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Mick-LuciferPosted: 05/26/2014 11:21 PMStatus ::
Kountdown: 10 Returning Kombatants Ready to Kontinue!

After three long years, we've got Mortal Kombat sequel fever! At the behest of series director [Ed Boon]: we're counting down to June 2nd -- that's next Monday (if you haven't noticed)! It's also right around the time we've seen the unveiling of pre-E3 launch trailers for Mortal Kombat (2010) & Injustice: Gods Among Us (2012)!

Over 80% of the MKOmmunity is convinced the June 2 countdown will fulfil our desires. There are other theories and some new ideas, but with reported leaks and the general timing, we've got good reason to talk MK sequels!

As speculation about sequel content starts to mount; one of the leading queries is exactly which characters will make it back for another go around. By the end of the time distorting Mortal Kombat reboot plot -- a majority of Earthrealm's greatest champions were left for dead in the bowels of Netherealm! Last week, we looked at the Top 10 Replacement Kombatants Ready for a Comeback who could fill that void! This week; the Mortal Kombat Online Kountdown is turning an informed eye toward the survivors who could carry over into a next gen sequel!

With the previous game retelling a simplified and slightly altered version of the original trilogy: all signs are pointing toward a reprisal of the plot from 1997's Mortal Kombat 4. We eagerly anticipate the rise of fallen Elder God Shinnok -- whose evil plan appears to be going very well! Who will help or hinder the villain in this hypothetical sequel? Here are our Top 10 Returning Fighters from Mortal Kombat (2011):


Some kombatants didn't make it out of Mortal Kombat (2011) alive!

#1 Quan Chi

With Mortal Kombat 4 providing our strongest point of reference for a probable Mortal Kombat (2011) sequel -- Quan Chi can almost be considered the same calibre of no brainer as his master: Shinnok. Maybe more so, when you take into account his extensive presence throughout the plot of the last game!

Quan Chi was insinuated into the plot of each of the first three games -- all of which predate the creation of the character, and his game debut(s) in the intertwined MK4 & MK Mythologies: Sub-Zero. Back in those days: Quan Chi's ultimate goal was his own power play under the guise of servitude - leading to the infamous retrieval and exchange of an ancient, powerful amulet. The artefact was possessed by Onaga in later backstory, but is more ironically the source of power for: Shinnok. The ol' switcheroo for a duplicate would eventually allow Quan Chi to seize power in the original story, but not without some bumps along the way.

After pulling the strings throughout 2011, it would be preposterous to leave Quan Chi out of the action in a sequel. As Shinnok's man in the field, he's responsible for laying all groundwork for the imminent invasion from the Netherrealm! His omnipresence rubbed some fans up the wrong way, but it's fair to say it also secured him as one of the most recognizable characters introduced after the original trilogy. In that respect, he services an expectation of returning characters quite well. Even if that's only so you have an immediate go-to choice to beat the snot out of!

#2 Raiden

Raideeeen! You gotta lotta 'splainin' t'doooo! It's fair to say Earthrealm's protector came out looking worse for wear at the end of Mortal Kombat (2011). Having had the visions of Armageddon that prompted our time-twisting reboot - Raiden has struggled to orchestrate a better outcome for the universe. Shao Kahn's conquest of all things may have been averted, but the price has come at the expense of some of the worlds' greatest defenders. The thunder god can personally claim the accidental murder of Liu Kang among the many whose lives were lost as a result of his altered reality.

The original MK4 opened with Raiden feeling remorseful for the slaughter of his fellow gods, and his past failings that led to the death of a forgotten realm. He's got plenty to feel morose about in a sequel, and we can't shake the thought that he's probably on the same path to darkness that saw him using a zombie Liu Kang as a puppet during his alliance with the villains in Armageddon. That's reason enough to expect Raiden to stick around in the playable list, but we think he'll probably serve to rally a new crop of defenders before things get that dire.

The new timeline really positions Raiden at the centre of the plot. With some heavyhitting favourites down for the count (ie; Sub-Zero), we also expect iconic stalwarts like Raiden to bolster the playable list with a quotient of the familiar. There's every chance the fighters who died will find their way back in, but if they don't, we certainly believe characters like Raiden can provide a tournament-level throughline that satisfies a demand for consistency. If the next game goes beyond MK4 to reach Deception or even Armageddon the arc of the story only demands Raiden's presence even more!

#3 Scorpion

Love or hate him - Scorpion remains one of the most instantly recognized characters associated with the series. According to Ed Boon, Scorpion was even the highest selling downloadable content in Injustice: Gods Among Us. No mean feat when matched against DC fan favourites and feature film characters!

The ninja's plot of damnation and revenge is one of the best known stories in the MK canon, owing its extended life to a crucial development in Mortal Kombat 4 that revealed his true enemy: Quan Chi! That reveal remains pending in the new timeline, thanks to a significantly simplified version of his saga that kept him an ignorant servant of Quan Chi from tournament 1. It was a pared down version that couldn't owe its in-fiction context to Raiden's time manipulations -- but seemingly used the opportunity to smooth his story arc out. Erratic entry points into the action were ironed out, and the MK4 twist seems ready made to be a ticking bomb within the ranks of Quan Chi & Shinnok's Neathrrealm army. Sub-Zero may be dead, but this time around, we may see another component of the Scorpion rivalry be on-hand.

Mascot status alone is reason to expect Scorpion to be front and centre when the sequel arrives. He connects with a wide variety of players and fans, who've rebelled in the past when the character was absent (MK3), If Sub-Zero doesn't make it to the dance, then it's smooth sailing for the deadman. A character not nearly as stagnant as some would like to believe.

#4 Sonya Blade

When it comes to the heroes who starred in Mortal Kombat (2011), there's slim pickings for returning characters without some serious shenanigans. Only two of Earthrealm's chosen warriors were left standing when Raiden finished off Shao Kahn -- Lt. Sonya Blade of the US Special Forces was the more compelling of the two! We wouldn't discount the value of Johnny Cage as an MK original, but of the pair, it's Sonya who has the connections to make for the more noteworthy return.

In the original MK4; Sonya (and Jax) were forced to partner with Black Dragon nemesis Jarek in the name of the greater good. This invariably led to a trifecta of betrayals in alternate arcade endings that threatened the lives of one or more in the triangle of death. With arch-nemesis Kano still kicking around, as well as the various Black Dragon clansmen yet to be seen in this timeline -- we think that will be a very interesting dynamic to revisit and flesh out.

If the dead heroes find their way back into the plot, then we'll be interested to see Sonya provide a human perspective. The death of Jax is just the latest tragedy in Sonya's life, which could propel the story forward in interesting ways. In the event Kitana doesn't find her way back into the plot -- it will be Sonya who represents the fairer sex as the first lady of kombat. That in itself makes her a compelling choice for a return. The chance to install her as a senior presence amongst a new crop of chosen recruits -- also an interesting thought. One of the few 2011 story mode locks -- a must. (Fingers crossed we get a better design to go with that.)

#5 Noob Saibot

A prevailing theme in our previous Top 10 Kountdown was the desire to embellish Shinnok's army with more name value. Noob Saibot may have found his way into MK4 as a memorable hidden character, but his integration into the plot suffered as a result. A servant of Shinnok and The Brotherhood of Shadow since UMK3 -- Noob is a natural choice to join the other members of his Netherrealm clan when they wage their war against Edenia, The Heavens and anybody else who might be in their sights.

As a faceless, all black palette swap first seen as a powerful secret character in MKII -- Noob Saibot had a certain mystique and charm. When Deception dropped the bombshell of his true identity -- that of deceased Sub-Zero and Scorpion's arch-nemesis: Bi-Han -- the character had finally arrived. He received an update in 2011 - one of the best. It's easy to understand why Noob Saibot has been on the steady rise as one of fandom's cult favourite characters!

Refining what was already done very well would make Noob Saibot a welcome return to a sequel. With his allegiance to Quan Chi putting him directly beside arch-nemesis and revenge killer Scorpion -- he could be the component that completes one of MK4's most memorable plotlines in his brother's absence. Deadliest of enemies and slaves under Quan Chi's power -- but for how long?

#6 Rain

By popular demand, Rain found his way into Mortal Kombat (2011)'s first generation DLC program as the third of four characters in their Season Pass. If MK4 plotlines are to play out as originally depicted - Shinnok will be launching his campaign through the conquest of the realm of Edenia!

While it's Tanya who should arguably have the responsibility of inviting the devil into their realm -- it would be wonderful to see more Edenians involved in this plot. It wasn't until the Sega exclusive MK Gold that the heavily involved Kitana was instated as a playable character in the MK4 line-up. If that same predicament is reprised, this is another one of MK4's failings that can be a priority focus in the new version. Kitana, Sindel & Jade were all killed off in the last game. Shinnok's plot may ultimately circumvent the Edenian component -- but if it doesn't, Rain could once again be the recipient of some much needed character development.

Revealed to be a power hungry demigod in Armageddon -- Rain could further have a unique perspective if Shinnok is successful in launching an onslaught on the Heavens -- a major plot point in MK4. If Argus appears to offer name-gods as sacrificial lambs, then Rain has multiple personal stakes in the sequel conflict. A character who adds a unique gimmick to the playable roster.

#7 Cyrax

In the 2011 story mode, Cyrax appeared in his original iconic role as an automated killing machine programmed by the Lin Kuei clan. In one of the expanded plotlines of the mode -- Cyrax appeared in human form, revealing his reluctance to be a part of the cyber initiative. This plants the seeds for the story that unfolded in MK4 update - MK Gold - where Cyrax was famously recovered from the desert by the US Special Forces and freed of his programming!

With Jax among the dead, we'd love to see the Special Forces ranks replenished with this enjoyable storyline. In both timelines, the development has the benefit of diversifying both groups - Lin Kuei & Special Forces. It was a plot line cribbed from the original cyborg Smoke, but as we know of 2011 - Smoke never became a cyborg. Which really only makes it all the more available to be Cyrax' arc.

Cyrax's stock has been on the rise since his return in 2002's Deadly Alliance. Strong performances by tournament players gave Cyrax some solid competitive credentials. Live-action web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy upped his profile in one of the most broadly appealing episodes: the final of the first series. As a returning character, he's earning his place in the pantheon of classics. A unique playable option to bolster whatever sequel mix comes.

#8 Mileena

We don't really know what Shao Kahn's defeat means for the fate of Edenia. The paradise realm was conquered and merged with Outworld, but became separated as a result of Liu Kang's victory in the original timeline. Whatever the case, the royal lineage appears to favour Mileena.

As long as Kitana & Sindel remain dead -- Mileena has the genetics to claim Shao Kahn's throne, and the deceptive appearance to claim Edenia's. We weren't particularly fond of the 2011 reboot's retooling of the Tarkatan-clone daughter of Shao Kahn -- which included an infants personality -- but we'll assume that wouldn't stand in the way of this new take on Mileena's classic story.

Prolonged plot relevance could be an issue, but that goes hand-in-hand with voice actress Karen Strassman's resume update [full story] - which included a "Supporting" role for "Mortal Kombat 2". In the scheme of things, that could very well mean a playable appearance that features only a brief role in any story mode -- perhaps as an unlikely ally in the fight against Shinnok.

#9 Kenshi

The blind sword saint Kenshi was the second character included in Mortal Kombat (2011)'s downloadable content cycle. Introduced in 2002's Deadly Alliance, he has proved to be one of the most enduring characters introduced after MK3! The minimal nature of his involvement as a DLC extra only fuels the desire to see him playable and ready to go from launch!

If Raiden is recruiting heroes to replace the deceased chosen warriors, then you'd have to assume Kenshi is a natural. His stakes in the conflict may not be the most personal, but we don't know what to expect in terms of new characters, or new additions. In the original timeline, Kenshi found himself among the ranks of the Special Forces. We'd be happy to see that happen again, but also quietly hope more tailored rivals can be created to challenge him. If Kenshi does make a return, we could speculate Ermac won't be too far behind. It was the soul warrior who educated blind Kenshi in the art of telekinesis in the original timeline.

We liked what they did with Kenshi, but getting him into the main roster is a fine opportunity to play around with this character. With samurai warriors a trope unvisited by the Asian infused series, we might like to see something in that vein incorporated into main, or alternate designs.

#10 Shang Tsung

MK4 remains the basis of much of our speculation, but as noted at the end of the last kountdown -- there's every chance events from Deadly Alliance, Deception & Armageddon are incorporated into the sequel. We saw a playful "deadly alliance" reference during the story mode of MK2011, when Shao Kahn employed the combo of Shang Tsung & Quan Chi during his Outworld tournament. Could they reunite in an upcoming sequel to further the betrayal of Shinnok?

Impressions leave most believing Shao Kahn killed his sorcerer when empowering the resurrected Queen Sindel -- but Shang Tsung's mastery of souls is legendary. Was Tsung truly killed? Perhaps merely aged by the sapping of souls he'd consumed? If we're already considering the possibility of dead characters returning, you can bet we're investing in any shred of ambiguity that circumvents the need for resurrections.

Shang Tsung has been a favourite villain for the series throughout its long history. The kung fu sorcere of the original MK was a welcome presence in Mortal Kombat (2011), and could be a fun way to play with his appearances in the original sequels -- which saw him get younger with each outing. As a returning fighter, we'd be pleased to see him.

Narrowing the returning list to just ten was very difficult! We know we missed some very legitimate choices. Register to comment on the Top 10, share your own list, and join the speculation on the forums! There's just 1 week to go until the June 2nd countdown ends! Be with us as we anticipate the next big game from NetherRealm Studios!

KungLaodoesntsuckPosted: 05/26/2014 11:31 PMStatus ::


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I'd say Ermac and Johnny Cage both have strong chances to return as well.

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Jaded-RavenPosted: 05/26/2014 11:40 PMStatus ::


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Glad to see Rain on the list, and it is understandable Jade isn't. But I do think we're going to see the characters under Quan Chi's control in some way or another though. ;P

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I can agree with this list besides Shang Tsung. He needs a break. Possibly to reappear at the end of story mode to let us know he's back. As of now the plot revolves around Quan and Shinnok. Shang is a big player. Too big to be overshadowed by these two. My opinion is give him a break, but let us know he's going to be making a return.

And I can't comment on a returning character thread without mentioning my poor Sub-Zero. Oh Subz why? Mk9 was a systematic way of letting us know there would not be two mascots of Mk anymore, but just one flaming douchebag for the mascot from now on. The complete lack of respect for your character will hopefully be fixed in this game. I won't get my hopes up though.



Immortal_KanjiPosted: 05/26/2014 11:52 PMStatus ::


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I'd say besides Shang Tsung either

- Sub-Zero
- Liu Kang
- Reptile
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- Skarlet

Darklurkr23Posted: 05/27/2014 12:02 AMStatus ::


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I can't see ANY character not be playable in MK(10) that wasn't in MK9 they're not going to take away fan favorites (or at least make em dlc later on)

But new characters? I think we definitely have all DLC charcters (except freddy and kratos of course), Shinnok may be Boss Only, maybe in Crazy SOB Mythologies form

I'd actually love them to bring in Fujin, Fire/Earh/Water god into MK10 im sure they could be retconned as alive since "MK1 Subzero once fought for earthrealm"


But you know the BIG Secret? I know they're going to Ally Scorpion w/ Earthrealm after finding out about Quan Chi. Too much was hinted in MK9 cuscenes that he couldn't. He's a fan favorite, been neutral/evil too long. I think MK10 will end well finally giving the Flame-Head a peaceful soul rest.

Oh and maybe Shang Tsung takes over Zombie Kang? I could see it.
Reiko son of Kahn as a fight for the thrown? (he could be thrown in)
Black Dragon live - Jarek or Movado?

Anyone but Drahmin

ReptileFinallyPosted: 05/27/2014 12:28 AMStatus ::


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Scar_Subby Wrote:
I can agree with this list besides Shang Tsung. He needs a break. Possibly to reappear at the end of story mode to let us know he's back. As of now the plot revolves around Quan and Shinnok. Shang is a big player. Too big to be overshadowed by these two. My opinion is give him a break, but let us know he's going to be making a return.







This seems likely, I wouldn't mind Shang taking a break for the sequal. I don't know how they could possibly bring him back so soon, but NRS has surprised me before.

MK176Posted: 05/27/2014 12:43 AMStatus ::


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I definitely would love to see the DLC characters like Kenshi and Rain to be on the initial roster for MK10 and I think they have a lot of potential with the story. Especially since they tried making Kenshi one of the leaders of the forces of light in Armageddon, I can easily see him be one of the main heroes that will get some focus in this new game's story.

For characters not on the list, Johnny's most likely returning. I'm personally hoping to see his true potential with his powers show a bit. I think elements of his ending in terms of his potential could be seen here and there. I think it'd be great for Johnny's growth as a character.

I also think Ermac is likely to come back. More specifically, I can see his ending be somewhat true where we can see him as King Jerrod. If Edenia were to be free (or at least in the process maybe) at the end of this game's story, and knowing that Sindel, Kitana, and Jade are currently dead, it'd be nice to see another Edenian perspective on Raiden's side this time around in the form of Jerrod.

Finally, I think in some way shape or form, Sub-Zero will most likely come back, specifically in human form. Popularity wise, he's pretty much second in line after Scorpion as a poster child for the series. I could see either Bi Han somehow (I've definitely heard predictions of him being separated in the Soulnado as a corrupt Noob Saibot and then a purified Bi Han), or Kuai Liang can be revived. In Kuai Liang's case, I think him dying as a cyborg actually might work better. In the past games, the cyborgs that lived never really became fully human. Maybe with death, some sort of revival process could bring him back to a human form. And hey, if Kuai Liang is in the Netherrealm, that could tie in with a potential Sareena involvement if she were to be in this game and be connected with Sub-Zero like she did in the past.

Overall, this kountdown and the previous one really has me hyped up to see who'll be in this game. I really hope we get a decent sized update/news soon during E3.

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All seem like obvious choices. Raiden sure as hell has a lot of explaining to do, he totally dropped the freaking ball. I guess he never got the divine memo that Mortal Kombat is only meant to prevent the merging of realms (to stave off the One Being), not invasion. The Elder Gods have always only been concerned about themselves.

Quan Chi is my favorite MK baddie; sure, he's diabolically evil like the lot of them, but he's more devious and cunning than Shao Kahn and even Shinnok, considering how he swindled everyone by keeping the real Amulet for himself...right under their noses.

ErmaScoPosted: 05/27/2014 01:18 AMStatus ::


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I hope Shang Tsung would return and more than this I hope he would truly get what he deserves. I am totally tired of them trying to push Quan Chi over him.


I don't mind him joining the good side temporarily.

Baraka407Posted: 05/27/2014 01:50 AMStatus ::


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Great list!

I get the feeling that Quan Chi, Raiden, Sonya, Scorpion and Cage are almost no-brainers at this point, but who knows, they could surprise us.

I'd like to see Noob, Mileena and possibly Shang Tsung return. I'm not really big on the cyber ninjas and after four straight games, I just don't think that I enjoy Kenshi or his moves as much as I did originally. I'm on the fence about Rain.

I'd like to see Skarlett just because I'd like to see what she does once Shao Khan's out of the picture. Plus, I don't think they've scratched the surface on what she could be capable of.

I really hope that they just drop Ermac's name entirely and just call him Jerrod, even if it's only off this game. It would also be kinda cool if Jerrod being the dominant soul gave Ermac some new and different moves.

So yeah, I guess my list would be

Quan Chi
Raiden
Sonya
Scorpion
Cage
Noob
Mileena
Shang Tsung
Skarlett
Jerrod

RedSumacPosted: 05/27/2014 03:37 AMStatus ::


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Article Wrote:
As a faceless, all black palette swap first seen as a powerful secret character in MKII -- Noob Saibot had a certain mystique and charm. When Shaolin Monks dropped the bombshell of his true identity -- that of deceased Sub-Zero and Scorpion's arch-nemesis

Noob Saibot being Bi-Han was first revealed in MK Deception, not in MKSM.

hydraslashPosted: 05/27/2014 03:47 AMStatus ::


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It'd be nice if some of the characters who were treated as walking punching bags in story mode (eg. Reptile, Baraka, Sheeva) received some development or more prominent roles in the next game.

I'm also quite keen to see Noob going about his dirty business in the sequel too.

Hopefully under the new leadership, the Lin Kuei don't join the Brotherhood of Shadow in the new game, and act either as a neutral entity in the upcoming war, or on the side of Earthrealm. I never understood why they were helping Kahn in MK9...

"Sonya Blade, this is Grandmaster Sektor of the Tekunin Clan. Our consciousness is no longer bound to flesh." Sonic 2 Meets Mortal Kombat?!
KungLaodoesntsuckPosted: 05/27/2014 07:03 AMStatus ::


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I'd like to see Skarlet return as well. They have a new character, might as well use and develop her. I really don't like Rain, but I could see him being on the initial roster this time around. I have this feeling he'll be another punching bag.

Sub-Zero is a given. He'll return no matter what. Noob I am curious about though. I'm sure the writers will think of some BS to bring him back.

I think some of the more popular enslaved soul characters like Kitana and Kung Lao will also be playable.

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They're going to find a way to revive and bring back Sub-Zero obviously, that better be the case for Kitana as well, those two should staple in every MK game.

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RedSumac Wrote:
Article Wrote:
As a faceless, all black palette swap first seen as a powerful secret character in MKII -- Noob Saibot had a certain mystique and charm. When Shaolin Monks dropped the bombshell of his true identity -- that of deceased Sub-Zero and Scorpion's arch-nemesis


Noob Saibot being Bi-Han was first revealed in MK Deception, not in MKSM.


that's what I was thinking.

big thanks to flameshang for the sig.
BADASS6669Posted: 05/27/2014 12:46 PMStatus ::


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I think everyone from MK9 should return plus 10 from MK4 to MK:D and 6 NEW!

Or drop the bottom 10 least used from MK9 like Ed kept saying.

I definitely believe that somewhere in Story Mode we will be able to unlock the soles of the everyone Sindel killed.

Sex is Evil, Evil is Sin, Sin is forgiven, so Sex is in. I kill people for a living. Get over it.
Immortal_KanjiPosted: 05/27/2014 01:07 PMStatus ::


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How will they bring Sub-Zero back to human form in order for it to be faster and gain that signature scar.

I want an unmasked Sub-Zero and for the broken cyborg form of his to be a third costume.

And as for Smoke, will he return as a cyborg? Still if he'll be an enenra.

mkwhopperPosted: 05/27/2014 01:24 PMStatus ::


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Scorpion and Sub Zero are obvious shoe ins.

Johnny and Sonya should be in since they are one of the last defenders.

The undead characters can be hidden unlockable characters(If they do the whole unlockable character thing again).

I want Noob in just because.

Hurr DurRaiden too.

New Characters I want: -Sareena(updated moveset)
-Tremor(If they make him cool)
-Havik
-Kai(needs a updated moveset)
-Tanya(updated moveset)
-Fujin
-Quan Chi(obvious shoe in)
-Shinnok(obvious shoe in)
-Bo Rai Cho(make him better please)
-Reiko


I think I am missing some new characters.

Returning: -Scorpion
-Sub Zero
-Kenshi
-Noob
-Ermac
-Rain
-Skarlet
-Johnny
-Sonya
-Smoke(hidden)
-Liu Kang
-Jade(hidden)
-Kitana(hidden)
-Kung Lao(hidden)
-Kabal(hidden)
-Cyrax
-Reptile
-Sektor
-Jax(hidden)

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Killing so many characters in the last game was a pretty ballsy move by NRS. That said, I hope they don't retcon it all to hell because muh icons. Here's my list, no particular order:

- Ermac
- Rain
- Sonya
- Johnny Cage
- Raiden
- Reptile
- Mileena
- Quan Chi
- Kenshi
- Scorpion

My justification? With the exception of Scorpion since we all know who and what he is, all of those guys are still alive, in-story. Noob gets an honorable mention as well, since I'm sure he'll be back too. Hopefully Boon and Co. stick to their guns when writing the story for this next game and allow the MK4 (and possibly beyond) guys to receive their proper due. If the previously reanimated characters are to come back, it should be as unlockables or DLC. I seriously wouldn't mind seeing a character like Kitana or Sub-Zero require some work to unlock. I'd happily pay for Smoke and Kabal as DLC if it means we don't have to deal with any more sellout cash-grab guest characters (before that can of worms gets opened, I'm 100% sure there will be at least one or two in the next game).

NRS made their bed with the story mode in the last game. I'm eager to see if they lay in it or if they once again decide to nuke it with retcons and go to IKEA to buy a new one.

Bryden88Posted: 05/27/2014 05:16 PMStatus ::


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RE: Kountdown: 10 Returning Kombatants Ready to Kontinue!

Mortal Kombat has always had a "hero" in the story.

MK1-MK4 it was Liu Kang.

Arguably, MKDA it was a mixture of having Scorpion's chase against Quan Chi and Kung Lao as the main two hero people.

MKD and MKA well... people we really couldn't care less about IMO.

MK9 it was Raiden.

Now, I know some people hate him, and others love him. I'm in the latter camp (except multiplayer, I never touch Scorpion in multiplayer because overused.) I think Scorpion is awesome.

I would also like him to officially be "retired" after MK10. Or at least, significantly change him. It's time for that. They've evolved Sub Zero, they've evolved Raiden, and the cyborgs and so on, but Scorpion has always been the same.

I agree with that one poster. Let Scorpion get his peace. Let him be the big damn hero, and let him ultimately play a role in the hero team winning, and let him be reunited. I would LOVE to see him become the ninja he was. Maybe he gets his human life back, gets his family back. Have an actual ninja on the roster that isn't super powered. I'd be all for that.

RiyakouPosted: 05/27/2014 06:13 PMStatus ::


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RE: Kountdown: 10 Returning Kombatants Ready to Kontinue!

I doubt Sheeva will return, but it would be quite a pleasure to see her in MK10.

Sheeva gets very little love, but with her MK9 ending, I think she could become quite the heroine.


Also, if I must add, now would be the perfect time to kick off another KAK tournament.

MK176Posted: 05/27/2014 06:51 PMStatus ::


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RE: Kountdown: 10 Returning Kombatants Ready to Kontinue!

Thinking about it, besides Sub-Zero, I think if any of the dead kombatants were to be revived and playable for the next game, I could easily see Jade and Smoke.

In Jade's case, maybe we can see an elaboration on what happened in her ending. Maybe not in terms of Jade being possessed, but whoever that woman was could actually play a small role, possibly revive her, and subtly set things up for MK11 while Jade, Raiden, and the rest of the heroes try to beat Shinnok and his forces (assuming the woman in Jade's ending has good intentions that is).

As for Smoke, if Noob Saibot were also in the game, I can see some sort of set up for Noob building up his own army and have Smoke be one of his initial recruits. Since Smoke is a demon, we can see more of that shown where it can take over his humanity, especially with the state he's in now, it might be easier for this to happen. Those are my guesses currently for returning kombatants.

wdm6789Posted: 05/27/2014 07:29 PMStatus ::


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The suspense. It's killing me. Can we get something official soon?

In the case of Mileena how intelligent is she supposed to be? I feel like she's just going to end up as a henchmen for Shao Kahn or Shinnok or whoever. I liked in the original timeline that Mileena was still intelligent and cunning. She took over Edenia's army, pretending to be Kitana. Will they ever touch on the Mileena/Baraka thing again? Was that only mentioned in MK2 or was it also in UMK3? Or Gold? Wasn't there something with Mileena and Barak in Deception? I apologize sometimes all the stories start to run together. There's another little thing that the retcon kinda fucked up. Mileena and Baraka could have had their romance for a long time and kept it hidden from Shao Kahn. But that was the old timeline, now Mileena has no history.

Scar_SubbyPosted: 05/27/2014 09:32 PMStatus ::


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RE: Kountdown: 10 Returning Kombatants Ready to Kontinue!

I agree with you for most everything you said, but if they left out the least used characters then all DLC would be left out because they weren't there for the first couple of months. Skarlet, Kenshi, and Rain would all be at a disadvantage and I think they all need to return over some of the more used characters.


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