God of War 3 sees the death of Kratos as he kills himself with the Blades of Olympus. With that, many thought that the series has ended. Not anymore…
God of War: Ascension takes place ten years before the original God of War events, and six months after Kratos murdered his wife and daughter. Kratos attempts to sever ties with the God of War Ares—who tricked Kratos into murdering his wife and child by defeating the three Furies.
In January 2010, John Hight, studio director at Santa Monica, advised Joystiq that “while God of War III will conclude the trilogy, it won’t spell the end of the franchise”, and claimed “We’re going to be really careful about what we do next.”
The game is set to release in March 2013 (March 12, 2013 in North America, March 13, 2013 in Europe and PAL regions, March 14, 2013 in Australia and New Zealand, and March 15, 2013 in the UK and Ireland’ international: TBA).