With E3 2012 showing off all the big name titles that will release this year and the next, concerns over the amount of violence these games will portray became a hot topic. Among these titles, God of War: Ascension, ranked high on the gore scale, with its E3 showing chock-a-block with blood and disembowelment. To stem the blood flow slightly, David Hewitt, game design manager for Sony Santa Monica, talked to IGN recently about “pulling back” on in-game violence against women in God of War.
During the interview, David talked about the history of Greek mythology being soaked in blood and guts and noted that it is something God of War can’t disregard with a storyline based so heavily on revenge. At the same time, the team behind the game has listened to concerns about the level of violence, especially towards women, “There are some things we’ve pulled back from. I think where this has been an issue is with violence against women – the team’s pulled back from some of that and assessed that a little more carefully,” said Hewitt. “There are certain things that carry a different kind of resonance that we don’t want to get into. This isn’t about statement-making in that regard. It’s about fleshing out this character.”
Hewitt also wanted fans to know that the game’s main character Kratos doesn’t revel in the violence he hands out, but does it to reach his main goal. “He’s seeking revenge and he’s after his ultimate objective and he will tear through enemies – rip them in half – as quickly as he can. There’s not any kind of enjoying the moment. There’s nothing about this that he’s enjoying.”
Either way, God of War: Ascension will be another bloody affair for the series, with Kratos bringing down those over-the-top enemies in spectacular style. God of War: Ascension will release on PlayStation 3 in the United States on March 12, 2013 and the United Kingdom later in the month. Let us know your thoughts on violence in video games in the comment section below.