Speaking to IGN, Sony Santa Monica Design Manager David Hewitt revealed that God of War: Ascension will not feature violence against women. Hewitt said that the development team listened to some critics who pointed out that the game's E3 trailer was ultra violent.
"There are some things we've pulled back from," Hewitt told IGN. "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. 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 went on to say that there is a misconception that the popular protagonist of the series, Kratos, enjoys violence. Hewitt sees the violence portrayed in the game as a means to an end for Kratos, who has no choice but to fight against various enemies with extreme prejudice as he engages in his campaign for revenge against the gods.
Of course one could argue that point for most protagonists in video games - there are very few that are in it to commit wanton acts of murder for the fun of it; there's always an important goal or mission at the heart of it all.
You can check out the full interview here.