Microsoft Confirms Renewed XBLA Trademark for Killer Instinct

Return of a classic franchise in the works.

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Microsoft Confirms Renewed XBLA Trademark for Killer Instinct
Microsoft has confirmed on its official Xbox Live Arcade blog that it has renewed the trademark for classic Rare fighting game Killer Instinct.

"Our legal eagles have authorized us to say: 'We have either renewed or refiled a trademark application in various jurisdictions,'" reads a statement on the PlayXBLA website, regarding the Killer Instinct franchise.

"With all due respect to our friends in the media who like to frequent trademark sites, we thought wed break this one ourselves," the brief statement adds, cheekily. Of course, Microsoft would not bother to mention that it has simply renewed a trademark - clearly, it has something up it's sleeve.

Fans have been clamouring for a new entry in the Killer Instinct series for a long, long time. The last time we got to perform any C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKERs was in 1997's Killer Instinct Gold on the Nintendo 64 - back when Rare was a second party to Nintendo. Hopes for the franchise's revival were raised when Microsoft bought the company to focus on Xbox development.

But, with an announcement on the Xbox Live Arcade blog, and Rare's inactivity outside of Avatar development, it's more likely that we could see another 4J Studios' port of a classic title. Killer Instinct and Killer Instinct 2 were originally arcade releases, and a faithful conversion of KI2 could be just what the doctor ordered.
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