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While some Mortal Kombat fans are upset for one reason or another that Freddy Krueger is the fourth DLC character for the latest game in the series, he's an ideal choice as a character that's not averse to violence. NetherRealm's goal all along was to have a guest character be one of the four released as DLC, and in the process of deciding upon him, Krueger wasn't the only horror film character considered.
"It's kind of hard to choose a character who would fit well into the Mortal Kombat universe, with the blood and violence that's so associated with it," Ed Boon told the PlayStation Blog. "Kratos from God of War is a brutal, bloody character, so he makes sense.
"When we had the discussions about the DLC characters, we knew that we wanted to add a returning character, a new character, but also a guest character. That was one of the goals right from the beginning. A number of names were run by us: Jason, Michael Meyers and all those guys. Freddy Krueger, we felt, was the most instantly recognizable and he fits in with Mortal Kombat with his claws. It just seemed like the best fit."