Adding a multiplayer component to a God of War game still sounds a little confusing. Earlier looks have been tantalizing, in that violent, kill-everything sort of way.

Today, Sony shared a new trailer for the 4 vs 4 team bloodbath. They have also announced a multiplayer beta to run in the "near future."

Should you desperately wish to hack and slash your way through a representation of ancient Greece, slaughtering your foes, a PlayStation Plus membership might be your best bet. Game director Todd Papy writes that the beta will be "available exclusively first to PlayStation Plus subscribers" and mysteriously adds, "there may a few other secret inroads."

There's no word on when, specifically, the beta is expected to launch or what those "secret inroads" to early participation may prove to be.

God of War: Ascension is due out on March 12.

Are You Ready for the God of War: Ascension Multiplayer Beta? [PlayStation Blog]