Hot on the heels of a Kratos-centric trailer for Mortal Kombat comes a new interview with MK Creative Director Ed Boon and God of War III Director Stig Asmussen in which they discuss bringing a very iconic character from one franchise to another.
Boon and Asmussen reveal all things Kratos as they pertain to Mortal Kombat, including what made the cut and what ultimately clashed with Kratos’ character motivations. A lot of thought certainly went into bringing Kratos to the Mortal Kombat universe, and the two wanted to let gamers in on that process.
While Boon and Asmussen are very forthcoming about certain elements of Kratos’ skill set, including confirming that he will be wielding more weapons than any other fighter in the game, they chose to keep some secrets for the game’s final release. They did, however, confirm that Kratos and his God of War III-inspired stage have their unique fatalities, but didn’t go into much detail beyond that.
Along with wielding more weapons than any other character in the game comes the concern that Kratos will be extremely overpowered as compared to a fighter like Raiden. Asmussen and Boon addressed this concern saying that Kratos will instead be relegated to the close quarters combat realm — abandoning his more long range attacks. He might be a demi-god, but the team at NetherRealm is in control here.
Hearing Asmussen and Boon talk about bringing Kratos to Mortal Kombat gives the impression that the team at NetherRealm really went all out, but still kept true to his character. Very much a serious character — lacking anything resembling a sense of humor — players aren’t going to see Kratos participate in the more playful elements of Mortal Kombat like Test Your Might.
NetherRealm was even apprehensive about tying Kratos in with the Mortal Kombat universe as a whole, but did decide to give him a storyline complete with a satisfying ending. Of course, like with all the other elements, Boon and Asmussen only confirmed that it is “a lot more elaborate” than in prior games, and revealed no more than that.
It should be comforting for gamers to hear that although Kratos isn’t going to stray too far from his God of War roots, there were some areas in which his world and the Mortal Kombat world found some cohesion. Now if only we could get Kratos into the Mortal Kombat digital series.
Do you think Kratos is going to steal the show in this reboot of the Mortal Kombat franchise? What would you like to see in a Kratos fatality?
Mortal Kombat releases April 19, 2011 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Source: PlayStation Blog