Head of Xbox Phil Spencer was a guest on the Dropped Frames podcast yesterday, and was asked specifically about what Microsoft's plans are for the Killer Instinct IP, which has remained somewhat dormant for the past few years.
In response, Spencer highlighted that the team "loves the franchise and the community response," and there's a desire to do something with Killer Instinct in the future, but it needs to be the right team and opportunity.
“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 Killer Instinct."
“It’s about finding the right team and the right opportunity, 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.”
We've been hearing rumours along these lines throughout the year, and developer Iron Galaxy, who worked on Seasons 2 and 3 of Killer Instinct for Xbox One, stated back in May that it would "consider" the opportunity if presented.
For now, there's no sign of any concrete plans for Killer Instinct moving forward, but it's reassuring to know that the head of Xbox is very keen to "do something" with it in the future. Let's hope an idea eventually comes to fruition!
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