‘God of War: Ascension’ Multiplayer Beta Kicks Off In January, Exclusive To Plus

God of War: Ascension is slated to begin rolling out starting March 12, 2013, but you won’t have to wait nearly that long to get your hands on the game’s multi-player — provided you have a PlayStation Plus membership, that is.

Over on the PlayStation Blog, Sony revealed that God of War: Ascension will be getting a multiplayer beta starting January 8, 2013. The beta won’t be invite-only, but you will need to make sure that you have a PlayStation Plus subscription, as previously mentioned.

The God of War: Ascension will feature the “Desert of Lost Souls” map, which we’ve previously seen by way of trailers of and preview coverage. As you fight amongst each other, you’ll also have to worry about the map’s resident Titan, Polyphemus.

Here’s more information on what you can expect out of the God of War: Ascension beta, as detailed on the PlayStation Blog:

“So the burning-in-Hades question is, what will you play in our Multiplayer Beta? A visceral, larger than life, online combat experience for starters. We are kicking off the Beta with our signature Team Favor of the Gods mode and the yet-to-be-seen Favor of the Gods mode, which plays like Team Favor of the Gods, but without the teams.

“In both modes, you’ll fight to reach the requisite number of favor points from the Gods, earning points via kills, bonus brutal kills, opening chests, capturing domination points, and, if you’re skillful enough, performing executions using the Spear of Olympus.”

To go along with the multiplayer beta reveal, Sony released a new trailer for the game. You can check that out below.

Are you interested in trying God of War: Ascension‘s multiplayer, or are you more interested in singleplayer?