Yes. And imagine Jason's presence were at the expense of Goro's...! Then you should able to see where many, even Shao Kahn fans, are coming from.
Satisfy the game's fans FIRST, then pander to the wider, non core audience.
I hate to tell you, but I don’t think Shao Kahn would’ve been in the roster without Jason. They want to make a game without him, that's why they put his soul in Ermac.