Kratos Kameo Konfirmed in Mortal Kombat, PS3 Exclusive
Whisperings of this started back in August. Loud, hip-hop-laced whispers, coming from none other than HipHopGamer. Apparently it was rumored at the time that TC Carson, the voice of Kratos, was doing voice over work for the new Mortal Kombat.
But now it’s kind of official, as in PlayStation: The Official Magazine-official. The gaming rag’s January issue has confirmed that Kratos will appear exclusively in the PS3 version, with a full move set, fatalities, his own level, almost full integration. Almost, because Kratos won’t figure into the game’s story mode at all. He’s just an illogical cameo appearance.
Normally, I would be fine with that. WB/Midway tried to shoehorn the DC characters into the Mortal Kombat universe’s story, and it was pretty silly. But Kratos is different. His over the top violence, anger and ruthlessness fit pretty logically in Mortal Kombat. It’s kind of a bummer they couldn’t find a simple reason for him to be there. He’s just there, ready to kick ass, kind of like Yoda and Vader were in Soul Calibur IV.
Possible Kratos Moves?
How, exactly, Kratos will kick ass is not yet clear. Back in March when Break.com caught up with God of War 3 combat designer Adam Pool, he kinda-sorta hinted at the fact that Kratos wasn’t completely finished as a “character.” But he also said his favorite Kratos move was the Combat Grapple, “…the ability for Kratos to stick his blade into any enemy, pull himself in and perform a shoulder ram.” Sounds very MK-ish, wouldn’t you say? Just a thought.
New MK Characters?
- Quan Chi
- Noob Saibot
- Shao Kahn
- Shang Tsung
Xbox 360 Exclusive Character?
The mere existence of Kratos as a PS3 exclusive character begs the question: will the Xbox 360 get its own exclusive character as well?
Giantbomb’s Jeff Gerstman doesn’t think so, since Sony has kicked down development money for WB to include 3D support and stuff. Sony would naturally want to find a way to recoup their investment, so the Kratos exclusivity makes total sense for them.
But I wouldn’t rule it out. Microsoft is going to hate hearing this, and they’d be silly not to even try to work something out with WB. Sargeant Johnson? Marcus Fenix? Alan Wake? Cortana? Work with me, Microsoft!
Mortal Kombat will come out spring 2011 for Xbox and PS3.