God of War developer Santa Monica Studio has finally fixed one of the game’s only flaws by adding New Game Plus to the experience, introducing plenty of game-changing incentives to run back through.
While the extent of most New Game Plus experiences involve simply starting the campaign over with upgrades and unlocks intact, God of War ups the ante with some notable improvements to the combat and progression for players’ second outing. The PlayStation Blog recently posted a list of changes exclusive to God of War‘s recently added New Game Plus mode, which can be seen below.
- All armor, talismans, enchantments, Runic Attacks, skills, and weapons will be carried over from whatever save file you launched New Game Plus.
- New Game Plus can be played on any desired difficulty, regardless of the difficulty setting of the player’s original playthrough. Enemies will level up accordingly.
- New customization options are available, including new armor sets for both Kratos and Atreus that feature new abilities. Old gear can also be upgraded to the new Perfect rarity by way of the new Skap Slag resource found around the environments.
- Certain talismans and armor sets can be converted into enchantments, with combinations not available in the standard game.
- Some enemies can be “elite” in the game’s Give Me A Challenge (Hard) mode. These enemy types are normally exclusive to the game’s Give Me God of War (Very Hard) mode, giving the game’s Hard difficulty a new level of brutality.
- Certain enemy types will support new behaviors and attack patterns, including the Valkyrie bosses.
- Some Realm Tears will now be timed, so running away is not an option.
- New Game Plus automatically unlocks a new shield skin, with a second one available through beating the Give Me God of War + mode.
- New Game Plus games can be cycled endlessly by starting a new one from a previously completed NGP round.
Other bonuses added to the game through the New Game Plus update include the option to skip cutscenes, a function that allows the player to switch entire enhancement loadouts between armor pieces, and a variety of bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements. The update is available for free right now.
In other God of War news, the developer recently discussed how this new game was nearly set in ancient Egypt.
Source: PlayStation Blog