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God of War: Ascension Trailer and Box Art Leaked Ahead of Schedule

In rather unsurprising news, it seems the reveal Sony has in mind today has been leaked — yet again. While it didn’t take a genius to uncover that it was for God of War, it’s quite another thing when an online retailer beats you to the punch when unveiling your own game.

The retailer to blame this time is Amazon; who not only leaked the game’s boxart but also the game’s first official trailer, too.

However, what is surprising is that this isn’t God of War IV; or at least it’s not officially titled as the fourth major entry in the franchise. The game will simply be called God of War: Ascension and it will  feature series protagonist Kratos in all his raging glory.

While the trailer — which you can see below — shows no actual gameplay, it does have the familiar voice of Linda Hunt as Gaia, who once again, is doing narrative duties.

Above is the official trailer released after the leak went viral on the web.

Speaking of the trailer, from what can be heard, it seems that this new God of War game might be a prequel to the God of War trilogy. It mentions the time when Kratos was not known as the “Ghost of Sparta” and a time when “rage” was not the only thing consuming him…possibly a reappearance of Kratos’ family perhaps?

Aside from this trailer, Amazon also has a listing for the game which states:

Join Kratos as he seeks freedom, redemption, and the clarity to avenge his family in the most ambitious God of War adventure in the series so far.

Oh, and there’s the box art too! While it does state that the “art is not final,” it does look spiffy enough to be the game’s final cover art. It shows a beaten Kratos with both his arms tied up in metal chains.

God of War: Ascension

Notice the “PlayStation Network” sign on the top of the box? While it could be just a placeholder part of the image, chances are the game will implement an online feature or two as previously rumored…chief among which is that the game will supposedly come with some sort of online multiplayer (co-op), this rumor has been circulating for quite some time now ever since late last year.

The game is once again being developed by Sony Santa Monica with an unknown release window. I think it’s safe to assume now that we will know more details once E3 hits.