The reaction to this announcement has been mixed, with fans of Krueger rejoicing (and also asking for Jason to be added) and pure Mortal Kombat fans outraged.
While I'm not outraged myself, as it is optional DLC after all, I confess I am disappointed with Freddy Krueger's inclusion in what's clearly a Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment shameless plug instead of providing a proper character from the Mortal Kombat universe.
I have no issue with crossovers, mind you, but only when they work within the universe. Kratos, for example, he fits with Mortal Kombat. He's an ancient Greek warrior who raged against the gods and is known for violently hacking and slashing his way through opponents. That works.
Freddy Krueger, on the other hand, is a legendary horror film character who stalks his opponents in their dreams, murdering them violently. He doesn't fit into the whole combat atmosphere inherent with Mortal Kombat. Hopefully if they decide to do additional DLC characters in the future we'll see more traditional ones or better crossovers.
At least everyone will get free Klassic skins with the release of Freddy Krueger next Tuesday. Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat 3 is rumoured (unmasked), and I'd also bank on Mileena's Mortal Kombat II outfit being included.