For those who don’t know, back in the ’90’s, there was a popular fighting game franchise called Killer Instinct that was developed by Rare, whom you may know from such other hits as Goldeneye 64, Conker’s Bad Fur Day and more recently, Kinect Sports. The game developed a rather healthy following and enjoyed a lengthy span in arcades as one of the top fighters of its time. It also spawned a sequel, Killer Instinct 2, which while not AS popular, was still a fantastic game in its own right. In 2002, Microsoft acquired Rare as a third-party developer and the KI franchise has since become completely silent with no news of it at all. That silence was broken today though, as Microsoft announced via PlayXBLA.com that they had renewed their trademark on Killer Instinct.
Source > IGN.com
So what does this mean for the franchise? Could we be seeing the fabled and long awaited follow Killer Instinct 3 or maybe some XBLA based HD remakes of the previous titles? The fighting game market AND community are running at all-time highs right now and excitement for something like the return of Killer Instinct would be an incredibly hype-inducing event. Or is this simply Microsoft’s way of keeping a hold on the trademark just to block other developers from acquiring it and really have no plans of doing anything with it? It’s all pretty much speculation right now but it’ll be interesting to see how this develops if it does so at all.
— Evo out.