Cinematic competitive combat

PlayStation Plus members will get the first opportunity to test out God of War: Ascension’s controversial multiplayer component when an online beta hits the PlayStation Network soon. Non-subscribers will be pleased to learn that there will be a “few other secret inroads” into the test, but you should probably just stump up for Sony’s premium service now. It is worth it.

When you boot up the multiplayer beta for the first time, you’ll have to pledge your allegiance to one of four Gods: Hades, Ares, Poseidon or Zeus. Once you’re signed up, you’ll be able to dive into the competitive multiplayer mode and earn XP, which is used to augment your character with new abilities based on the mythical being you've selected.

You can read much more about the game and its multiplayer component over on the PlayStation Blog. The game's due out next year.