Yeah, that’s 100% why I left Kano out. Granted, they could easily keep Kano in the game and have his son, who I believe was Red Dragon and despises him for the abuse Kano doled out to him as a kid, sort of feud with him. That would make a lot of sense. Same goes for Kung Lao and Kung Jin.
For what it’s worth, Kano was one of my favorite character designs in MKX, especially his commando variation.
I really do hope though that they leave Kenshi, Jax, Cage and Sonya out, especially if Cassie, Takeda and Jacqui wind up in the next game. There was SO much generational overlap in MKX. I mean, I get why they did it from a story perspective and even the game perspective itself, as it might’ve been rather jarring to pick up a new MK game and all of your favorites are in the story, but you’re only playing as their kids.
But now that we’ve had that sort of transition game, I think we can leave a few of them in as story characters and let a few of them skip the game entirely. I don’t hate any of these characters, by the way. I just think the downside of having so much overlap, even if it was necessary, was that it kinda gave the “kombat kids” a bit less agency and independence to be their own thing and not just younger versions of characters that already existed. It made them seem a bit less of their own characters in their own right.
That’s not the worst thing ever, but I hope for the next game, they can kinda step out of that kombat kids role and really sort of stand alone without needing their parents in the game. I think that’s why I didn’t include Kano initially, as I kind of assume his kid will be in the game, but that could potentially be a more unique situation. Same goes for Kung Lao and Kung Jin.