For those of you who thought Kratos himself wasn't enough in the new God of War: Ascension, Sony has revealed a new co-op multiplayer mode titled Trial of the Gods. Players will be tasked with competing against five increasingly difficult waves of mythological beasts, whilst surviving against the hourglass of Olympus.
Over 15 types of enemies await you, including Satyrs, Cerberuses, Cyclopes, Gorgons, Juggernauts, and more deadly creatures. You will start with a set amount of time on the clock, and win time back with every beast you slay. Decimate a wave and you will be granted a Bonus Time Tiered Award based on how fast you cleared the wave. If you die or run out of time, you’ll have to start over again. If you reach the end of the fifth round, an epic boss awaits.
On launch the new mode will have three new maps available - Desert of Lost Souls, Forum of Hercules, and Rotunda of Olympus - however more arenas are planned for afterwards.
Sony Santa Monica level designer Andrew Chrysafidi took to the US PlayStation Blog
to outline what players can expect in the new game mode, including a chance to work on their skill-set and gain valuable experience points with a friend, before jumping into the competitive arena.
With Trial of the Gods, we wanted to help bridge the single player and multiplayer experience, giving players a chance to work on their skill-set and gain valuable experience points with a friend, before jumping into the competitive arena. Playing Trial of the Gods is also a great way to grind some extra experience between competitive games, test newly acquired weapons and abilities, or even try a new allegiance. Any experience gained in Trial of the Gods will go towards upgrading your Champions across the entire multiplayer experience.
What happens if you don’t have a friend to play co-op with, or you don’t want to team up with a stranger? No worries - you can play Trial of the Gods solo too!
A new trailer has also been revealed showing off the latest God allegiance - the Lord of the Sea, Poseidon - which you can check out below.
God of War: Ascension will be available exclusively for PlayStation 3 on March 14th.