Hot on the heels of the Comic-Con announcement that Freddy Kreuger will be added as the fourth DLC character for Mortal Kombat, comes a revelation from NetherRealm Studios that two other infamous slasher icons were, at one point, considered for the game.
According to Ed Boon, both Jason and Michael Myers’ names were thrown around as potential candidates to be added to the Mortal Kombat universe, but ultimately the development team settled on Freddy Kreuger.
Though both Michael Myers and Jason are known for delivering just as much gore and violence as Kreuger they tend to utilize a plethora of handy tools with which to dispatch unsuspecting teens. Freddy Kreuger, on the other hand, is inextricably linked to his clawed glove — the main determining factor for his inclusion in the game.
“Over the years, we’ve certainly had a number of conversations about guest characters. A number of names were run by us: Jason, Michael Meyers [sic] and all those guys. Freddy Kreuger, we felt, was the most instantly recognizable and he fits in with Mortal Kombat with his claws.”
Some might have scoffed at the idea of Freddy Kreuger being included into a Mortal Kombat game, especially with so many classic MK characters yet to be added to the roster, but upon further reflection the “king of dreams” seems like a perfect fit. NetherRealm obviously wanted to preserve their proclivity for clever tie-ins, like Mortal Kombat vs. DC, and this just made sense.
Based on the wide variety of responses from fans, we imagine that characters like Jason and Michael Myers might no longer be on the table, but whose to say that future projects might not include one or both of them? With this fourth character unveiling and the final Mortal Kombat online series episode being released, most of the promotions for this iteration of Mortal Kombat should be coming to a close.
Expect more news about the future of the Mortal Kombat franchise in the coming weeks, including a very intriguing revelation by Ed Boon about the art style for the next Mortal Kombat title.
Would you have preferred to see either Michael Myers or Jason added to the Mortal Kombat roster in place of Freddy Kreuger? Do you think going outside the classic characters paid off for NetherRealm?
Freddy Kreuger will be joining the Mortal Kombat roster on August 9, 2011.
Source: PlayStation Blog