It won't surprise me if they do bring Onaga as DLC since they have the other Khans in the game. Onaga is a big dragon character, so he will draw in the non hardcore MK fans into playing as him. I feel like he is long over due to return.
This was literally Ferra/Torr and Erron Black in MKX, though.
Blank slate / bland characters with no lore build up that we got little to no info on except "Oh, they're Kotal's henchmen" (because of course), and yet Erron Black is back for MK11.
On this I agree with you.They wrote such shit, that they themselves just pressed "RESET" button and left it to burn.
Now it is. Here is a new character. They were always part of the lore, you just didn't see them, as they worked from shadows. But they did every important thing in the story. You just didn't see it. Don't question our logic.
And people still bring that bullshit excuse. "Tis is a fighting game! Story isn't as important!" Madafawka, if you introduce a thing called CINEMATIC STORY MODE, then do the BARE MINIMUM and write the DAMN STORY. Story requires consistency, lore, a PROPER FOUNDATION so the person can follow it from the start to the finish. Nobody is asking for them to write Django or the next Revenant. Just do the BARE MINIMUM. Cause at this point there is no point in investing in any of the characters. Oh, you fell in love with the character? Been a huge fan of the character for years? Loved the character for whom they are and how they started? WELL SHIT HAPPENS BOIS. Next game that character is gonna be 180. I bet they gonna make Fujin gay next. And he is romantically involved with Raiden.
Kronika is just the worst offender in this instance. As her existence is an insult to the entire lore.
I'm not disagreeing with you on the new blank slate characters, and yeah, I've said for years that I'd like to know more about these characters that isn't just some "they were there all along" or the MK11 equivalent BS of Stephanie's "Lore Minute."
That said, for as much as I've heard complaints about Kronika, Kotal Kahn and D'Vorah being offenders of the whole blank slate / retcon / "they were there all along" fad in the last few games, how easily people forget that they did that shit with Quan Chi in Mythologies, somehow being the mastermind behind the Scorpion and Sub-Zero feud.
Yet, people give Quan Chi a hypocritical pass because he's "cool." M'kay.
Midway games back then actually evolved with their fighting game stories. Yeah, sure. Story was still cheesy and cliche, but tell me one fighting game that gave you options like Deception, Armageddon or Shaolin Monks? They aren't remembered fondly just cause of nostalgia. They left an impact. For the first time fighting games introduced an option for players to travel the world of that universe. That helped build stable foundations for the lore. Even with things like Chaos language being just devs making jokes in reverse, it was still amazing to visit all of the different realms. Build the image of the world, as you explore it and meet all the known characters and find them at specific chapter of their journey.
But now? Chars appearing out of nowhere, random boring locations and instead of witnessing the story through your gameplay, you watch cutscenes.
Btw... Kotal Kahn got butchered as a char. I would say it is even worse than it was for me with Frost. Frost was never established as interesting character since her new reveal in MKX comics. She was always shown as an idiot with zero personality and constant whining.
But Kotal Kahn. While the char was one of those "He was always there", he was at least a legit interesting char in MKX comics, but then in MKX got butchered into some weakling that turns tail at every corner and gets beaten in a random duel. MK11 was pretty much death sentence for him.
Eh. I mean... damn it is obvious for us all here. They just threw random stuff together and said "looks good enough", before they set in on fire.
Oh and don't get me started on "Lore Minute". It's like Destiny 1. Hey look at all this cool lore! None of it is in the game though! You have to join our little shitty website and read it there! Cause characters in our games don't have time to explain, why they don't have time to explain.
Lately I noticed this thing with creators. Game of Thrones, Destiny and now MK. They add a character or write a shitty episode and then give us a 1 minute explanation of why that happened...
Even with their limitations back then, though, during MKII and MK3 we knew that there was more going on with Sub-Zero (for example) and that there was more than meets the eye in the bio and ending, so I can't just excuse Midway completey, either.
MKII SZ Bio:
"Thought to have been vanquished in the Shaolin Tournament, Sub-Zero mysteriously returns. It is believed this secretitive member of the Lin Kuei, a legenary clan of Chinese ninjas has traveled into the Outworld to again attempt an assassination of Shang Tsung....."
".......This new warrior is actually the younger brother of the original (MK1) Sub-Zero."
As for Kotal, yeah, I do wish that they would have better expounded on Kotal in MK11.
Even with the MK11 website, things like Goro's retconned death in MK11 are never explained and the shitty in-game explanation is that "when Shang Tsung died, then so did everyone on the island." It's utter horse-shit, though, because Goro had some awesome MKX comic book development and was alive at the end of the comic series and at the end of the MKX game itself.
It's ludicrous that we have to wait until goddamn Sheeva drops as DLC to hear certain intro lines (spoiler) to find out what the f-ing hell actually happened to Goro, post-MKX.
Someone modded Jacqui to have Sektor's model and it literally hurts my heart that they cut him from the game
There are examples all over the place of MK characters coming from nothing and getting further put into the lore.
Those Ermac and Skarlet "glitches" were hoaxes, the former in particular was perpetuated by EGM magazine (the same publication responsible for the Sheng Long hoax in the World Warrior version of SF2) in an attempt to scam gullible readers.
Rain was in the attract mode to scam players into thinking you could play as him or fight against him, and nobody figured out that Ed Boon was a Prince fan at the time.
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It's alive and well on my perfectly working Sega Genesis, and I've tested out the theory various times that when you select Scorpion sometimes he will in fact turn red.
It's a color / coding glitch, but it sure as hell isn't a hoax. I can assure you of that.
Btw speaking of a joke. Not even 6 months passed...
To be fair, this is PC only, but judging by viewership, Youtube censorship, lack of anyone caring, DLC movie characters taking priority, Sindel being retconned, PC issues... yeah. This game ain't doing hot.
Man, people called this months before MK11 even came out. They got 35k players and in less than 4 months, lost 34k. Even SFV with all its bullshit did way better in the first year.
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