First thing's first. Yes, I'm back if only for one or two posts, because I thought this was worth sharing, given the amount of speculation. I probably won't be sticking around. Most of you know how I am, if you know me...you know I don't like forums in general, and I don't like being spoiled. Hence, my self-imposed exile will resume quickly, very likely after I make this post.
Second...this MIGHT be a MAJOR spoiler for this game. I don't think that it would be so blatantly obvious if it was intended to be a master secret, but this is an observation I made when watching the Sub vs. Scorp video from the IGN demo reels. If it is what I think it is...it's a major plot element.
THIS IS POTENTIALLY A MAJOR SPOILER. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
The speculation regarding Sub-Zero's identity in this game has been pretty hot. Kuai Liang and Bi Han both died in MK9. Bi Han became Noob, and his fate is currently unknown (but likely alive). Cyber Sub-Zero, last we saw, is dead (apparently getting a knee to his face plate from Sindel is fatal). That most likely rules out both Kuai Liang and Bi Han as Sub-Zero...unless some miraculous event restores Noob to Bi Han, or Kuai Liang becomes un-cybered. Even if that IS the case...if this Sub-Zero is either Kuai Liang or Bi Han...they are not themselves.
Again, you've been warned.
Sub-Zero is Shao Kahn
Now...we know the arcade endings in MK9 were not canon...BUT...that DOES NOT mean that events depicted in those endings aren't canon. We remember Cyber Sub-Zero's ending, don't we? It was silence...only a series of animated sequences that showed the soul of the defeated Shao Kahn entering Cyber Sub-Zero and taking possession of the body. Now of course....the story depicts that Shao Kahn was defeated by Raiden BUT...like I said, events within the arcade endings, while not the final outcome of the game, do have some truthful canon to them.
So where am I getting this from?
Look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYDyzfrAjnA
During the course of that fight, Sub-Zero defeats Scorpion. At the end of round one, observe the following:
* Sub-Zero says "I will freeze your soul"
* Sub-Zero covers himself in ice
Nothing too telling right? Look closer.
Sub-Zero freezes himself in ice that replicates Shao Kahn's armor. The comment about freezing a soul? Probably not coincidental.
So then why is Kahn ACTING like Sub-Zero? Well, why not? Shao's duplicitous. And if he has a goal to accomplish, why wouldn't he? Perhaps Shao and Sub-Zero are separate and struggling for control? Perhaps Sub-Zero made a deal with Kahn (hence returning him to human form)? We have to wait and see. But watch closely. Sub-Zero is Shao Kahn. And I'm dying to know how this plays into the story. Enjoy.