Sony have released further God of War: Ascension details with the news that the game will not only sport a revamped combat system but include online multiplayer options for the first time in the series’ history.

Players will be able to compete in online or offline multiplayer battles that combine the “fierce combat and scale of the franchise with a unique gameplay experience”. Built off of the heart and soul of the single-player campaign, this brand new option is said to offer up to eight players a variety of different multiplayer modes along with customisable avatar warriors, armour and weapon types. Players will have the option to align themselves with one of four of the legendary Greek gods – Zeus, Ares, Poseidon or Hades and earn their approval to unlock new customisation options.

“The bar is set quite high for this franchise as each God of War title succeeds in being better than the last,” said Todd Papy, Game Director at Santa Monica Studios. “But, unlike previous releases, we’re providing a deeper look into Kratos’ tormented past and psyche that fans have not seen before.”

“Combined with refined gameplay, jaw-dropping visuals, and a fresh twist on competitive gaming with our new online multiplayer mode, I guarantee that God of War: Ascension will give fans what they have been eagerly waiting for, and much more.”

Set in the realm of Greek mythology, God of War: Ascension is an epic adventure that allows players to take on the climatic role of the ex-Spartan warrior, Kratos, as he finds a way to break the blood oath that binds him to the god, Ares.

Six months after being tricked into killing his wife and child, a younger Kratos is sentenced to a life of madness with the Furies, caged in a Titan sized prison for the living damned. Fighting insanity, his will is tested to the limit as he seeks to break his bond and gain the clarity to seek revenge on Ares for his part in the death of his family. Armed with double-chained blades, Kratos must take on mythology’s darkest creatures while solving intricate puzzles throughout his merciless quest for redemption.