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Kratos vs Mortal Kombat: Ed Boon and Stig Talk Fatalities, Weapons, Ending

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“The first time we saw him we thought, ‘Oh my God, what a great Mortal Kombat character he would make.’”

Ed Boon is very excited. The Mortal Kombat creative director and co-creator can finally spill his guts regarding one of the most anticipated video-game crossovers of all time: Kratos’ exclusive guest appearance in the PS3 version of Mortal Kombat. “We kind of felt it was meant to happen,” he says. “We think we’ve done Kratos justice.”

Ed Boon and God of War III director Stig Asmussen don’t remember who made the first phone call, but both recall the Kratos crossover talks starting early in Mortal Kombat’s development cycle. “I remember somebody saying, ‘‘hey, there might be this possibility of Kratos appearing in Mortal Kombat,’” Stig remembers. “I said, ‘ You gotta be kidding me, we gotta make this happen! Let’s get on the phone.’” Describing himself as a “huge God of War fan,” Boon was all too eager to work out the details and spark a larger collaborative effort between both studios.


Capturing “the real Kratos” in Mortal Kombat was a prime goal for Boon and Netherrealm Studios, but it wasn’t always an easy one. “The God of War team set certain ground rules,” Boon says. “From the beginning, we were absolutely set on respecting the character.” Boon describes a “receptive” relationship with Sony Santa Monica Studios – creators of God of War – during development of Kratos’ Mortal Kombat incarnation, with Boon’s and Asmussen’s teams regularly trading feedback and ideas. Absolute authenticity being a key consideration, Boon’s team went so far as to use Kratos’ God of War III character model as a reference asset. “Once we started sending playable builds of Kratos, that’s when they got specific regarding things like animation,” Boon recalls. Particularly regarding Kratos’ fatality, which went through a number of edits and revisions due to feedback from Sony Santa Monica Studios. “It was mostly minor stuff, certain tweaks to the animation,” Boon remembers. “We went through a lot of iterations, but in the end, when you look at that screen, you see Kratos.”


Asked about his favorite aspect of this chaotic crossover, Boon answer comes easily. “Just seeing Kratos and Scorpion on the screen at the same time. You never thought you’d see that.” Boon loves God of War and, in particular, Kratos because he’s “unapologetically brutal.” The feeling is mutual – Stig is a longtime Mortal Kombat fan, too. “One of the strongest points of Mortal Kombat has always been the character design,” he tells Boon. “You’ll see a character and you’ll know it’s a Mortal Kombat character.”


Kratos’ guest turn in Mortal Kombat wasn’t without a few creative conundrums, of course. As a demigod, Kratos is not one to show vulnerability. So at first, seeing the all-powerful Kratos torn to pieces by the likes of Shang Tsung – in glistening HD detail thanks to Mortal Kombat’s gruesome character damage modeling – came as a bit of a shock to Sony Santa Monica Studios. “The things that were being done to Kratos were not things that we were used to seeing,” Stig confesses. “It’s taking it to an almost uncomfortable place at times because here Kratos can get his ass kicked.” On the other hand, Boon points out, “Kratos is in the mud like everybody else.”

“I will say that I’ve never seen his skull before this game,” Stig counters with a laugh. “But man,” he adds, “you guys really pulled through. I’m proud of that game.”


Yes, Kratos has an ending. But there’s a catch. “From the start, we decided we wouldn’t put him into the Story and have him interacting with Scorpion or things like that,” Boon explained. But when you conquer the Arcade ladder, you’ll get your just desserts. “We do explain what happens when Kratos wins the tournament,” Boon hinted, describing the endings as “a lot more elaborate” than in prior games.

Yes, Kratos has a fatality. No, we’re not going to spoil it here. “We had 10 fatality ideas we wanted to do,” Boon teased. “But the final versions are in line with all the crazy deaths you’ve seen in God of War over the years.” Boon hinted that Netherrealm Studios is making creative use of Kratos’ weapons in designing his kills, adding, “It’s probably over the top, but we’ve always been over the top.”

Yes, Kratos has a stage. And yes, it has a stage fatality. “It has the best stage fatality we’ve put into any Mortal Kombat game ever,” Boon said excitedly without further elaboration. The stage itself was inspired by the end of God of War III, when Kratos battles Zeus in the Chamber of Flame. “That fight had an almost fighting-game mechanic,” Boon said, “so when we saw that we thought, “It’s writing itself!”

Yes, Kratos is being carefully balanced. How do you balance a character who is practically omnipotent? Not an easy question. “Kratos is interesting because his God of War fighting style is so long range – it’s designed for crowds,” Boon said. That approach won’t necessarily fly in a one-on-one fighting game, so Mortal Kombat emphasizes Kratos’ close-range brute strength and reserves the long-ranged attacks for special moves. “Anyone who loved MKII or MK3, which are particulatly combo-centric, are going to be happy with Kratos.”

Yes, Kratos uses X Weapon. “He has more weapons in this game than any of our other characters by a factor of two,” Boon confirmed. We spotted Apollo’s Bow, Cestus, Blade of Olympus, Helios Head and, of course, the Blades of Exile.

No, Kratos won’t participate in Test Your Might. “We’re not too shy about putting our Mortal Kombat characters in silly situations,” Boon said. “There’s just no humorous side to Kratos,” Boon said. “You’re not going to see Kratos do a Friendship … we kept him out of those situations out of respect.”

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RedDraXon said:

March 25th, 5:43 am

But Graphic wise…….Kratos in MK does not look very good.

drunk_vader said:

March 25th, 5:55 am

Kratos and MK are a match made in CHAOS!

Korbei83 said:

March 25th, 6:27 am

It’s so rare that I get even a little bit excited about a fighting game. This, however, brings me right back to the arcades as a kid (shhhhh) watching the big kids with lots of quarters playing MKII and being totally blown away. Kratos’ addition just adds an another dimension from my adulthood that fits like a glove.

The lack of a numeric moniker is wonderful. This is the most MK MK has ever been. The definitive Mortal Kombat.

This game needs to be on my shelf.

Creative_ae said:

March 25th, 7:08 am

Awesome and the best game ever =D

Freddylond said:

March 25th, 7:37 am

I think u guys did an excellent job overall, gladly u went 2d gameplay was a plus for fast action and still maintain the graphics well. The control scheme blends great in creating combos, nothing too difficult to do from what i played in the demo via ps3. On another note i think of characters for DLC such as the guy from prototype,infamous, i would go as far and try to get devil jin from tekken 6 WOW, this possibly can be the best fighting game ever, on an off line. THX ED BOON and your team for putting a great effort to give us gamers $60 bucks worth lol, maybe u set a trend for other companies to follow.

StriferGT said:

March 25th, 8:57 am

I would like to give many thanks to Ed Boon, Stig Asmussen, and all staff members involved in creating this new experience with MK. It looks amazing but more so having gameplay similar to original MK series. Many thanks also to “Hip Hop Gamer” during Bonus Round in PAX 2010 who spoke to Ed Boon about introducing Kratos into MK game. Which if I recall Hector and Ed Boon may have already discussed about this prior to Bonus Round.

InfinityGems said:

March 25th, 10:00 am

“Yes, Kratos uses X Weapon. “He has more weapons in this game than any of our other characters by a factor of two,” Boon confirmed. We spotted the Bow, Cestus, Blade of Olympus, Icarus Wings, Helios head and, of course, the Blades of Chaos.”

Lol well i really wish people had this slip their minds, or else they just did not pay attention to GOW3. Kratos does not use the Blades of Chaos(GOW1) or the Blades of Athena(GOW2) But the *Blades of Exile*, all of his weapons and style is based off of GOW 3

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    Sid Shuman said:

    March 25th, 1:25 pm

    Right, sorry, I still think of them as the Blades of Chaos :)

stevesap said:

March 25th, 12:37 pm

I already paid in full for my Mortal Kombat Kollectors Edition just waiting to picc it up on release. Bought two for my brother and I. AHHHH! I Can’t wait! Flawless Victory! lol.

TruRage said:

March 25th, 2:05 pm

LOL! Loving the editing on this video! I can’t wait to see Kratos and the others!

murder-scene said:

March 25th, 7:12 pm

hahaha imagine a sex minigame with mileena or sonya, or BOTH

Vandaliser said:

March 25th, 9:18 pm

all this kratos is making me hungry for GOW 4. who knows. we might have a metal gear solid 2 situation where you play the game from a different perspective and see kratos from a different angle. maybe kratos brother might be playing the role of raiden. or someone else.

one thing is for sure. Kratos should follow in the footsteps of solid snake. Only be summoned when there is a real need. Like MGS4. Someone should take over the mantle from kratos. New character. New moves. new abiltiies. new animations. etc. we need another iconic character in Gow series.

Let kratos take a break now.

DCS-Tekken said:

March 25th, 11:14 pm

Mortal Kombat has always best the best Adult Fighting Game ever made Period! No one can beat MK!

I got two of the games ordered… The Kollector’s Edition! and The Tournament Edition! Both on PS3…

YEAH! now that’s what i’m talking about! PS3 all the WAY!

Kratos in this Game well i’ve never Played GOW games. But i’ll Look forward to fighting him in Mortal Kombat.

One thing i just Hope this game has that no one has Mentioned yet? I Hope this Mortal Kombat has Playstation Home Rewards! Yes Home Rewards! If it does it will be the top Game of 2011 and no one will come close to defeating MK then! Let’s just hope Home Rewards are in this Game!

Nuff Said!


DCS-Tekken said:

March 25th, 11:17 pm

Too Bad this MK game didn’t have Onaga or Blaze from the MK: Armageddon game they would really give Kratos a run for his money. LOL! Hey maybe they can be added by DLC! Make it so MK!

DCS-Tekken said:

March 25th, 11:19 pm

Speaking of the Baldes of Chaos! Maybe they will have to play the New Mortal Kombat game in Tester Season 3. Now that be funny to see who would win Tester by Playing Mortal Kombat! OH YEAH!

BiggDaddyV06 said:

March 26th, 12:36 am

@95 You sound like your promoting the other system then the actual game. If you want a pure Mortal Kombat game, then talk about that, and not the how your proud to be a 360 owner. Oh and you do know that some of the people that worked on GOW also worked at Midway or had some relation to it right? So in a way Kratos was inspired by Mortal Kombat. And what exactly would having Kratos in the game do? I mean, I’m pretty sure they have a character selection screen for a reason. So you don’t have to pick Kratos if you don’t want to.

j_mauer said:

March 26th, 2:27 am

I can deal with having to play against kratos online, but if sheeva is playable I’ll be super p*****. She’ll look completely stupid, cause all the playable characters for most part look human, two arms, two legs. If she is playable, then Goro should be playable and if Goro is playable then theres no need for her to be playable.

bongaboing001 said:

March 26th, 6:57 am

nice job injecting the ultimate stimulant into the MK series. this should get interesting.

wizardpsx said:

March 26th, 9:57 am

Kratos!!! Rules!!! PS3!!!

InfinityGems said:

March 26th, 4:56 pm

Haha its all good sid, on playstation lifestyles the article writer who covered this story just absolutely BUTCHERED the names of everything. Medusa’s Head, Athena’s Blades, Kratos’s Bow, ect, ect. My eyes bled reading that article. Also its to be mentioned that Kratos’s Stage Fatality is *Ed Boon’s favorite fatality for any stage in any Mortal Kombat!* i cant wait to get my hands on this at my game store.

MickaeL486 said:

March 26th, 5:03 pm

Could you PLEASE put this up for the PSN Store to download? I want to show all my friends who don’t have internet access how awesome this is in HD And how about putting Kratos’ X-ray back in the video?


JaShatta1 said:

March 26th, 7:38 pm

looking real promising especially with my boy kratos

fuzzymic14 said:

March 27th, 12:12 pm

It will real funny if Ed Boon and
Stig put ZEUS as DLC in mk. ;)
do you think the chars in for DLC have part in the story (ex: kintaro, kenshi s******)

bau2daMAN said:

March 27th, 5:52 pm

in the demo each character gets one of thier own fatality and one stage fatality. Will characters have more than one of their own fatalities in the actual game?

wolwieva said:

March 28th, 9:11 am

will kratos be included in the games disc or will he be dlc? pls reply :(

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