Sony Santa Monica has said God of War: Ascension won't feature violence against women.
The developer's design manager David Hewitt explained that although the title features brutal and certainly gore-inspired violence, the studio won't cross the line.
"The team has a set of rules that define those sorts of things very clearly. There are some things we've pulled back from. I think where this has been an issue is with violence against women - the team's pulled back from some of that and assessed that a little more carefully.
"There are certain things that carry a different kind of resonance that we don't want to get into. This isn't about statement-making in that regard. It's about fleshing out this character."
Hewitt continued that while Kratos may tear his enemies apart, he doesn't take pleasure from it.
"Where it shows itself is how the combat designers and animators have designed Kratos' moves. He's always leaning forward, he's always moving forward. He's seeking revenge and he's after his ultimate objective and he will tear through enemies - rip them in half - as quickly as he can
"But there's not a lot of flourishes, there's not any kind of enjoying the moment. There's nothing about this that he's enjoying."
God of War: Ascension is currently scheduled for a release in North America on March 12, 2013.