Argh, it wasn't supposed to be this way, yet here I am after a five-second teaser pouring over God of War wikis trying to figure out just what the heck is going on. Okay, so everyone is really on the same page as far as Kratos being a product of his interminable rage, but as far as the "lore" is concerned he has always been somewhat justified. With a five second God of War: Ascension single player teaser, however, Santa Monica Studio has flipped me on my head and threatened to take away even that bit of small empathy. Why? Okay, here goes.
Quick spoiler warning, I'm going to to talk a bit about what happened in the opening sequence of the original God of War. Betrayed by Ares, Kratos is forced to slaughter his family in the midst of battle. The village's oracle covers Kratos in his family's ashes and Kratos breaks his oath to Ares, promising vengeance. He then murders his way to become the God of War himself, but upon his throne he looks... sad.
So, we're led to believe that Kratos' revenge is driven by the love he had for his wife and child. This new trailer potentially shows that Kratos was adulterous and that our small belief that his rage might be justified was based on a lie. However, the trailer cuts away before we can really be sure if this is Kratos' mistress... and there's also that ring. Who is this woman? Is that Athena? What is even going on.
I can't tell if this is Sony Santa Monica telling me that God of War is a deeper experience than many assume, or if it's telling me all the depth I want to believe in is bull and I should just enjoy the action already. Maybe I'd prefer if they went back to showing multiplayer. God of War: Ascension is scheduled for release on March 12 exclusively for the PlayStation 3.
Edit: According to the friendly folk in the comments the girl in the bed is apparently Kratos' daughter. Obviously, Ares has placed her under a spell and Ascension is about Kratos' search for a cure. That's a joke, by the way. Sorry for mistaking the daughter's identity, if that is indeed who she is.