I kinda feel like MK’s in a weird place right now. They aged forward a lot of the trilogy cast and they certainly don’t seem overly inclined toward taking the current plot in a Dragon King or Armageddon direction again. They also seemingly turned some of the heroes evil (or left them evil, I guess) and added several new characters, which one can easily assume will happen again in the next game.
So who makes it this time? How many trilogy characters, how many 3D era characters, how many MKX newbies and how many new characters?
It seems odd to me that after ten games they’d rely so heavily on the trilogy cast, but then again, I thought it was weird that they chose to do this in MKX, but maybe it’s now finally time to transition some characters out for a game or two, especially now that we know they’re pretty good at making new characters?
One thing that’s kinda sad as a fan going back to the first game is that the more the roster grows, the less of a chance some of the more obscure characters seem to have in making a triumphant return. I’d love to see them realize Mavado’s potential, or Drahmin’s, or Fujin’s or Kai’s. But while Fujin at least appeared in cameo form in MKX, he seems to be the only one of these four with even a snowball’s chance of appearing in the next game.
I’d honestly kinda like it if they limited the number of trilogy characters returning, as I’d like to see other characters get a chance, but I’d also like a chance to miss some of them for a game, like Reptile, Jax, Sonya and others that seem to appear in every game.
Personally, I’d kinda like to see a roster like this:
Shao Khan (Hidden Unlockable-Playable)
Kung Lao (Hidden Unlockable-Playable)
Raiden (Sub Boss-Unlockable-Playable)
Liu Kang & Kitana Endurance (Sub Bosses-Unplayable)
New Sub Boss Monster (Unplayable)
New Boss (Unplayable)
It’d be nice to see some hidden characters again, perhaps even more than I have here.
The nice part is that the story can pretty much go anywhere now, so I’ll be curious to see what they decide to do. I know they’ll never have this many 3D era characters in a game, regardless of how much they’ve aged the trilogy characters, but it’d be nice if they could strike a better balance and not have a roster full of older characters that have been in most games for a while now.