I Think this Roster Makes sense..
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I Think this Roster Makes sense..
01/30/2019 10:12 AM EST
02/01/2019 03:19 PM EST

Hey guys, here’s my best guess at the roster, & I think it makes sense. Let me know what you think.

First name in row is my first guess at the roster slot. The subsequent characters would be the follow up guess for that roster spot. These are characters that I do not see being on the final roster TOGETHER.

EDIT: remove kronica, add “new character” , add Erron Black to D’vorah Slot

MK roster

Confirmed or heavily hinted:

1. Scorp
2. Subby
3. Sonya
4. Skarlet
5. Baraka
6. Raiden
7. Geras
8. Cassie
9. Johnny
10. Kitana
11. Liu Kang
12. Kung Lao
13. Kano
14. Kabal

Remaining:

15. Noob

16. Jade/Mileena - (w/ skarlet & Kitana this would bring female ninjas to 3 total.. I think it is Jades time)

17. Smoke/rain/reptile/ermac - Smoke and Noob will replace Ermac and Reptile this time. (I think we will see a base of 4 ninjas in the original roster like MKX. And they’ll save 1 for KP1 - probably reptile in KP)

18. Shang Tsung
19. Fujin/Kenshi (50/50)
20. Takeda
21. Jax/Jacqui
22. Kotal Kahn
23. D’Vorah/erron Black (50/50)

24.New character
25. New character - ( this would bring total to 3 new characters)

#26: Shao Kahn

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01/30/2019 11:15 AM EST

I suppose it makes sense but isnt it perhaps a little safe......no new Kharacters or surprises?

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01/30/2019 11:36 AM EST
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I suppose it makes sense but isnt it perhaps a little safe......no new Kharacters or surprises?

3 new characters. Some returning MKX newbies.

Very safe, yes.. but I think there are too many mainstays that are waiting for their turn since mk9... hell it was tough not putting sektor on this list.

25 spots is more reason to play it safe, IMO

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01/30/2019 12:01 PM EST
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I think it's best to just sit back and watch things unfold rather than set any sort of expectations for an MK game these days.

I would say that seems like a reasonable prediction, but again with NRS it's best not to set expectations because they usually fall short of most of them.

Good call not putting Cyrax or Sektor on there. I think those characters are pretty much done. NRS has shown how little regard they have for them with Triborg. I don't think we'll see an independent Sektor or Cyrax ever again.

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01/30/2019 01:38 PM EST
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Thats not a fan favorite roster.

No Fujin, Noob, Mileena, Shang tsung in the initial roster is a bit of a letdown.. and im not even talking about Sareena, Kitana etc.

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01/30/2019 02:27 PM EST
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Thats not a fan favorite roster.

No Fujin, Noob, Mileena, Shang tsung in the initial roster is a bit of a letdown.. and im not even talking about Sareena, Kitana etc.

I’m not sure what you mean, all those characters are listed besides Sareena.

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01/30/2019 02:31 PM EST
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I think it's best to just sit back and watch things unfold rather than set any sort of expectations for an MK game these days.

I would say that seems like a reasonable prediction, but again with NRS it's best not to set expectations because they usually fall short of most of them.

Good call not putting Cyrax or Sektor on there. I think those characters are pretty much done. NRS has shown how little regard they have for them with Triborg. I don't think we'll see an independent Sektor or Cyrax ever again.

Unfortunately, I agree with you on cyrax and sektor . I think NRS is shying away from them.

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01/30/2019 02:51 PM EST

Thank you for sharing your prediction. It has more merits and makes more sense than all the alleged fake rosters that we have been given.

Safe ? Yes, but it's decent enough...

Personally, I'd drop all the MKX new comers except Cassie ( since she is revealed anyway) and replace them with classics like Nightwolf, Sindel and ensure Mileena's presence.

Also doesn't Skarlet have some D'Vorah's vibe ?

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01/30/2019 07:41 PM EST
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Also doesn't Skarlet have some D'Vorah's vibe ?

You know what, now that you mention it she does kind of have a D’Vorah vibe. D’Vorah played similarly... kind of a mid hybrid zoner. The aesthetic is completely different. But I could see D’Vorah having a move where bugs lift the opponent up and hold them for a free hit similar to skarlets blood tentacles.

I just think D’Vorah was one of the more popular new characters out of mkx because she was so unique.

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01/30/2019 08:05 PM EST

I like that list, especially if we get Fujin instead of Kenshi. Dude’s been in every MK game since Deadly Alliance (not including MKvsDC).

Noob, Jade, Smoke, Shang Tsung and Fujin would be a great 16 through 20. I could see Rain being there instead of Smoke since Rain’s already been DLC before, so if he’s not main roster, he’s not in and that would kinda surprise me. I’d prefer Smoke, but that’s just me.

Takeda, Jax/Jaqui, Kotal Khan and D’vorah seems like an interesting group. I like Takeda and hope he returns. I think we’re getting a max of two Kombat Kids returning and Takeda and Cassie were easily the most popular. I also wouldn’t want to lose him so someone like Nightwolf or Sindel makes the cut, but that’s just my own preference. I’m not too big on MK3 newbies not named Kabal.

Kotal Khan should absolutely be in the game as well. He has a great look, some interesting moves, and tons of story potential, especially if Raiden invades Outworld. Plus I really want to see a Kotal Khan / Shao Khan showdown.

After that, I could maybe see Erron Black making the cut due to fan demand, but o could definitely see him as DLC too.

D’vorah is kind of in a strange place right now. If Quan Chi and Shinnok aren’t in the game (which is by no means a guarantee), what is there really for her to do? She could possibly have something to do with reviving Noob perhaps, but I kinda tend to think the time bending is going to take care of that. I like her as a character a lot and hope she’s DLC, but for the main roster, especially as it pertains to Noob, I’d rather they put Sareena in.

Lastly, Jax/Jaqui. It’s a good prediction due to that rumored leak but man I hope Jax sits out. Guy’s been in 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and X. He’s missed Deception. That’s it. Just give him one game off so I can miss him and actually care if he’s in the game again.

As for Jaqui, I like her as a character in the story. She’s far less annoying than the other three kids and I liked her budding friendship / romance with Takeda. But they’ll really need to revamp her gameplay because it’s pretty dull and lacks any real personality to it. If they don’t do that, I think fans could really end up hating her by the time MK11’s over and then she’s really likely to end up on the scrap heap with the rest of the characters NRS avoids like the plague and I don’t want that happening to her.

So while Jax or Jaqui could easily be the right pick, I’m kinda hoping they go a different route. Great list otherwise!

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01/31/2019 05:18 AM EST

I really hope Jax and Jacqui sit out this game.

Jade, Noob Saibot, Rain, Shang Tsung and Kabal are the ones I'm really looking forward too. Also Erron Black and D'vorah are two characters I really want back to see how they changed.

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01/31/2019 11:25 AM EST

Everyone agreeing about Cyrax and Sektor makes me sad.

I don't think triborg was a type of disregard for our robo friends.

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Good call not putting Cyrax or Sektor on there. I think those characters are pretty much done. NRS has shown how little regard they have for them with Triborg. I don't think we'll see an independent Sektor or Cyrax ever again.

I think Triborg was a reasonable way to incorporate 3 fan favourites (and a bonus cyber sub) through DLC.

I am okay if we never see them as seperate characters again. It makes some sense with the variation system. However, I would be really sad if we never saw either of them again.

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01/31/2019 11:42 AM EST

Nah, I am sure we will see the cyborgs again. They are as popular as the ninjas

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01/31/2019 01:27 PM EST

I would not like them to be Triborg again, I love Sektor, I hate Cyber Smoke and Cyber Sub-Zero... Cyrax is cool too, but not mixed with the much more awesome Sektor.

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01/31/2019 09:34 PM EST

The only time I ever want to see Triborg again is if they make a third game with a complete roster, and he's there for completion's sake. Right next to Chameleon & Khameleon. And in a game that doesn't have variations, I imagine he'd have to be changed to function similarly to them.

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01/31/2019 09:43 PM EST
01/31/2019 09:47 PM EST
Onaga

I think it's best to just sit back and watch things unfold rather than set any sort of expectations for an MK game these days.

I would say that seems like a reasonable prediction, but again with NRS it's best not to set expectations because they usually fall short of most of them.

Good call not putting Cyrax or Sektor on there. I think those characters are pretty much done. NRS has shown how little regard they have for them with Triborg. I don't think we'll see an independent Sektor or Cyrax ever again.

funny thing is nrs/ed shows a lot of little regard to quite a few characters and most of those characters they don't really care for are ones people are always talking about how they want them in the game, you say you can't please everyone in a game and right away you get attacked and its always the same arguments, it gets old and i don't really get what it does for those people who just want to complain that the roster is not what they want

if fujin and rain are in this game its cause fans bitched and moan about them, yeah they will put them in but they aren't giving them more effort they are giving to let's say their favs Sub and Scorpion, it's more of a 'k you guys can stfu now' kind of thing, they literally killed off hsu hao so much that it's like 'k he is done get over him' yet people on forums are literally NO HSU HAO NO BUY

and they cater more to those who are in their nrs team, i forget his name but when Kitana was revealed in mkx he was there on the Kombat Kast and talked so highly about her since she is his fav, he is working with them so like she's in, us little people like their characters and we buy their games, at the end of the day nrs/ed just cares we buy it, it's not like we get little thank you letters when we open our game case saying thank you *insert your name* for pre-ordering the game we have heard what you wanted so here is your game hope you love it

since mkx till now people are still upset, just wait till you see the full roster if its safe oh well move on then if you hate it, being angry cause this person is in than that person you can't do anything about it really it's in their hands not ours and they will not nor will they ever please everyone

also they have so many characters in the 3d-era games where no one used so why would they put them in the game now that be a waste of a spot, if they were smart they should have a customize a character so if your 3d-era person is not in the game you could just create your own version of him/her

the more bitching you do over these characters the more they want to piss you off they know what they are doing they are not stupid

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02/01/2019 03:17 PM EST
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I like that list, especially if we get Fujin instead of Kenshi. Dude’s been in every MK game since Deadly Alliance (not including MKvsDC).

Noob, Jade, Smoke, Shang Tsung and Fujin would be a great 16 through 20. I could see Rain being there instead of Smoke since Rain’s already been DLC before, so if he’s not main roster, he’s not in and that would kinda surprise me. I’d prefer Smoke, but that’s just me.

Takeda, Jax/Jaqui, Kotal Khan and D’vorah seems like an interesting group. I like Takeda and hope he returns. I think we’re getting a max of two Kombat Kids returning and Takeda and Cassie were easily the most popular. I also wouldn’t want to lose him so someone like Nightwolf or Sindel makes the cut, but that’s just my own preference. I’m not too big on MK3 newbies not named Kabal.

Kotal Khan should absolutely be in the game as well. He has a great look, some interesting moves, and tons of story potential, especially if Raiden invades Outworld. Plus I really want to see a Kotal Khan / Shao Khan showdown.

After that, I could maybe see Erron Black making the cut due to fan demand, but o could definitely see him as DLC too.

D’vorah is kind of in a strange place right now. If Quan Chi and Shinnok aren’t in the game (which is by no means a guarantee), what is there really for her to do? She could possibly have something to do with reviving Noob perhaps, but I kinda tend to think the time bending is going to take care of that. I like her as a character a lot and hope she’s DLC, but for the main roster, especially as it pertains to Noob, I’d rather they put Sareena in.

Lastly, Jax/Jaqui. It’s a good prediction due to that rumored leak but man I hope Jax sits out. Guy’s been in 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and X. He’s missed Deception. That’s it. Just give him one game off so I can miss him and actually care if he’s in the game again.

As for Jaqui, I like her as a character in the story. She’s far less annoying than the other three kids and I liked her budding friendship / romance with Takeda. But they’ll really need to revamp her gameplay because it’s pretty dull and lacks any real personality to it. If they don’t do that, I think fans could really end up hating her by the time MK11’s over and then she’s really likely to end up on the scrap heap with the rest of the characters NRS avoids like the plague and I don’t want that happening to her.

So while Jax or Jaqui could easily be the right pick, I’m kinda hoping they go a different route. Great list otherwise!

Good post, and good call on Erron Black.. I don’t know how I over looked him. He has a good shot at making the roster, for sure.

I added him to the D’Vorah slot

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02/01/2019 03:26 PM EST

These lists are getting stupid. I'm all about speculation and stuff but this is going non-stop.

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RE: I Think this Roster Makes sense..
02/01/2019 09:13 PM EST
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If you really wanna break it down, this will be our roster more than likely...

100% Included;

  • Scorpion
  • Sub--Zero
  • Raiden
  • Skarlet
  • Baraka
  • Geras
  • Sonya Blade
  • Kano
  • Liu Kang
  • Kabal
  • Shao Kahn
  • 95% Included;

  • Cassie Cage (Menu, intro footage)
  • Johnny Cage (Background, behind the scenes footage)
  • Kitana (Menu, Story Mode, intro dialogue)
  • Rain (Menu)
  • Smoke (Menu??)
  • Kung Lao (Story Mode)
  • 90% Included;

  • Noob Saibot (Male winner of Ed's poll)
  • Jade (Female winner of Ed's poll)
  • 80% Included;

  • Shang Tsung (Facial model looks a whole lot like Cary Tagawa)
  • Erron Black or Fujin (Because you don't hire Troy Baker to be Shinnok for literally 2 minutes)
  • 70% Included;

  • Any other Kombat Kid (Takeda, Jacqui or Kung Jin)
  • Kotal Kahn (Because Shao Kahn is supposedly in Story Mode so Kotal gonna get his ass beat)
  • Jax (Included in a supposed leak list from a "game tester" than has proven accurate so far because of Kabal)
  • That is 24 right there out of 26. Since Kronika is not playable, its anybody's guess who the last two are. Literally could be anybody. Well, almost anybody. Sorry, Hsu Hao.

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    02/01/2019 10:49 PM EST
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    If you really wanna break it down, this will be our roster more than likely...

    100% Included;

  • Scorpion
  • Sub--Zero
  • Raiden
  • Skarlet
  • Baraka
  • Geras
  • Sonya Blade
  • Kano
  • Liu Kang
  • Kabal
  • Shao Kahn
  • 95% Included;

  • Cassie Cage (Menu, intro footage)
  • Johnny Cage (Background, behind the scenes footage)
  • Kitana (Menu, Story Mode, intro dialogue)
  • Rain (Menu)
  • Smoke (Menu??)
  • Kung Lao (Story Mode)
  • 90% Included;

  • Noob Saibot (Male winner of Ed's poll)
  • Jade (Female winner of Ed's poll)
  • 80% Included;

  • Shang Tsung (Facial model looks a whole lot like Cary Tagawa)
  • Erron Black or Fujin (Because you don't hire Troy Baker to be Shinnok for literally 2 minutes)
  • 70% Included;

  • Any other Kombat Kid (Takeda, Jacqui or Kung Jin)
  • Kotal Kahn (Because Shao Kahn is supposedly in Story Mode so Kotal gonna get his ass beat)
  • Jax (Included in a supposed leak list from a "game tester" than has proven accurate so far because of Kabal)
  • That is 24 right there out of 26. Since Kronika is not playable, its anybody's guess who the last two are. Literally could be anybody. Well, almost anybody. Sorry, Hsu Hao.

    I'm not buying Rain at 95% at all. I'm still not even convinced the guy in that menu pic IS Rain... Sub-Zero & Scorpion both have alt costumes in MK11 with their hair up and exposed like this (and one of Sub-Zero's is clearly patterned after Rain's color scheme to boot). It could easily be either of them in said alt costumes. I'm not saying it doesn't resemble Rain... but I think Rain fans are counting this chicken WAAAAAY before it hatches. And as I've said in other threads, I frankly think Reptile, Rain, Shinnok & Cyrax's moves being tower modifiers is a strike against all of them. It baffles me to keep seeing people who think he's a lock.

    Also I don't think that grey ninja from the menu is Smoke. It's far too non-descript. Just looks like the same kind of generic grey ninja they used to fill out the background shots in MK9.

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    02/01/2019 11:06 PM EST

    I agree with much of what Kenshimaster has said for the roster and on the whole it’s not too bad of a roster.

    I am not really sure on Rain though and I have a real bad feeling that smoke won’t be in despite the fact that he should be and would be awesome. I am really hoping against hope that Jaxx isn’t in this game but I think he will be, I mean we got Kano again after all so why shouldn’t he be back too!

    One thing I was thinking with Kabal though that might upset some people is that he might be DLC, they have to start teasing/revealing the first Kombat Pack characters soon to help secure some more preorders of the premium packs and he would be a good seller. I could be entirely wrong in this but it’s just a thought I had.

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    02/01/2019 11:20 PM EST
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    If you really wanna break it down, this will be our roster more than likely...

    100% Included;

  • Scorpion
  • Sub--Zero
  • Raiden
  • Skarlet
  • Baraka
  • Geras
  • Sonya Blade
  • Kano
  • Liu Kang
  • Kabal
  • Shao Kahn
  • 95% Included;

  • Cassie Cage (Menu, intro footage)
  • Johnny Cage (Background, behind the scenes footage)
  • Kitana (Menu, Story Mode, intro dialogue)
  • Rain (Menu)
  • Smoke (Menu??)
  • Kung Lao (Story Mode)
  • 90% Included;

  • Noob Saibot (Male winner of Ed's poll)
  • Jade (Female winner of Ed's poll)
  • 80% Included;

  • Shang Tsung (Facial model looks a whole lot like Cary Tagawa)
  • Erron Black or Fujin (Because you don't hire Troy Baker to be Shinnok for literally 2 minutes)
  • 70% Included;

  • Any other Kombat Kid (Takeda, Jacqui or Kung Jin)
  • Kotal Kahn (Because Shao Kahn is supposedly in Story Mode so Kotal gonna get his ass beat)
  • Jax (Included in a supposed leak list from a "game tester" than has proven accurate so far because of Kabal)
  • That is 24 right there out of 26. Since Kronika is not playable, its anybody's guess who the last two are. Literally could be anybody. Well, almost anybody. Sorry, Hsu Hao.

    I'm not buying Rain at 95% at all. I'm still not even convinced the guy in that menu pic IS Rain... Sub-Zero & Scorpion both have alt costumes in MK11 with their hair up and exposed like this (and one of Sub-Zero's is clearly patterned after Rain's color scheme to boot). It could easily be either of them in said alt costumes. I'm not saying it doesn't resemble Rain... but I think Rain fans are counting this chicken WAAAAAY before it hatches. And as I've said in other threads, I frankly think Reptile, Rain, Shinnok & Cyrax's moves being tower modifiers is a strike against all of them. It baffles me to keep seeing people who think he's a lock.

    Also I don't think that grey ninja from the menu is Smoke. It's far too non-descript. Just looks like the same kind of generic grey ninja they used to fill out the background shots in MK9.

    Normally, I would agree with you about Rain and Smoke however these are my reasoning outside of just either of them being on the menu alongside Kano, Kitana and Cassie (which is good enough reason) but here goes;

    Rain - Way too much backlash after being not playable in X and then not DLC. Combine that with that fact Ed may want to pay tribute to Prince by having him included after his death, that could be reasoning enough. There's also the fact the costume is so similar to his appearance in X with some minor differences. It looks like an upgrade of that look, similar to how Kano's face piece looks upgraded from the X model in that artwork with Cassie.

    Smoke - It does indeed look like a generic ninja model but then I saw how basic Kano looks in his render and it could very well be that Smoke has a very basic look that will be heavily modified. That could be (and it pains me to say this because I'm not fully sold on gear) his "pre-gear" look. But again, that's why I put a ?? next to it because if it's not him, I think he's missing the bus. But since Noob is likely in, my bet is Smoke is too.

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    02/02/2019 02:03 AM EST

    Thanks Kenshimaster, I also I agree agree that smoke and noob are going to be in... to replace reptile and ermac.

    I think 4 ninjas will be the benchmark that NRS plays to

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    02/02/2019 05:01 AM EST

    If MKX is anything to go off then 4 “ninjas” definitely seems like their limit which is frsutrating as these characters are hardly even ninjas anymore I mean did you see reptile and Ermac in the last couple of games???? And even rain has digressed so much from just a purple ninja now.

    i know they originated as palette swapped ninjas but now all 7 of them are so far progressed from that era in both story, appearance and move sets that they can hardly be called ninjas anymore.

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    02/02/2019 12:49 PM EST
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    If you really wanna break it down, this will be our roster more than likely...

    100% Included;

  • Scorpion
  • Sub--Zero
  • Raiden
  • Skarlet
  • Baraka
  • Geras
  • Sonya Blade
  • Kano
  • Liu Kang
  • Kabal
  • Shao Kahn
  • 95% Included;

  • Cassie Cage (Menu, intro footage)
  • Johnny Cage (Background, behind the scenes footage)
  • Kitana (Menu, Story Mode, intro dialogue)
  • Rain (Menu)
  • Smoke (Menu??)
  • Kung Lao (Story Mode)
  • 90% Included;

  • Noob Saibot (Male winner of Ed's poll)
  • Jade (Female winner of Ed's poll)
  • 80% Included;

  • Shang Tsung (Facial model looks a whole lot like Cary Tagawa)
  • Erron Black or Fujin (Because you don't hire Troy Baker to be Shinnok for literally 2 minutes)
  • 70% Included;

  • Any other Kombat Kid (Takeda, Jacqui or Kung Jin)
  • Kotal Kahn (Because Shao Kahn is supposedly in Story Mode so Kotal gonna get his ass beat)
  • Jax (Included in a supposed leak list from a "game tester" than has proven accurate so far because of Kabal)
  • That is 24 right there out of 26. Since Kronika is not playable, its anybody's guess who the last two are. Literally could be anybody. Well, almost anybody. Sorry, Hsu Hao.

    I'm not buying Rain at 95% at all. I'm still not even convinced the guy in that menu pic IS Rain... Sub-Zero & Scorpion both have alt costumes in MK11 with their hair up and exposed like this (and one of Sub-Zero's is clearly patterned after Rain's color scheme to boot). It could easily be either of them in said alt costumes. I'm not saying it doesn't resemble Rain... but I think Rain fans are counting this chicken WAAAAAY before it hatches. And as I've said in other threads, I frankly think Reptile, Rain, Shinnok & Cyrax's moves being tower modifiers is a strike against all of them. It baffles me to keep seeing people who think he's a lock.

    Also I don't think that grey ninja from the menu is Smoke. It's far too non-descript. Just looks like the same kind of generic grey ninja they used to fill out the background shots in MK9.

    Hi,

    I just wanted to comment on this.

    I'm a big Rain fan, so I'm biased, and yet I'm trying to have some reasoning.

    Let me post a link of a video featuring the menu:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tadgngCqdrE

    So if I take your first argument, you basically have Scorpion and Sub-Zero fighting on one picture, and on the one next to them you have Scorpion or Sub Zero AGAIN cosplaying Rain. So for you it makes more sense than having the actuall Rain ?While it looks 100% like Rain ?

    Lets say it's not Scorpion or Sub-Zero, they created a whole new character, the exact copy of Rain, instead of adding the character fans are asking ? Does it makes more sense for you ?

    This IS Rain: purple and gold cloth, the purple back of the mask, oriental design (like he now has on the modern MK), the pony tail, the overall purple tone of the picture.

    You can argue that him showing on the menu does not prove he is playable, but not that this is not Rain.

    So now, how much of an evidence is that that Rain is playable ?

    First of, he has a new outfit. They would not have bothered if he was only modifier. That means he is at the very least story NPC. But would they really make him NPC twice in a row ? After the whole backlash it made in MKX ? I'm not saying that backlash was deserved, but NRS definitly aknowledged it, and I doubt they'll do it again, not with him.

    Would Rain be the ONLY non playable character in the game shown on those menu pictures, while all the others are playable, just to piss of Rain's fans twice in a row, like: "hey look, he's NPC again so we decided he would be the only one not playable on the main icon of the game menu".

    I really doubt it.

    Also you have to look at that picture, it means something:

    https://imgtc.com/i/jYEUDHA.jpg

    Rain is illustrated as someone you can pick to play the tower. If he was shown as modifier, assist, boss or NPC, he would be on that tower, in the background, like someone you have to reach and defeat, or watching from a distance, stuff like that. From an iconographic stand point, it makes sense. The game is 3 monts away from release, it is final, if Rain was scrapped, they would have had all the time to change that picture.

    And of course there are outside of the box reasons, like fans demands, tribute to Prince...

    So the klassic modifiers are indeed bugging me, so are the Sub-Zero Rain's cosplay. But I think Rain sitting on that menu, weights a lot more than anything else that could be thrown against him.

    One theory is that Rain's got a complete revamp of his gameplay, just like Skarlet. He may not have his classic moves anymore, including the bubble and the lightning strike. So why not breaking the rules, and recycle this modifier alwready done from MKX ? And if you really want to have a meaning to it, remember there is the whole time travel thing, so that Rain modifier is just a Rain from the past, with an old moveset from the past, and who cares honestly.

    I also think they don't want too many ninjas in the game.

    We will probably have 4 base ninjas: Rain and Noob might replace Reptile and Ermac, and the 5th ninja: Smoke, could be DLC like Tremor was, replacing him in the same process.