Submitted by donniebaseball 1115d ago | article

God of War multiplayer may not "move the needle on sales" says Pachter

God of War: Ascension was officially unveiled last month and one of the surprising additions to the franchise is a new multiplayer mode. It's a pattern we've seen before: single-player games that seemingly have no real need for a multiplayer mode are getting multiplayer modes in what appears to be an effort to boost sales, mitigate the used effect and generally give a title a longer tail. (God of War: Ascension, Industry, PS3, Sony)

GraveLord  +   1115d ago
It will. It will bring in a whole new fanbase.
Dante112  +   1115d ago
Lol, word. Didn't he also say that God of War 3 sell well and that God of War 4 was coming out this year?

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Abash  +   1115d ago
We should wait and see if it increases sales or not, it's not like Pachter hasnt been wrong before
Dante112  +   1115d ago
WTH! Did a mod edit my first comment? Now there even a source and even that's off. But yeah, I'd take this with a grain of salt. Patcher is wrong about stuff 90% of the time.
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MaxXAttaxX  +   1114d ago
GOW3 sold abou 5mil.
Does it need to push the needle? Of course more is always better. But even if it doesn't, it will still make solid numbers. No biggie.
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Kingdom Come  +   1115d ago
How so? The gameplay is evidently immensely similar to that of the single-player portion.
Blaze929  +   1115d ago
no one is going who-ra over God of War multiplayer. I think we all know this.
MaxXAttaxX  +   1114d ago
When you say "no one", you mean no one in your XBL friends list? lololol.

Seriously though, I understand that not everyone may be excited, but believe it or not there's actually.... you know what, I'm not going to bother any further. And it's Oorah by the way.
Afterlife  +   1115d ago
The fact that this game is a prequel to Chains of Olympus, in other words the beginning of Kratos. Which means you can play this game without playing any of the God of War games. So I think it will.
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MultiConsoleGamer  +   1115d ago
Mikey says a lot of things.

I don't even think this was made to win new fans, it was made to please long time fans of the series. Sort of a reward. I'm really looking forward to it.
Xof  +   1115d ago
I'm not a big fan of God of War (that awful, awful writing) so I haven't been following this GoW4 stuff at all, but in THEORY, multiplayer could be huge and draw in a far bigger fanbase than the single-player only offerings ever could.

Of course, it would probably take a lot of work to get a good GoW multiplayer game built, and likely require lots of engine work. But I think it'd be worth it to play online as Zeus or Hades, or Heracles or a Titan. The whole Greek fantasy setting has a LOT of potential that, thus far, the GoW franchise really hasn't taken advantage of.

Imagine a GoW fighting game (think 3D arena combat ala the Gundam VS titles) with greek gods, heros and titans--and terrain deformation. In theory, such a game would be more deserving of the term, "epic," than any other in the medium's short history.
Abash  +   1115d ago
You lost me when you said God of War has "awful, awful writing" and I even thought you were accidentally talking about Gears of War at first.
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TheGameFoxJTV  +   1115d ago
They're both pretty bad when it comes to story.
Simon_Brezhnev  +   1115d ago
Of course somebody that likes LoGH would say this. Most LoGH fans act like its the greatest story telling anime of all time.
Xof  +   1115d ago
...What an immature response.
Canary  +   1115d ago
Utterly irrelevant (and inaccurate). GoW's writing is not good... by any metric. I get that you like God of War. That's fine, so do I, but when someone criticizes a game you like the one thing you DO NOT DO is attack that person for liking someone else.

Obviously, you must be a big fan of Game of Thrones--those ******s all say crap like this.
Simon_Brezhnev  +   1115d ago

LOL, who said i never liked LoGH. I just said just about everybody crazy about LoGH think everything else is shit. You coming at me like you got some authority or something. LOL
VsAssassin  +   1115d ago
Ha? GoW has the best narrative in an action game. Maybe you are referring to Bayonetta? The original GoW told a story so crisp, I felt the whole world was one cohesive plane; like every area is connected even though they are chopped up into segments. The story development was also full of cohesion. Yeah, you might be talking about Bayonetta.
Canary  +   1115d ago
I believe we're talking about God of War as a franchise, not the first game in it.

And narrative quality is NOT dependent on medium.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1115d ago
I'm not big a fan of GOW either. I'm just not a big fan of hack n slash, but the multiplayer does interest me though. So I have my eye on it for now.
Lulz_Boat  +   1115d ago
DOES IT NEED to move?
lol, we are talking about GOD OF WAR.
KwietStorm  +   1115d ago
Really though, I don't think they would lose sleep if it didn't "move the needle" on 3 million sales. I don't know why Pachter articles keep getting posted.
Abash  +   1115d ago
Im pretty sure God of War III sold about 5 million copies
TekoIie  +   1115d ago

That seems very good considering its genre. Most the time i expect everything thats not a shooter to struggle to hit the 2mil mark. Forgetting how popular things really are.
HungPHATx  +   1115d ago
It moved my needle and that all that counts in my book....
fermcr  +   1115d ago
I'm not interested in God of War multiplayer. They are going to investing a lot of time and effort in the multiplayer, i'm pretty sure the singleplayer is going to suffer.

God of War 3 singleplayer was way to short... 7-8 hours. How much time is the singleplayer of the new God of War going to be... 5-6 hours ?
Aclay  +   1115d ago
I have to agree myself. For a Hack-and-Slash type of game like God of War, I think sales for the series is going to average somewhere around the amount that the previous God of War's sold in the 3-4 million range on console...which isn't a bad thing b/c there's few hack-and-slash games (if any at all) that sell as much as God of War does on one console.

Adding the Multiplayer to a game like Uncharted boosted sales because the 3rd person action adventure/shooter genre is more mainstream than hack-and-slash games like God of War, so I have a hard time seeing the addition of multiplayer bringing in tons and tons more people that may have never played it before. IMO the majority of people that'll be buying the new God of War are going to be folks that have already played previous games in the series.
BigBoss1964  +   1115d ago
Wait how is 3 to 4 million average? -.-'
ritsuka666  +   1115d ago
It should sell more cuz it's one most hyped titles of PS3..
Aclay  +   1115d ago

I never said God of War selling 3-4 million was 'average' as in 'not good'. I was simply saying I think this new God of War will sell around the same amount as previous God of Wars.

You must have assumed I thought God of War's sales were average just because I agreed with Pachter's opinion that adding multiplayer won't have a big impact on sales.
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360GamerFG  +   1115d ago
Read again. He did not say 4 million was average.
Der_Kommandant  +   1115d ago
And the guy gets paid for saying a los of Mays
smashcrashbash  +   1115d ago
I love stupid speculation with absolutely no evidence. People are just assuming that because they add in MP that that will automatically shorten the SP mo matter how much the GOW team says it won't. Just imagine they are the ones making the game and gamers are TELLING them how it's going to be with no kind of reasoning or evidence that it will be how they said it will be.

We went through this same $hit with the same questions and 'logic' with UC2 and people STILL won't shut up and wait to see how it will be. You just condemn it from the start and if does well you just make excuses about it. If GOW's MP turns out to be a fun time, I will see the same people here saying things like 'It's still not as good as SSB' or some other crap because you can't admit all the crap you said was wrong. GOW was an epic game and people STILL try to tear it up no matter how many great scores it got or sales.

@ Xof GOW's writing was terrible compared to what? It was voted best story next to ME on Xplay from gamers who voted on them.You are mistaking opinion with fact again just like most people on N4G.

@ BigBoss1964. Average to fanboys.
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Holeran  +   1115d ago
I'm one of the people that pretty much play only multiplayer games for the majority of the time. I did finish God of War 3 a month and a half after buying it used for $19. After seeing the multiplayer for Ascension I can honestly say It will be a day 1 purchase for me. Pachter may be wrong on this one. I like Uncharted 3 single player for the most part but still have not finished it and have had the game for over a month. But in multiplayer i'm already level 73 so that can tell you how much time I have spent on single player as upposed to multiplayer.
Knushwood Butt  +   1115d ago
Yeah, it may not. Then again, it may.

Wow, it's tough being an analyst!
AusRogo  +   1115d ago
What? How does he know they are putting it in just for sales? Man, the game has Kratos. Everyone wants more Kratos!

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