Sony Santa Monica: God of War Ascension Does Not Feature Violence Against Women

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.

Source: IGN

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    Samster says:

    A lot of the trouble tends to be that violence against women isn't presented the same way as violence against men in these kinds of games. As with that godawful Hitman trailer, females are frequently heavily sexualised AND brutalised and it can make the whole thing seem horribly fetishy.

    I agree on principle that violence against men is not inherently better or worse than violence against women, and devs shouldn't steer away from the latter so broadly just to avoid controversy. It really is all about the presentation. God of War always had this weird thing going on where it expected us to sympathise with Kratos about his dead wife, while getting him to slaughter countless men and monsters and sex up random half-naked ladies. Besides those sex minigames though, I honestly can't remember enough of the earlier games to say if they had too much clearly sexualised violence for the devs to be concerned about carrying forward. It is nice to see a developer use a little more forward thinking on the issue, though.

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    Neeneko says:

    I kinda wish the interview went into a bit more detail on that point.  It is a very small bit of text with little actual detail in it.. just 'been an issue is with violence against women' and 'we are assessing it more carefully'.

    Nothing wrong with them looking over the topic and thinking about it, too few studios actually bother to even think that any view of such things other then 'white male' might exist.  That isn't to say that this particular team will do anything balanced or productive with such thought, but at least they are publicly (sorta) saying they are thinking about it.

    TBH, it is a sticky issue, one that is often just dismissed out of hand by developers.

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