Leon from Plus XP writes "fter the conclusion of God of War III, it was a little bit unclear as to how the series would continue in later installments. While its ending was somewhat ambiguous and suggested there could be more to come, it was announced that the next title - God of War: Ascension - would be the first home console entry in the series to be a prequel, whereas Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta were both originally PSP titles that told sub-plots set in-between main entries.
Not only that, Ascension would be the prequel, set before any of the other games thus far, looking deeper into the roots of Kratos’ lust for vengeance. This idea excited me, as Kratos’ humanity is always something that the series could expand upon – the more we understand Kratos’ sense of loss, the more we can understand his rage. Chains of Olympus was perhaps the best example of this so far, focusing on Kratos’ relationship with his daughter, Calliope. The live action trailer for Ascension focused on his wife, child and the Spartan army – before they dissolved before his very eyes, leaving him broken and alone. I was ready to see how ‘Vengeance is Born’."