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God of War: Ascension patch v1.04 coming soon, includes level cap increase

18 April 2013

A major patch for God of War: Ascension “has been testing approved” confirms Sony Santa Monica and will be available to download “very soon.”

Posting on the U.S. PlayStation forums, God of War community Manager, gypsy816, reveals three major fixes and changes to improve the game.

1. Siren deaths now add 25 seconds to the Trial of the Gods countdown timer. Previously, they gave 20 seconds.

2. Tether Fly-by fix. You will no longer occasionally fly by the player you are attempting to tether while jumping in the air.

3. Shards for both the Barbarian Hammer and Spear of Destiny are now available from Treasure of the Gods chests.

In addition, players can expect the following fixes and new features…

Elite Levels – Going Beyond Level 30
One of the biggest enhancements in our upcoming 1.04 update will be increasing the allegiance level cap from 30 to 40. With the addition of 10 levels for every God allegiance, we are introducing a new item, two new relics, and an ultimate magic for every allegiance. For our Champions who have ascended to the highest levels, and for those on their way, now you have a new goal to reach. It will not be an easy journey.
We’ll have more info on Elite Levels and specifics surrounding the new abilities as we lead up to the update’s release at the official site. It was important to us to let you know what’s coming up, and that this is just the beginning. We haven’t stopped working since Ascension’s launch, and we’re more excited than ever to keep improving Multiplayer with new features and gameplay enhancements such as this.

Champion Stats
We want you to show off! You will now be able to access your accomplishments in battles from the main menu. In addition to displaying your prowess in competitive combat, from death/kill ratios to win percentages, we want to see how you are faring in Trial of the Gods. Our team hasn’t just been focusing on adding new content; we’re also working tirelessly to address prominent bugs and other issues denoted by the community.

Audio Issues
We are very aware of the audio drop issues many have been experiencing. This was a critical fix for this update, as a powerful and immersive audio mix is a tremendous part of the God of War experience. We apologize again for those impacted — now you’ll be able to better enjoy our sound team’s painstaking efforts.
Matchmaking Optimization

Our work in addressing this and getting players into matches as quick as possible is non-stop. We have already made numerous improvements based on your feedback at our boards and social channels, and have recently bolstered our ranks internally to make further improvements. You should be seeing marked improvements daily; please continue leaving any feedback in our forums.

Shard and Unlock Requirement Fixes
We are addressing the shard issue preventing players from attaining the Spear of Destiny and Barbarian Hammer in version 1.04 (possibly sooner), and have made additional tuning changes, namely on weapon shard drops for some of the rarer weapons, as well as unlock requirements for certain armor pieces, weapon stats, and magics.

Read our God of War: Ascension review.


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