Microsoft‘s PlayXBLA website have announced that Microsoft have just renewed the Killer Instinct trademark:

Our legal eagles have authorized us to say: “We have either renewed or refiled a trademark application in various jurisdictions.”

That’s pretty dull, right? Exactly! It’s such a dull non-story so why would PlayXBLA bother publishing an article about it? They are an official Microsoft website but they’re not a corporate business type of website that posts every little bit of Microsoft business news, they’re a fun, light-hearted, all about games type of website. This leads me to believe that it’s a  massive hint that Rare‘s 1-on-1 fighting game franchise, Killer Instinct, is coming back.

Killer Instinct old or new?

Now it could be just Rare releasing the old games on XBLA but I think it’s very possible that they are making an all new Killer Instinct game and since Rare have said that all their new games will support Kinect I don’t think it’s out of the question that they could be making Killer Instinct Kinect! Or at least a Killer Instinct game with either optional full Kinect controls or some kind of Kinect support. Remember that at the end of last year Rare said that their next game might be a hybrid Kinect game and they still haven’t revealed what their next game is?

Do you think Killer Instinct Kinect is Rare’s next game?


Source: PlayXBLA