Where's The God Of War: Ascension Hype?
Maybe it's just me, but have you noticed less hype and anticipation than expected for a new God of War title?
It just seems that ever since Ascension was announced, there has been sort of a lukewarm response to the game, almost to the point where I believe the game could be overlooked when it launches in March.
It's weird because typically, a new GoW is one of the most hotly anticipated titles of any given year, and there's plenty of discussion about it. But I hear very little about Ascension and really, we're only three months away...by now, it should be a common topic of conversation among gamers everywhere. That hasn't really happened, though. I suppose it hasn't helped that we haven't seen too many headlines focused on the game in question; it was briefly in the news when Sony announced the multiplayer aspects but beyond that, not much in the way of consistent coverage, you know?
I just get the feeling that a lot of people are looking at this as more of a spinoff or an afterthought rather than a full-fledged sequel. That could be due to the fact that it isn't called "God of War IV." It could also be that some feel Sony rushed this project so they could drop another GoW title into this generation; after all, the developers had said they wanted to take a break after GoWIII and nobody really expected a fresh GoW so soon. I can't believe the lack of hype is due to a lackluster gameplay presentation or something; everything we've seen from this game has been awesome, has it not? I've been suitably impressed.
I keep waiting for the hype train to get rolling on this one but at this rate, it may never really get started.
1/4/2013 Ben Dutka