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Yacht Club Games Creative Director David D’ Angelo has discussed how Kratos found himself in Shovel Knight.
Speaking with the Santa Monica Studio website, D’Angelo explains that Yacht Club Games was coming up with ideas as to where the blue knight could travel to. That’s when the team had a “crazy” idea that maybe he could do battle with someone from another land, or, another game.
“From style, combat, and overall intensity, Kratos was first on our list,” says D’Angelo, “as a chance encounter we wanted to see make the jump over to 2D! We couldn’t be more honored to have Shovel Knight take part in God of War’s incredible history!”
D’Angelo and co. were lucky enough to visit Santa Monica Studios to bounce around ideas with key members of the God of War franchise.
“After we laid the foundation with the team, Yacht Club Games went into development mode and start crafting gameplay, music, and the look of the character. It was quite a challenge to pack all of Kratos’ muscles into so few pixels! Every time we saw a new attack or animation go in-game we thought ‘This has to be even more intense!’ to match the spirit of the series. I think because of that, Kratos ended up as a well-rounded and hearty boss battle — and of course contains no shortage of screen shakes! We definitely got an appreciation for how much work Santa Monica Studio has put into the franchise, and why Kratos is so beloved. It was an absolute pleasure to work with everyone!”
Every time we saw a new attack or animation go in-game we thought ‘This has to be even more intense!’
Should Kratos have had a larger role? Should he have been more than a secret boss fight? D’Angelo admits the temptation was there.
“He’s a powerful character,” continues D’Angelo, “and it’s very easy to get carried away trying to make him larger than life. Containing ourselves and Kratos into just a boss battle was difficult to say the least. That’s why he leaves Shovel Knight with a special item that can give Shovel Knight a familiar trick or two to take back along his main quest.”
Wesley Copeland is a freelance news writer, but you probably already guessed that. For more obvious statements, you should probably follow him on Twitter.