God of War: First Details and Release Date for New Game Plus Mode

God of War's New Game Plus mode will make the game tougher than ever.

The God of War team has revealed some of the first details about the game’s highly-anticipated New Game+ mode. In a new blog post, Santa Monica Studios revealed that God of War‘s New Game+ mode will allow you to re-experience the God of War adventure but with all the progress you made during your first playthrough. That means you keep your “armors, enchantments, talismans, resources, and abilities.”

As you might imagine, that feature comes with a catch. You will retain all of your progress, but you will also face significantly tougher enemies this time around. It’s not entirely clear whether that means that we’ll see new enemies in this mode on top of old ones, but the team did suggest that many of the game’s old enemies will be packing some “new tricks up their sleeves.”

The good news is that New Game+ players will also have access to a new variety of equipment in this mode. It seems that these new items can be forged using a new resource called “Skap Slag” that grants you access to “the best of the best from our finest blacksmiths.” On top of that, you’ll be able to equip new enhancements for your items that will allow for some truly devastating offensive and defensive abilities. 

Best of all, the studio confirmed that you will be able to skip cinematic moments in God of War when this new update hits. However, you will need to have completed the game the first time around before you are able to do so. 

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This update sounds like a fantastic addition to one of the best games of the year, but we can’t help but wonder just how difficult this will make the game’s most challenging moments. As anyone who has tried to best the Valkyries will tell you, there are already times when God of War pushes you to your mental and mechanical limits. We shudder to think how challenging those bosses are in this new mode. We’ll know for sure when this free update releases on Aug. 20. 

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