‘Killer Instinct’ Pricing Plan & Upcoming Character Revealed

Published 1 year ago by , Updated August 20th, 2013 at 9:29 pm,

Killer Instinct Price Plans and Chief Thunder

Looking to rejuvenate their image by calling upon the ancient spirits of hit 1990s titles, Rare seems to have come a long way in conjuring up the remake to its classic Super Nintendo fighting game, Killer Instinct. Like NetherRealm Studios have done with its legendary Mortal Kombat reboot, Microsoft Studios aims to make a killing for Xbox One sales by bringing an infamous fighting classic to a new generation.

There has already been some speculation as to Microsoft’s pricing plan for the upcoming Xbox One launch title. While it will be free to play with a single character, additional fighters will cost $5 a pop. Considering the original Killer Instinct contained 11 alone – with 4 new characters in its sequel – purchasing each one is shaping up to be a costly undertaking.

Fortunately, Microsoft has outlined a few helpful package deals at this year’s Gamescom, which should lighten the load on players’ wallets. The “Combo Breaker Pack” will cost $19.99 and feature 8 characters – 6 at launch, and 2 which can be downloaded before their scheduled release dates. The “Ultra Edition,” however, will cost $39.99 and include the Combo Breaker Pack, as well as accessory packs and costumes, and the original Killer Instinct arcade game.

Also announced is the addition of Chief Thunder, who will join Killer Instinct veterans Cinder, Fulgore, Glacius, Jago, Sabrewulf, and Spinal. Appearing in the original game, Thunder is known for his Native American appearance, trusty tomahawk, and his brutality. While there’s no telling when or if other original characters will be announced – or anyone from KI2, for that matter – favorites like Riptor are sure to make an appearance. Developer Double Helix has also expressed interest in creating brand new characters for this game. Take a look at Chief Thunder in action below!

With fighting games like PlayStation All-Stars and Killer Instinct broaching this territory, asking players to pay $5 for each additional character, what could this mean for future titles? If this trend continues to escalate, how might it affect other genres? Many players have already expressed concern for developers keeping content on the other side of a purchase window. On the plus side, offering the base Killer Instinct game for free is a solid move on Microsoft’s part, and should encourage players to take advantage of the 8-character pack options.

Ranters, are you excited to hack and slash your way to victory in Killer Instinct? What characters are you looking forward to playing as? Leave your thoughts and comments below!

Killer Instinct is being developed by Double Helix as an Xbox One launch title.

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Source: Xbox Wire

TAGS: Double Helix Games, Gamescom 2013, Killer Instinct, Microsoft, Rare, Xbox One

  • Cariannis

    When I heard it was free to play and you just had to buy the other characters I lost all interest in the game. Now I see “additional fighters will cost $5 a pop” I knew I was right.

  • MarkHard

    Why is it so hard for them just to give us the full game and make us pay for that alone instead of pieces of it. $5 for each additional character is ridiculous.

    • Kenjionigod

      You can buy the game outright though… For $40 you get the game and ALL of the characters.

  • Levi

    $5 a character is bad, but $20 for basically a full game is pretty decent, especially considering we now get Fifa 14 for free

  • John

    The Game Looks Bad Ass, pisses me off that it will not be on PlayStation another game from my childhood i cannot play.

    My Favorite KI fighter is Spinal, even if he shows up in the game i will not buy an Xbox just for KI, and then pay $5 for each character, Think I’m mad of money ?!.

  • ChrisTypeR

    Pay per character haha, how greedy!! Lucky they dont have to stock up on characters to sell, they would be left with a massive surplus of Sabrewolf’s and DJ Combo’s!! I used to use Fulgore and Jago with a bit of Chief Thunder – not too impressed with the above new chief though. Shame this is only on Xbox, lucky I have an emulator on my PC, can play KI 1 & 2 whenever I like :)