The God of War series has always been known for one thing: sex mini-games. Oh, and some truly epic boss battles. From the classic Hydra fight to scaling the backs of Titans, over the top boss fights are just something players have come to expect. And they can expect God of War: Ascension to continue the trend – even when it comes to the multiplayer.

God of War: Ascension might be incorporating multiplayer, but it’s doing so with a distinct God of War charm. In the above video, two teams are tasked with killing the Titan Polyphemus – also known as the son of Poseidon. Some players may recognize the boss from previous Ascension mulitplayer footage.

There are different ways to win multiplayer, instead of just trying to rack up kills. The team working on Ascension‘s online component wanted objectives and kills to mean something, so those who aren’t too skilled in combat can still help the team to win. If a team is able to perform in combat effectively while also holding objectives, then they’ll be the most successful – and have the privilege of brutally kill Polyphemus when all is said and done.

Some players may be surprised at how Polyphemus’ character came to be, as  Sony Santa Monica’s Izzy Medrano apparently took some inspiration from his own physique, such as the barrel chest. The chains were inspired by “modern bondage/piercing,” while the tusks were lifted from early Cyclops myths, referring to the creatures as having elephant tusks. Enemies with elephant heads also appeared in the game’s E3 showing (read our preview), leading us to believe God of War: Ascension is actually a well-orchestrated plot to spread awareness about the endangered African elephants. The clues are all there.

Whether it be ingenious plot or just well thought out design, the multiplayer component of Ascension is looking very intriguing.  The above video promised more maps, more weapons and more classes – proving Sony Santa Monica is really thinking about the long haul. Overall, it’s something different – multiplayer but with a God of War twist, and it’d be difficult to say I’m not looking forward to it.

God of War: Ascension releases March 12th, 2013 exclusively for the PS3.

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Source: PlayStation Blog