franchise, and the main character Kratos, originally had very different names according to ex-Sony Santa Monica exec Stig Asmussen.In this month’s episode of IGN Unfiltered (the full episode airs tomorrow), Ryan McCaffrey sat down with Respawn’s Stig Asmussen to talk about his time at Sony Santa Monica, the history of blockbuster PlayStation exclusive God of War, the recently-released Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and much more.“In terms of the name Kratos, there’s an interesting story,” Asmussen said, “David Jaffe, who was the director on God of War, put it out to the team, ‘Hey, anybody got any cool ideas for what the name of this character could be?’ and everybody would just send emails… and then those emails would be forwarded over to marketing, and they kind of picked who they thought the top choices would be.”
“So I put down ‘Stig’ and ‘these are the names,’ and I put down five or six different names and, when they came back, they had five names and Kratos was one of them… but Stig was one of them,” Asmussen laughed and continued, “The reason why was because they saw ‘Stig,’ and they thought that was one of [the names I was submitting]. So we went with Kratos, and I think that was the right idea.”These weren’t the only alternative names, however. Before Kratos or Stig were considered, back before Asmussen had even joined the studio, the franchise and its iconic hero were known by other names. At the time Asmussen was interviewing with Sony Santa Monica, the project was called Dark Odyssey, and Kratos was known as Dominus.
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