Back at the start of the Xbox One generation, Microsoft brought Killer Instinct back. It was a commendable entry in the long-running franchise, although we haven't seen anything of the series since. However, Microsoft may well be cooking up another reboot.
An article over at Windows Central speculates just what is going on with Killer Instinct. Microsoft has expressed interest in returning to the franchise recently; Phil Spencer spoke about it on a DroppedFrames podcast. However, we've heard nothing solid on it since.
Windows Central now says it's "heard the vaguest of unsubstantiated rumors" that a Bandai Namco fighting team may well be working with Microsoft on more Killer Instinct. It'd make sense, given that Bandai Namco has worked on all sorts of fighting games, from Tekken to Super Smash Bros.
"I have also heard the vaguest of unsubstantiated rumors that one of Bandai Namco's fighting game development teams may be involved, although I haven't been able to independently verify that yet myself. Previously speaking at an event, someone at Xbox told me that finding a studio or building a team with the specific expertise to make a fighting game was difficult."
We must reiterate, this is a very vague rumour. Windows Central hasn't been able to confirm the rumour, even if the site has heard it in passing. Basically, take this one with a shed load of salt. Still, we'd be very interested to see where Bandai Namco and Microsoft would take Killer Instinct.
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