The Sony Santa Monica gaffer pointed out, "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!"

He added: "I was like, 'Look what they did to that guy! I’m out of quarters! When well 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."

Stig went on to recall how the initial Kratos designs reminded him of a Mortal Kombat character.

"I remember interviewing at PlayStation eight years ago and seeing Kratos in the very early stages of God of War 1 and thinking, 'this guy looks like he was pulled straight from MK!' Which to me, was a good thing. One of the things that I always felt separated Mortal Kombat from other fighters was its character design. When you combine this with Kratos’ attitude and tendency for violence, it’s a match made in heaven!"

Kratos will appear exclusively in the PlayStation 3 version of next month's Mortal Kombat reboot. We can't wait to see some of the Sony character's fatalities.