For the upcoming Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm Studios is creating a whole new generation of characters that players can use to brutally murder one another. Just because we’ll be seeing new kombatants, however, doesn’t mean that the originals are completely out of the picture. Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Kano and Raiden have already been announced, and concept art has been shown for Ermac, but Ed Boon may have revealed two more classic characters that will be included in Mortal Kombat X: Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage.

At Gamescom last week, OXM UK asked game director and series co-creator Ed Boon about the game’s roster, and its lack of original characters. Boon responded by essentially confirming the presence of two major characters that have been around since the original release of Mortal Kombat in arcades; “To me personally, part of the magic of introducing Cassie Cage is to see her interact with her mother, Sonya and father, Johnny Cage. I think it would be, story-wise, a lost opportunity if we didn't show that. So we haven't announced the characters, but because Cassie Cage is in it doesn't mean that her parents are not in the game."

While Boon doesn’t quite come out and say that Johnny and Sonya will be playable in the game, his statement pretty much affirms their presence in some fashion. From a story perspective, their inclusion makes sense. The beginning of Mortal Kombat X will take place directly after the events of 2011’s Mortal Kombat, but the story will take us 25 years into the future, leaving space in the roster for even more returning fighters.  With four confirmed returning fighters on the roster, we wonder if even more characters from the franchise may appear. The ending of 2011’s Mortal Kombat left almost everyone dead, but Quan-Chi survived, and managed to resurrect many fallen warriors like Kabal, Kung Lao, Nightwolf, Sindel, Kitana, Jade, Cyber Sub-Zero, Smoke, Jax Briggs and Kurtis Stryker, so we could even see undead versions of these well-known fighters.

With at least 16 roster spots left, we’re sure to find out more before its 2015 release on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.