|"God of War: Asecension" is to accommodate multiple players for the first time. (All rights reserved - Sony Computer Entertainment)
"God of War: Ascension" is the first game in an eight-year-old series to feature online multiplayer, and its Long Tech Journey trailer acquaints viewers with some of the hurdles that Sony Santa Monica has had to overcome.
Adding online multiplayer meant grappling with challenges concerning online lag -- the millisecond delays incurred as data is sent between players -- and dealing with matchmaking issues to ensure that participants were of similar skill levels.
Due on PlayStation 3 in March, "God of War: Ascension" will be Sony Santa Monica's fourth acquaintance with online multiplayer in the past year, having collaborated on "PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale," "Starhawk," and "Journey".
Xbox 360 action fans can look forward to the alien-bashing "Gears of War: Judgement" a week later while "Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3" sees the return of a seasoned online battler a week prior on both console platforms.
"God of War: Ascension" - Unchained - A Long Tech Journey: youtu.be/bOfM87jahOga
Official website: godofwar.com