The majority of fans pay to see the STARS! No stars = no sales! How is this not common sense?
You know what?! Go play another game if you want "fresh characters"!
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Mortal kombat is not a Metal Band bud, I think you frequently confuse the two. Sub-zero is a fictional character. Ya know, like the easter bunny, the tooth fairy and Jesus.
Sub-zero has been battered and beat up for the entirety of MK9 . I foresaw the smear campaign against sub-zero long before the game even hit stores. If he was so "iconic" he wouldn't have been down-played as much as he was.
I will say this again and if you refute it you are simply avoiding a glaring fact: Scorpion is MK's Icon, not Scorpion "and" Sub-zero. That has been evident through the entire marketing campaign. Sub-zero was only present to show off Scorpion's superiority. Sub-zero is not as important as people want him to be, unfortunately. Like I said previously, Sub-zero is my favorite character, but that doesn't change the fact that he is being phased out to make way for someone else.
If he comes back, good. If he doesn't I'm not worried about it. Mortal kombat will still be Mortal kombat even if he isn't in it. What you fail to realize is that MK's success is not contingent upon sub-zero's return.
NRS is concerned with raking in "NEW" fans, not old fans. This most recent MK was basically a "swan song" to the MK's of old and starting over fresh. Change is inevitable. Castlevania started over from scratch and was awesome!! MK can do the same, MK SHOULD do the same.
Like a few of you said, money talks. Well they are looking for "new" money now and the majority of that money is being paid for Scorpion, NOT Sub-zero. Compared to Scorpion Subzero was a very lack luster character. his fighing style was vapid and slow, his moves weren't flashy or memorable and neither were his fatalities or X-ray. Sub-zero will be replaced in the Next MK game Plain and simple. Read the signs. Can you people really be so brain dead as to assume that he's coming back just because a couple people like sub-zero? Its like seeing a huge, black cumulonimbus cloud coming right at you and still insist it's gonna be 80 and sunny because you want it to be.
Ya know what you haven't taken into consideration? Curiosity. people will buy games based on curiosity. Most people don't know any specifics of MK, yet that is the largest group of casual gamers out there. When MKX comes out most casual game "buyers" will associate MK with "Scorpion" not Subzero. When I hear random people mention MK they always refer to SCORPION not Sub-zero. I don't care what online polls show. MK is now all about establishing Scorpion as the ICON not both.