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Microsoft Making Future Plans For Killer Instinct?

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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.

2 Comments

Karrde said:

I think there's some odd concentration of KI fans here in Mn, Swede :P I really hope this isn't just some odd trademark protection thing and it means KI will make some kind of comeback. Personally, I wish they'd even just release a KI HD on some platform (well other than just XBL since I only own PS3, Wii and PC XD ). And I mean the Arcade version. Screw it, let's just have KI and KI2 bundled in 1 HD package. I would never leave the house again XD

Hal said:

Oh man, I looooved Killer Instinct, ashamed as it makes me now that I realize how creepy my boyish crush on Tusk was... (It's the badass tattoo, I swear...)

I'm amazed that Rare and Microsoft have taken this long to ressurect the franchise, but I won't complain that they are (maybe) doing it now. ...but only if they don't nerf Orchid the way they did in Killer Instinct 2. That was a crime.

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