A major new title update for God Of War: Ascension adds one-on-one duels into the multiplayer arena, dubbed Bouts Of Honour. "Fans of fighting games" will be well away.
Bouts of Honour are strictly skill-based affairs; removing relics, fountains, chests and world weapons to ensure that player ability is the only determinant in deciding the winner. The update adds four new stages designed specifically for the mode (Canyons of Kirra, Chamber of the Flame, Landing at Delos and Streets of Sparta).
The developers at Sony Santa Monica have been painstakingly crafting a mode for both fans of fighting games and the legions of Champions playing Ascension's multiplayer to enjoy," says Sony. "The team has made some balancing tweaks especially for Bout of Honor to ensure matches are fought in a fair and honourable fashion. Infinites have been removed, overpowered weapons tweaked, and damage from 100 per cent combos adjusted."
A new 4v4 multiplayer map has also been bolted on, alongside numerous extra balance tweaks. You can read the full patch notes here.