Killer Instinct License Recently Renewed, Reasons Analyzed.

kiKiller Instinct was one of the biggest fizzles in the fighting game world, starting out strong and then disappearing after only one sequel: Microsoft may be changing that in the near future.

Though Microsoft bought out the original developer Rare, Microsoft has(with no pun intended) rarely used Rare, especially when compared to the ways Nintendo had allowed them to create. The company thrived on creativity and while a lot of it was aimed at Nintendo-based characters like Donkey Kong and Star Fox, Rare created their old brand of quality with games like Killer Instinct.

Using the ACM (Advanced Computer Technology) Nintendo and Rare created a fighter called Killer Instinct, which was half Street Fighter and half Mortal Kombat. There were finishing moves, a huge focus on 60 plus hit combos (ULTRA! ULTRA! ULTRA!) sexuality (B. Orchids finisher was literally eye-popping,) and wacky characters all fighting in a futuristic tournament called Killer Instinct. The game series was a huge hit for Nintendo but ever since Microsoft bought Rare, the series has remained in rumored reboot/sequel status since the buyout.

The reinvigorated license could mean that Microsoft and Rare are planning to bring something to gamer's screens soon. It may just be a high definition port of the original arcade title with online support. Or it could be a collection of the two titles with similar treatment. However, many are hopeful the news will be bigger, showing a rebranded, rebooted franchise come to life once again.

Only time will tell. Microsoft's official notification for fans of the series was assuring a neutral position, saying "We have either renewed or refiled a trademark application in various jurisdictions."Can they be any more vague? Do you want to see a third Killer Instinct game? Who would you play as in said proposed title? Tell us in the comments below!


Last Updated ( 18 September 2012 )  

Michael "Miketendo" Levy

Raised on an NES, Saturday AM cartoons and sugary cereal, Michael Levy was your average 80's kid growing up. Despite having odd obsessions with bears, peanut butter, zombies and Tifa Lockhart, 'Miketendo' is also the creator of the YouTube review series: D.Y.H.P.T.G?! (Dude, You Haven't Played This Game?!)

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(Link to this comment) gamesgaryjp 2012-09-18 19:11
Amazing, i loved Killer Instinct. Best fighter ever alongside Power Stone!
(Link to this comment) ChaseBuscus 2012-09-24 17:28
watch they are going to bring an HD version out on xbox live and then give us what we have been waiting for KI3. i can only hope.

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