The God of War series has retreated from showing violence against women, Sony Santa Monica’s David Hewitt says.

When asked where the line was for Kratos, the game design manager was clear.

“I think where this has been an issue is with violence against women – the team’s pulled back from some of that and assessed that a little more carefully,” said Hewitt.

“There are certain things that carry a different kind of resonance that we don’t want to get into. This isn’t about statement-making in that regard. It’s about fleshing out this character.”

According to Hewitt, Kratos was not enjoying his revenge, nor was the series glorifying violence in general, and this was reflected in the character design.

“The core of the God of War series is Greek mythology, and that’s blood and guts, vengeful gods, horrific things being enacted on mortals…We do revel in it somewhat but the violence is there to show Kratos dealing with his demons and enacting that revenge in a very physical, hands-on way.

“Where it shows itself is how the combat designers and animators have designed Kratos’ moves. He’s always leaning forward, he’s always moving forward. He’s seeking revenge and he’s after his ultimate objective and he will tear through enemies -- rip them in half -- as quickly as he can. But there’s not a lot of flourishes, there’s not any kind of enjoying the moment. There’s nothing about this that he’s enjoying.”

God of War Ascension is due out on March 12, 2013.