Tomorrow's big PlayStation announcement has come a little sooner than expected. God of War: Ascension for the PlayStation 3 was outed just moments ago by Amazon, who put up a retail listing which includes a teaser trailer for the game. There's also a tentative release date of December 31, 2012, though that's likely just a placeholder to represent 2013's holiday season.
The product description from the listing reads:
"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."
Most fans had guessed at a new God of War game from the announcement teaser on PlayStation's Facebook page, put up last Thursday. The general assumption however, was that it would be another handheld game for the Vita. A console title, likely a prequel to the main series, was definitely not what anyone expected, but given that Kratos is Sony's version of Mario or Master Chief it's difficult to be surprised.
The teaser trailer shows Kratos bound in blood, being taunted by various figures of mythology. A narrator mentions his life before being bound to vengeance, before challenging the Gods. Exactly how a prequel, likely featuring Kratos obeying Ares' will and destroying his enemies, could compare to the beyond belief battles of the main trilogy is left unexplained. Judging from all the blood in the trailer though, Sony isn't planning to displease fans of the franchise. There's always someone or something for Kratos to kill.
Expect Sony's official God of War: Ascension announcement tomorrow, and we'll make sure to keep you informed of any additional details they might provide.