It’s been a few years since Xbox fans have a new Killer Instinct game to look forward to, but if rumors are to be believed, a new entry in the fighting game franchise could be in development. Windows Central’s Jez Corden claims he’s heard rumors of a new Killer Instinct game being developed at Bandai Namco. Unfortunately, there is no word on the development team that may be working on the game. Corden has a strong record when it comes to Xbox, but readers should disregard all of this until we have official confirmation.
“I have also heard vague rumors that one of Bandai Namco’s fighting game development teams may be involved, although I have not been able to independently verify that,” Corden wrote.
Killer Instinct was originally developed by Rare, released in video games and on the Super Nintendo in the 90s. The franchise was acquired as part of Microsoft’s purchase of Rare in 2001, along with franchises like Banjo-Kazooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. The A Killer Instinct reboot was released alongside the Xbox One in 2013, developed by Double Helix Games and Iron Galaxy. The game is now available on Xbox Game Pass, and the servers are still intact, so players can still join online multiplayer.
Bandai Namco has a strong track record of developing beloved fighting games, owning brands like Tekken and Soulcalibur. The publisher also has a history of working closely with other companies, having developed Pokken Tournaments for Nintendo. It would make sense for Bandai Namco to be involved in the series, but it’s hard to say how much of a priority it has over Xbox; at the end of the day, Killer Instinct isn’t quite an AAA franchise. While the series has fans, it has never been as popular as some of Rare’s other games. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens!
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