The God of War license was a surprise from start to finish, being a bestseller from its first installment to the latter which managed to not only reinvent the world but also give a much deeper take on the character of a way that has succeeded. to fascinate the entire gaming community. Kratos has evolved and show how deadly he can be in the face of any prevailing foe, becoming one of PlayStation’s most iconic heroes and, perhaps, one of the most famous.
The Slayer of Gods thirsts for blood and can even be ruthless, an aspect that its creators knew how to perfectly interpret in their design
Artists struggled to find the perfect design for Kratos.
The secrets of the creation of Kratos
It was thanks to David Jaffe, the creator of Kratos himself, who decided to say one of the best kept secrets after the creation of Kratos. While today we have a clear idea of what the Ghost of Sparta looks like, the reality is that at first it was not easy for the team to find the right approach for the character. In fact, he claims it took them a while to find the perfect style for Kratos.
However, the idea was born the moment they watched Edward Norton playing the role of the Nazi, Derek Vinyard, in American History X. It was when he saw how the character was constructed and interpreted that Jaffe decided to teach this to the artist and there he did not hesitate to ask him something that could come. at least a small part of the sense of power and aggression that Norton’s character showed on screen.
This curious request ended up giving shape to the idea that they seemed unable to fully match the game, get a brave warrior who managed to face a wide variety of gods, starting with those present in Greek mythology. And is that, although it seems incredible to think of it, it is thanks to the great Edward Norton that we currently know Kratos as he is.
In fact, in previous conceptions of the character we considered he had hair. Not just a short hair that could harden his features, but a long mane that is somewhat reminiscent of the warriors of the time. An idea that, compared to the current version, does not seem to suit too much, despite the fact that in its time it was a thought out idea.