Killer Instinct (Xbox One): Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

Killer Instinct

Gamers who were watching Microsoft’s E3 2013 press conference got the surprise of their lives when a familiar fighting game made its long awaited return – Killer Instinct! We know the game just got revealed this week but a bunch of important info has come out about it already. Here’s the top ten facts you need to know about this Xbox One exclusive fighter.

1. The Game is an Xbox One Exclusive

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This reboot of the Killer Instinct series is landing on Microsoft’s Xbox One as a console exclusive. The game is being prepped to launch alongside the console once it finally releases in retail stores across the nation. Microsoft went through some great pains to make this game came to fruition, as they made an attempt to acquire the rights to the game’s trademark. At first, their request met some opposition due to a TV show having the same name as the game. In the end, Microsoft successfully obtained the trademark and got the ball rolling for the sequel/reboot we’re seeing now.

2. Different Versions of The Game Will Be Sold Upon Release

Killer Instinct: Questions Answered 'Producer Interview' E3M13Michael Willette, the Senior Producer of Killer Instinct covers some key topics about the release of KI, demo characters, costumes, soundtrack and much more. Follow Me! NEW Facebook Page! As a perk of being a Machinima Affiliate, I received a monetary bonus for posting this video as part of a promotion for E3…2013-06-12T06:42:50.000Z

Killer Instinct will be a launch title for the Xbox One. However, fans won’t have the option of purchasing a physical copy of the game (sign this petition if you’d like that to change). Along with the physical copy, a demo (which comes with Jago as a playable character) will allow gamers to play all of the game’s modes including online mutliplayer. After the demo comes to an end, you then have the option of purchasing packages that feature other characters. Along with these two editions of the game, multiple versions will also be available at launch. Each one will feature different levels of content in order to appeal to many different types of fighting game players. The video seen above offers some more information on this topic, as well as some more upcoming features for the game.

3. Double Helix Games is Developing It

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The original developers of the past renditions of the series aren’t working on this new Killer Instinct. Double Helix Games is the development studio who’s been tapped to create this fighter. Double Helix Games has worked on past titles such as Silent Hill Homecoming, MX vs. ATV Reflex and Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters. For a behind-the-scenes look at the studio and the game, hit up the following link.

4. Several Combo Heavy Mechanics Have Been Added for This Sequel

Killer Instinct: Impressions-Gameplay-Thoughts by Maximilian E3M13Follow Me! NEW Facebook Page! As a perk of being a Machinima Affiliate, I received a monetary bonus for posting this video as part of a promotion for E3 2013.2013-06-11T12:08:05.000Z

Killer Instinct Info – Game Features – System MechanicsKiller Instinct Info – Game Features – System Mechanics. Combo Breakers, Finishing Danger Moves, Ultra Combo Breakers, Shadow Moves, Throws and etc. Game News Twitter

Past Killer Instinct games are known for including insane combo opportunities and flashy gameplay. That major aspect of the series is making a return to this edition, but new mechanics are also being implemented to freshen up the entire experience. pointed out some of those new features:

Shadow Linkers (think EX moves) in the new Killer Instinct add between 10-12% damage to combos, in the current build of the game. It’s possible to combo after landing a throw…every fighter will have between 3-4 special moves and they’ll all be Shadow Linkable, and one of the best ways to gain meter is to have your opponent block attacks.

The videos posted above offers a more visual representation of the new gameplay mechanics in motion.

5. Double Helix Games is Working With Microsoft to Solve The Always Online Issue for Tournament Play

UPDATE: The Xbox One no longer has to constantly be online just to play games.
Everyone who considers themselves a hardcore gamer must know that the Xbox One must maintain a constant online connection in order for anyone to use the system and play its games. This could present a major problem for fighting game tournaments, as the games that are played there are usually contested on consoles that are offline. Double Helix Games knows this and they are working with Microsoft to present a solution to this potential issue. The tweet seen above should ease the fears of those who don’t think Killer Instinct will be a viable game at future fighting game tournaments.

6. Old School DLC Costumes and Interactive Stages May Appear in the Game

Michael Willette of Double Helix Games notified fans of the game that potential DLC costumes that retain the old school look of the roster are a real possibility. This could occur if the fan demand is strong enough to warrant their inclusion. The inclusion of interactive stages as also hinted at, as evidenced by the Tweet seen below:

When more information about the game’s DLC and other features become available, we’ll have those updates right here for you all to see. Check out some of the videos displaying some of the accessories that can be tied to some of the characters in the game:

Killer Instinct: Accessories for Jago, Glacius, and SabrewulfFor the first time we see Accessories! These are customizations you can add to your character to make him unique. Jago, Glacius and Sabrewulf are featured.2013-11-01T01:50:08.000Z

7. Glacius Will Be Playable at EVO 2013; New Characters Will Also be Revealed

Killer Instinct: Chief Thunder Teaser/Glacius CombosOur First Online Warrior/Assist Me T-Shirt Available Now! Follow Me! Official Facebook Page!

At the premier fighting game tournament of the year (EVO 2013), Double Helix Games will present a demo of the game (in its arcade cabinet, possibly). Fan favorite Glacius will be playable, plus a character reveal will take place during the tournament’s proceedings. This roster list will be updated as more characters are revealed:

Chief Thunder
B. Orchid
T.J. Combo

During an interview with Polygon, Microsoft’s Torin Rettig provided some details on how the game will feature a smaller roster:

Most fighting games that come out are disc based games where you get a huge cast of awesome characters, but it is a massive cast. Some games have anywhere between 30, 40, even 50 characters. And in reality, most players don’t play that many characters. You just only have so much time to get good at so many characters. So we wanted to take that into consideration and release the game in a way that took that into consideration and allowed players to get in and play the game at the level that they want to play it.

8. Several Members of the FGC Have Demoed It

Cross Counter LIVE: Killer Instinct Demo w/ @gootecks, @filthierich, @berserker_mike, @reepalDouble Helix Games brings the freshly announced Killer Instinct to Cross Counter LIVE for a special exclusive sneak peek! Lead producer Mike Willette gives Rip from Level Up Your Game an in-depth demo of Sabrewulf and Jago. Thank you to the Double Helix Games team for this special first look at Killer Instinct, it is…2013-06-12T18:02:43.000Z

Cross Counter LIVE: Killer Instinct Demo: Justin Wong (@JWonggg) vs. @AlexValleSF4Double Helix Games brings the freshly announced Killer Instinct to Cross Counter LIVE for a special exclusive sneak peek! The FGC's own Justin Wong and Alex Valle demo the game, as well as experience some of the new fighting mechanics. Thank you to the Double Helix Games team for this special first look at Killer…2013-06-13T18:50:49.000Z

Several known members of the FGC (Fighting Game Community) have had the chance to put the game through its motions. Some of those members include Maximilian, Ryan Hart, Justin Wong and Alex Valle. The first video showcases the Cross Counter Live demo while the second video displays a set of matches between Justin Wong and Alex Valle.

9. The Online Net Code is Getting Worked on Extensively

Fighting games are known for being heavily invested in when it pertains to online play. Double Helix Games knows this, which is why they’ve put in a lot of effort to ensure that Killer Instinct has a strong online net code. The tweet seen above alludes the the game’s net code being inspired by the net code of some popular fighting games.

10. Training Lessons Will Help Casual Players Get Into The Game

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40 training lessons will be feature as a part of the game’s overall package. These lessons are being designed to ease players into the more hardcore aspects of Killer Instinct’s mechanics. Check out the videos of these game mechanics below:

Killer Instinct: Whats in Training ModeThe guys from Double Helix show us what training mode is all about and dive into the features of the new mode.2013-11-01T01:37:02.000Z

Killer Instinct: This is Dojo ModeWe go over Dojo Mode in Killer Instinct for Xbox One and show you how it'll help you improve your game.2013-11-01T01:41:22.000Z

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