they make i guess the game will end when kratos kills his wife and child maybe we'll see when he goes in search for his daughters medicine like he did on the comics

#49 Posted by Pishogue (15 posts) -

Wait, so this one takes place in the American Revolution?

#50 Posted by MmaFanQc (102 posts) -

@MormonWarrior said:

Because there's not already enough GoW games on the PS3. Oh wait, there's five that you can get. And they're all more or less identical. Cool, but identical.

I hope it's first person, just to be different.

oh, you mean like all the COD, Halo, Gears of War, Assasins Creed, and pretty much all games from the same series?

sry, but i dont want a TPS Grand Turismo.

welcome in real life.

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