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God of War trilogy developer Stig Asmussen departs Sony Santa Monica

God of War trilogy developer and God of War 3 game director Stig Asmussen has left Sony Computer Entertainment Santa Monica Studio, a representative from Sony Computer Entertainment America confirmed to Polygon following a report by IGN. "SCEA can confirm that Stig Asmussen is no longer with Santa Monica Studio," the statement reads. Asmussen joined the development studio behind the God of War franchise in 2003. His time at the company saw him work as an environment artist on the first God of War, as art director for God of War 2 and then as creative director for God of War 3. God of War 3 design director Todd Papy took over the role of game director for the next game in the franchise, God of War: Ascension, before leaving to later join Crytek. Sony did not comment if Asmussen ...

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WGA Videogame Writing Award nominations include Assassin's Creed 4 and The Last of Us

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, God of War: Ascension,The Last of Us and Lost Planet 3 are nominated for the Writers Guild of America Videogame Writing Award, the organization announced today. Story writers and scriptwriters Darby McDevitt, Mustapha Mahrach, Jean Guesdon, Jill Murray, Nicholas Grimwood and Mark Llabres Hill are nominated for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Warner Bros. Interactive's narrative director Dooma Wendschuh, senior narrative designer Ryan Galletta and writer Corey May are up to receive the award for Batman: Arkham Origins. Sony Computer Entertainment writers Marianne Krawczyk and Ariel Lawrence are nominated for their work on God of War: Ascension. Writer Neil Druckmann is up for Sony's The Last of Us. Head writer Richard Gaubert, along with writers Orion...

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Hands-on with PlayStation Now: It works!

Sony's game-streaming service, PlayStation Now, is here, bringing with it a massive library of the PlayStation's back catalog to devices never designed to play them. With the subscription and rental-based PlayStation Now, PlayStation Vita owners will be able to play games like The Last of Us on a handheld. Bravia TV owners won't even need a dedicated console. The service could boost the PlayStation 4's library with thousands of new and old titles, essentially bringing much-needed backwards compatibility to the new console. Even better, based on our hands-on time with PlayStation Now, it works. Performance in games like The Last of Us and God of War: Ascension was impressive. Lag input was noticeable, seemingly more so on Vita when moving The Last of Us' Joel and waiting a beat for...

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PlayStation Now game-streaming service coming summer 2014 (update)

Sony's Gaikai-based video game streaming service, PlayStation Now, will stream PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games over the internet to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, as well as non-PlayStation devices, Sony executive Andrew House announced during the company's CES 2014 keynote today. PlayStation Now gives people "instant access to the games they loved from previous generations," said House, the president and group chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment. Users will be able to rent individual games or pay for subscription plans. In addition to PlayStation devices, the service will be available on most of Sony's 2014 Bravia televisions, and eventually, devices such as smartphones. PlayStation Now will initially be available on PS4 and...

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PlayStation Black Friday deals include $29.99 PS Plus subscription, digital discounts

Sony is promoting a handful of good deals on PlayStation products that will be available for the Black Friday weekend, including an annual PlayStation Plus subscription that's just $29.99 on Friday, Nov. 29. Normally, PlayStation Plus — now a requirement to play many PS4 titles online — costs $49.99 for a one-year membership, making the promotion a solid deal for PS3, PS Vita and PS4 owners. The discount will be offered at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Toys R Us and Walmart. In addition to the previously reported 250 GB PS3 bundle featuring The Last of Us and Batman: Arkham Origins priced at $199.99, holiday shoppers will be able to score copies of Beyond: Two Souls and The Last of Us for $39.99 each. Those deals are available at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Toys R Us and...

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God of War: Ascension director departs Sony Santa Monica

God of War: Ascension game director Todd Papy announced his departure from Sony Santa Monica via Twitter today. Yesterday was my last day @SonySantaMonica. I'm extremely honored to have been part of that team. <3 you SSM! Time for the next adventure!! — Todd Papy (@ToddPapy) November 2, 2013 Papy joined SCEA Santa Monica in 2010. According to his Twitter, he hasn't "quit games," but will be making a move to Germany. Previously, Papy did design work for Atari, Sony Computer Entertainment and Midway Games. Papy isn't the first to depart Santa Monica following a God of War title. Twisted Metal creator David Jaffe left after the first game in the series, while former director Cory Barlog exited after God of War 2. In August of this year, however, Barlog returned to the...

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God of War: Ascension team ends DLC development, moves on to other projects

Sony Santa Monica says it will not produce any new downloadable content for God of War: Ascension's multiplayer mode, but will continue to support the PlayStation 3 game with balance updates and online support. The God of War team, community strategist Aaron Kaufman wrote on the PlayStation Blog, is transitioning to other projects at Sony Santa Monica Studio. A balance update for Ascension is expected to roll out later this month, the developer said. After that, the team will "be monitoring online 24/7" for balance exploits, which it pledges to fix. Next week, on Oct. 15, God of War: Ascension will be released as a downloadable title on PlayStation Network, with discounts planned for all currently available DLC. The God of War: Ascension soundtrack will be released as a free download...

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God of War | Art Gallery

CONCEPTS BOX ART HADES EVOLUTION SCALE ARENA 100 ARMS ONE ARM T Concepts In the early days of God of War 1's development, the art team went back and forth between "a very stylized game with outlandish proportions or a very realistic, visceral approach" for main character Kratos, says Concept Artist Erik San Juan, noting 1999's Tarzan as an inspiration. San Juan says that one day during lunch, artist Charlie Wen drew a rough idea on a napkin, then took it back to the office, cleaned it up in Photoshop "and it became instantly clear what direction we were heading in." T Box art Perhaps the most commonly...

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God of War: Ascension The Mythological Heroes Co-Op Weapons DLC

SCE Santa Monica released a God of War: Ascension "multi-mayhem" co-op weapons trailer for The Mythological Heroes Co-Op Weapons DLC pack, which is now available for God of War: Ascension multiplayer. Based on ancient Greece's mythological heroes, the DLC includes the Sword and Armor of Orion, Hammer and Armor of Odysseus, Sword and Armor of Perseus and Spear and Armor of Achilles. The DLC also includes a bonus 24-hour double XP boost and more than ten possible co-op moves. According SCE Santa Monica, co-op moves are executed by following these steps: Equip one of the four co-op weapons Enter any multiplayer mode for God of War: Ascension Execute either your L1 triangle or L1 square special attacks Upon special attack execution, a green halo will appear over your champion’s...

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God of War: Ascension's 1v1 Bout of Honor mode now available

God of War: Ascension's player-vs-player Bout of Honor mode is now available for free and features four new maps, according to the official PlayStation God of War site. Developed by Sony Santa Monica, Bout of Honor pits two players against each other in a best of seven rounds competition. The Bout of Honor mode disables relics and lets a Champion's Magic to regenerate slowly over time. Be sure to check out what Bout of Honor has to offer in the video below. The four new Bout of Honor maps are: Canyons of Kirra Chamber of the Flame Landing at Delos Streets of Sparta Players also have a chance of receiving a code for the “Mark of the Gods” Pack to download when it is released via XMB on PlayStation Network next week. To do so, gamers must play the Bout of Honor mode and post...

God of War: Ascension Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 03/12/2013
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer SCE Santa Monica Studio
    • Score 7.0
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