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Microsoft willing for a new Killer Instinct game, but says no developers are available to make it

New Killer Instinct game, Black Orchid

“Fight on” or nah?

Although Maximilian’s Killer Instinct Twitch tournament last weekend pulled in an impressive 43,000 viewers at its apex during the grand finals last week, proving the game still has its fair share of fans — could the 2013 reboot of the popular ’90s fighting game be the last new installment we see for the series for quite some time? Or ever again?

A recent episode of the Xbox Two podcast reported that Microsoft is willing to give the green light on a new Killer Instinct game — problem is, there are simply no developers available to work on it.

“I know Microsoft wants to do Killer Instinct, it’s not like they didn’t want there to be a sequel,” Rand al Thor 19 explained in the Xbox Two podcast, “it’s just that they had nobody to make it, at least that’s what I was told.”

Windows Central editor Jez Corden reiterated the same bit of information regarding a new Killer Instinct game. “I was told that there’s just not a developer available to make the game.”

New Killer Instinct game, Orchid vs Jago


Although 2013’s Killer Instinct reboot was developed by Double Helix Games, the company was purchased shortly thereafter in 2014 by Amazon for its video game subsidiary, Amazon Game Studios. Ensuing developer Iron Galaxy, which worked on Killer Instinct Seasons 2 and 3, has been spending the bulk of the past few years working on ports for marquee titles such as Spyro Reignited Trilogy for the PC and Overwatch for the Nintendo Switch.

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Would you like to see a new Killer Instinct game made to reignite what was proven with Maximilian’s Killer Instinct Twitch tournament to be a still more than enthusiastic fanbase? Which developer should be tapped to make a new Killer Instinct game for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S when they’re not busy with other endeavors? What about Rare, in a move that would complete a nostalgic full circle for the developer who made the very first Killer Instinct for the arcades and SNES back in 1994?

We won’t lie: we hope 2013’s Killer Instinct isn’t the last game in which we’ll ever hear the iconic, “ULTRA, ULTRAAAAAA, ULTRAAAAA!”

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Ninja Gaiden was my rite of passage at an early age. After finally beating that game (and narrowly dodging carpal tunnel) I decided to write about my gaming exploits. These days I enjoy roguelikes and anything Pokemon but I'll always dust off Super Mario RPG, Donkey Kong Country and StarFox 64 from time to time to bask in their glory.

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