The original design was awesome.
David Jaffe has revealed on his blog that the original Kratos design was blue and no one on the team realized that it was quite similarT to another character of a popular game. Yes, Diablo 2.
The Barbarian from Diablo 2 had the same design as he also showed the pictures of the initial Kratos model and the Diablo 2’s barbarian. Having played Diablo 2 even I didn’t think it could be that similar since it has been a long time since I have played it, but going with the similar Kratos could have created problems with Blizzard.
The team realized that and changed the design immediately. Here’s what David Jaffe had to say about it.
“So you can bet we changed it, lickity fuckin’ split!”
Here are the images below: