Why God Of War III’s Game Director Considers Kratos’ Mortal Kombat Cameo An Honor

Why God Of War III’s Game Director Considers Kratos’ Mortal Kombat Cameo An Honor

In December it was revealed that God of War series star Kratos would be entering the ring in this year’s Mortal Kombat. No one was more excited about the news than God of War III game director Stig Asmussen.

On one level, the inclusion of Kratos in the Mortal Kombat refresh is a marketing move, but that’s not how Asmussen sees it. To him it’s the highest honour, having something he creates becoming a part of a game series that both inspired him and kept him from getting tanked on his 21st birthday.

Mortal Kombat had a HUGE influence on me growing up. I remember the first time I saw it in the arcade – I almost crapped myself! I was like, “Look what they did to that guy! I’m out of quarters! When will I be able to play this at home?” Then I learned about Mortal Monday, the official launch day when the arcade game came out on the SNES and Genesis. I was a poor college kid at the time, but I circled the date for two reasons: I couldn’t afford it, so I needed to reserve it a month in advance at the video store; and September 13 1993 was my 21st birthday! So instead of going to the bar on my 21st, I ended up sitting with my friends playing MK all night long.

Ah, memories. I remember my 21st birthday, though only vaguely.

Why It’s an honour for Kratos to Appear in Mortal Kombat [PlayStation Blog]


  • Ahhhh. Young days spent with bunch of mates in front of the telly playing SNES or Megadrive until the wee hours. MK, and it’s successors were always a friday night favourite.

    Surpsisingly not much has changed – Friday nights still involve the latest game(s). We just don’t have to huddle around a 15″ TV screen & keep the volume down so we don’t wake up the oldies.

  • Having cameos like this reeks of desperation and a lack of respect for their own franchise.

    The reason MK got bad after 4 was that it stopped taking itself way too seriously. They just started with the stupid fucking cart racing and loveless shitty fight engines.

    No. You need to respect your own game. Having random characters from other games cameo disrespects the franchise’s integrity. You can always tell a franchise is going down the tubes when they do this. Look at Soul Calibur – one AMAZING game and 3 increasingly shitty sequels chasing the achievement of the initial game.

    I admit it’s a cool thing to have such a character in the game, but it’s bad for the series and I have no respect for Ed Boon after this. To be honest Zombie Lui Kang was the most retarded shit in years; I assume that John Tobias was the creative talent behind the series, because after he left, all the new characters and ideas were just horrible.

    Boon got the lion’s share of credit, but in my view the evidence speaks for itself.

    with tobias: awesome
    without tobias: shit.

    To be honest I’m sick of being hurt by this franchise. MK1 on genesis was the first game I ever played at the tender age of 6, but I just don’t think I can do this again. I thought I could come home with this reboot, but this silly element will make me stay away.

    I wont be playing buying or playing this game – not after this.

    • Disagree.

      It only becomes disrespectful if the character does not suit the franchise. Soul Calibur for instance BENEFITTED from having Yoshimitsu transition to it. Heihachi not so much. Why? Because Yoshimitsu suited it perfectly. Heihachi? Not at all.

      Kratos suits the MK universe to a tee. He’ll fit wonderfully.

    • yeah mortal kombat has been pretty average since 3 but so what this mortal kombat looks amazing not only that, Kratos is the perfect addition to a Mortal Kombat game. I may live in Australia where adults get treated like kids but I will get this game 1 way or another don’t care what it takes.

    • Did we play the same Mortal Kombat game? Mortal Kombat NEVER took itself seriously!

      You’re talking about a series that featured Babalities, Friendships, voice actors that would yell gibberish to accompany various moves, Dan “Toasty” Forden, modified palette-swaps as different characters, characters falling comically on their ass when tripped, over-the-top (for the time) T&A in regards to the female characters, and Fatalities and Brutalities that at times were comical in nature, would make the character explode into 20 ribcages, or both.

      Secondly, I agree with Weresmurf’s comment. Kratos is a character who is stained white with the ashes of his dead wife and child, who were killed by his own hand when he was tricked by Ares. He has served (and been subsequently screwed multiple times) by various gods his entire life, many of which he has then gone on to kill brutally. He has died at least twice, and managed to escape death each time by literally climbing out of the Underworld (as far as I know – I haven’t played GoW3 yet). Every single one of his family has been killed, either via manipulation of Kratos himself, or at the hand of a god. The gods even refused to let him kill himself when he felt he had nothing else to live for, as they still had ways to use him. If anything, Kratos is TOO dark and serious for Mortal Kombat.

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