And... I really do want Sam back. I understand that it might be a little hokey, but... what if he weren't part of the game per se, but was an unlockable character (like Jeanne or Zero in Bayo) with his own fighting style? I'd take that! :)
As much as I like Sam's character, what I'll really miss is playing as him. I thought he had a great playstyle and I would love to play the whole game (or a sequel) with that style.
"The act of treachery is an art, but the traitor himself is a piece of ****." - Mike Tyson
I really want the Codec Crew to return, I know it will be hard with Raiden having left Maveric but if you delve deep into the Codecs they are insanely fun. Boris is hilarious, as is Herr Doctor. Courtney is simply fun to talk with, nice subjects about food (love to eat!). Kevin is a bit of a downer though.
And yeah if they can bring back a guy who's been dead for god knows how long just so he can die again before the credits role in a game in the series I won't mention..they can bring back freak'n Jetstream Sam.. if only for a cameo or guest appearance.
Just imagine an AI Sam fighting side by side with the AI Blade Wolf. Now there's a dynamic duo!