Big Games of 2013: Kratos Officially Returns In God of War: Ascension

Sony brings back its brutal hero in what appears to be a very lively prequel.

Kratos has pretty much done everything he can now, hasn’t he?  Spoilers ahead, by the way.  He’s taken down Zeus, he’s pretty much wiped out any god that’s opposed him, and he’s even managed to accidentally off Athena, all for the sake of quelling his rage.  So what’s left to do?  Put him in New York City?  Pit him against a new god?  Nah.  For Sony and its team at Sony Santa Monica, the answer is very clear – prequel.

Last night, Amazon posted the first cover art for the upcoming prequel, God of War: Ascension, as well as a trailer.  It doesn’t reveal any sort of gameplay, but it does give you an idea of what to expect, as the narrator, the Titan Gaia explains that, long before Kratos became the vicious mother that he’s known for being today, he managed to have a little more back story before becoming the Ghost of Sparta.  What it is…Sony isn’t saying.  At least, not until April 30, when it promises a full reveal.

Still, this paints an interesting entry for the series.  It seems like Kratos is still suffering from something, though it isn’t quite clear if it’s his family this time around or something else quelling in his gut.  Regardless, with Sony Santa Monica, the same team that crafted the excellent God of War III, back at the helm, you can expect plenty of epic action, as well as plenty of details leading up to Kratos’ possible consumption of rage, and maybe even a hint as to how he become pretty much indestructible when it comes to fighting enemies.

Gaia provides some hints of this in the trailer.  “A time when in spite of the madness that plagued him, Kratos would break his blood oath to an unjust God.  A time when he will no longer be bound in blood.”  You have to wonder what that ties into…

Amazon’s description, before it was taken down, was pretty detailed too.  “Join Kratos as he seeks freedom, redemption, and the clarity to avenge his family in the most ambitious God of War adventure in the series so far.”

Ambitious, eh?  And what’s this about family?  Perhaps Kratos’ brother will somehow re-emerge.

This is all speculation, mind you, and with E3 around the corner, Sony is expected to reveal more about the game sooner rather than later.  You can watch the trailer below and get ready for Ascension when it makes a killing in early 2013...or perhaps sooner!




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