Microsoft’s 2013 reboot of Killer Instinct wasn’t the most popular fighting game, but it’s consistently hailed as one of the best-made entries in the genre in modern times.
From the gameplay to the netcode, the fact that KI receives such passionate praise on such a consistent basis leads one to wonder if any developer might be willing to try it again, and there are some rumors going around right now that that might be. the case.
FGC influencer and content creator Maximilian, a huge Killer Instinct fan who launched a campaign to “bring KI back” in 2019, takes a speculative look at these rumors in his latest video.
Such rumors began in October last year when Xbox presenter Nick Shpeshal stated that he had been told that a new KI was in active development on the XboxEra podcast. That, of course, has been neither confirmed nor debunked, but more alleged details are beginning to emerge.
In his video, Max references a Windows Central article written by Jez Corden. Windows Central is a Microsoft-focused outlet and Corden is its senior editor, and after talking about the XboxEra feedback from October, Corden gives us the following:
“I’ve also heard the vaguest of unsubstantiated rumors that one of Bandai Namco’s fighting game development teams might be involved, though I haven’t been able to independently verify this yet. Speaking previously at an event, someone at Xbox told me that finding a studio or building a team with the specific expertise to make a fighting game was difficult
“Naturally, Bandai Namco is responsible for franchises like Soulcalibur and Tekken, and has even contributed to Smash Bros. Ultimate as well. It would make sense to involve them if Microsoft is exploring the possibility of reviving the classic fighting game.”
Max goes through the article as he speculates on the potential of the leaks and how they would actually manifest if they were true. See everything he has to say in the full video below, and then share your thoughts on the possibility of a new KI in the comments below.