A sorrowful goodbye to a great developer!

Hello everyone! It’s another great year in the gaming world, new games and consoles coming to the living rooms and such of families, developers exploring new ideas, etc. Unfortunately as new doors open, some must close. That is why I write to you all today, the developers behind God of War: Ascension at Santa Monica Studios are closing the curtains on their development for the multiplayer.

God of War: Ascension is the prequel title in the series that worked to capture Kratos’ humanity before his descent into insanity as he topples the foundations of Olympus. Along with being an origin story, the game was also the first title in the franchise to incorporate a multiplayer function.

Players from across the globe could pledge their allegiance to one of four gods: Zeus, Ares, Poseidon and Hades. Each having their own expertise on the battle field, you could destroy your opponents with the brute power of Ares, the magical might of Zeus, the stealthy assassinations of Hades or the bulky tanking of Poseidon.

Champions battling in the Desert of Lost Souls, hoping for the chance to slay the titanic Polyphemus! (image provided by:http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/01/19/god-of-war-ascension-mp-beta-open-to-all-psn-users-for-a-very-limited-time/)

Champions battling in the Desert of Lost Souls, hoping for the chance to slay the titanic Polyphemus! (image provided by:http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/01/19/god-of-war-ascension-mp-beta-open-to-all-psn-users-for-a-very-limited-time/)

The multiplayer was a huge success for the studio, giving them the room to create several DLC packages with new armor sets, weapons and maps. However, the studio is halting development on God of War DLC.

The development teams are transitioning to “new projects” according to the Community Strategist Aaron Kaufman in an interview with IGN. Kaufman did say that “this is not the end,” referring to support for the multiplayer. Balance updates are still expected for a while as the studio will still have a 24/7 monitor on game play to make sure no balance exploits go unattended.

The God of War title hits digital download via PSN this week and special pricing on current DLC is soon to come. Kaufman left IGN with a warm sympathy to them and the God of War community saying, “On behalf of the entire God of War development team: Thank you, Champions! Keep the Flames of Olympus burning on the Ascension Multiplayer battlefield.”

Although it is unclear what projects Sony Santa Monica is going to be working on, it is a relieving fact to hear that they are putting their talents to some use rather than taking a rest.

Until next time gamers!

Stay Calm and Bring Honor to Olympus!

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