Sony is working on a significant update for God of War: Ascension that it says will fix a number of 'key issues' with the game's multiplayer mode.
The patch, version 1.04, will add 10 'Elite levels' which, more specifically, means the allegiance level cap will be upped from 30 to 40. "With the addition of 10 levels for every God allegiance, we are introducing a new item, two new relics, and an ultimate magic for every allegiance," add Sony.
The update will also allow you to access your accomplishments in battles from the main menu, displaying your prowess in competitive combat from death/kill ratios to win percentages, and showing your progress in Trial of the Gods.
Various bugs will also be tackled, including audio issues which affect the whole game, and matchmaking optimization which should help get players into games more quickly.
And on issues with Shard and unlock requirement bugs, Sony explains, "We are addressing the shard issue preventing players from attaining the Spear of Destiny and Barbarian Hammer in version 1.04 (possibly sooner), and have made additional tuning changes, namely on weapon shard drops for some of the rarer weapons, as well as unlock requirements for certain armor pieces, weapon stats, and magics."
With no firm release date yet, Sony says the update will be coming "soon".
It also teases, "We are also on the cusp of our first DLC pack announcements. We've got some brutal new toys coming to assist you on the battlefield."
Update 1.03, released March 26, addressed the difficulty level of God of War: Ascension's much-debated 'Trial of Archimedes' level.