Xbox boss Phil Spencer told the audience during the Dropped Frames podcast that developing another installment for legendary fighting game Killer Instinct will need the “right team” at the “right opportunity”.
It’s about finding the right team and the right opportunity,” he said, “but it is not due to any kind of lack of desire on our part that we’re not doing more with KI because we love the franchise and the community response.”
Xbox Games Studios partnered with Rare, Iron Galaxy, and Double Helix Games to revive the cult classic fighting game in 2013.
The reboot released four “seasons” that brought numerous balance changes, game mechanics, characters, stages, and soundtracks for players and fans.
"There are so many good games in our catalog that we'd love to revisit,” said Spencer. "The response when we did Killer Instinct at the launch of Xbox One was fantastic. Not everybody inside of the Xbox organization kind of saw what that game could become.”
He further explained that Killer Instinct has always been the talk of the office since its reboot in 2013 due to its positive reception and the passion plus nostalgia that they have for the series.
“I will just say, [Xbox Game Studios head] Matt [Booty] and I have discussed many times KI and where we would like to go with it and it’s not out of our minds that—it might be out of our minds—but it’s in our hearts and in our minds that we want to continue to do something with KI,” Spencer said.
Interested gamers can download the 2013 reboot of Killer Instinct for free on the Microsoft Store for Windows and is included on the Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One.
Images from the Killer Instinct Official Website