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 honor, 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 Honor for Kratos to Appear in Mortal Kombat [PlayStation Blog]