Free God of War: Ascension update adds 1v1 mode, new maps

'Bout of Honor' offers pure one-on-one fighting without distraction

God of War: Ascension has today received a new update titled 'Bout of Honor' which adds one-on-one fighting and five new levels - for free.

According to developer Sony Santa Monica: "Bout of Honor is a true contest of skill with no chests, fountains, or world weapons to aid you. This mode also disables relics and allows for a Champion's magic to regenerate over time."


In the mode, magic also generates slowly over time, Sony advising that you "use it sparingly" during battles.

The new mode also comes with four new maps "specifically crafted for Bout of Honor": Canyons of Kirra, Chamber of the Flame, Landing at Delos, and Streets of Sparta".

Gameplay has been adjusted for Bout of Honor to make for fairer fighting. Changes include. "Infinites have been removed, overpowered weapons tweaked, and damage from 100% combos adjusted," explains Sony.

The update also brings with it a new four-player map - The Whirlpool of Alecto - which, according to Sony, "features a giant leviathan whose sole purpose is to unleash Alecto's fury in the form of physical pain onto any unsuspecting warrior careless enough to venture into its domain."

The update is available now for free. Here's a Bout of Honor trailer:

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