Kratos’ trademark look may not have changed much over the years, but series creator David Jaffe has revealed that the fearsome antihero went through a big makeover shortly before the original God of War was revealed to the press. According to the outspoken developer, at one point the protagonist sported blue tribal tattoos – until someone on the development team noticed that they clashed with a Diablo 2 character.

"I had played Diablo but never 2, and this was sure news to me," Jaffe said. "As it was too clearly to many/all others on the team, as this was the first we'd heard of the character, let alone the similarity. So you can bet we changed it!"

The icon’s now recognised globally for his crimson war paint, but it could have easily been so different. Looking at the odd concept art embedded above, we can't help but feel thankful for the existence of a Blizzard game for the first time in our lives.