Being the head of the official "Shut Up, Killer Instinct was F*cking Awesome" Facebook page, it's safe to say that I have a soft spot for the series. Casting aside the visual style of Street Fighter, while not quite adopting Mortal Kombat's grisly, "pulling out one's spine the way a doctor would remove a tapeworm" brand of ultraviolence, the game's quirky cast (featuring hot, fire elemental on werewolf action) and combo-heavy battles managed to tickle the fancy of yours truly's teenage incarnation.
Now, it seems that Microsoft might have an interest in reviving the long-dead franchise, as noted by their renewal of the Killer Instinct trademark. The news came from Microsoft itself, which issued the following statement, as posted by The Examiner:
With all due respect to our friends in the media who like to frequent trademark sites, we thought we'd break this one ourselves [...] Our legal eagles have authorized us to say: "We have either renewed or refiled a trademark application in various jurisdictions."
While no details have emerged on plans for said revival, those of us for whom "Ultra Combo" is like the most spectacular of mating calls welcome the news. The possibility of a full revival has been speculated, as has a more modest XBLA release, but we'll have to see how things pan out for Killer Instinct in the coming months.