Killer Instinct ‘second season’ planned for 2014
posted on 08.27.13 at 03:13 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Microsoft wants Xbox One fighter to span entire generation.

When Killer Instinct launches for Xbox One this November, it will launch with eight characters for $20. But according to Microsoft’s Ken Lobb, the company will launch a ‘second season’ of characters in 2014.

“You can pay $20 again and now you have 16 characters, or you pay $40 again and you’ll get the everything version,” Lobb told Eurogamer.

Microsoft wants Killer Instinct to be a single game that spans an entire generation, according to Lob.

“Obviously like everything else, it depends on whether it sells,” Lobb said. “But my expectation is yes. That’s the goal.”

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  • TetsuyaHikari


    I really hate how fighting games are doing this sort of thing these days… What happened to the days when we got every character when we first bought the game and didn’t have to worry about all these upgrades and shit? Geez.

    • PrinceHeir

      well the upgrades back then were more of a “expansion”

      nowadays it’s just dlc per character, per costumes, per colors etc.

      i just wait for the Ultimate/Complete/Ultra editions.

      though i do wish they would update Tekken Tag 2/Soul Calibur V.

      Namco does amazing stuff with their content, but i kinda want more of that!!!

    • gerald

      KI is way worse than what other games are doing. 8 characters to start then 16 “if it sells”?

      Most other big fighting games have large rosters to start, then add extra characters and balances to keep the game fresh. That’s very different from basically releasing half a game to start and possibly abandoning it if it doesn’t sell.

      KI doesn’t look very good for tournaments either based on the gameplay so they’re gonna need the casual gamers support.

      • Sal Romano

        I would imagine, though, that the biggest differences here are:

        1) Fighters usually launch at $50-60 with all those characters, whereas Killer Instinct costs $20. Three seasons would equal $60 and offer 24 fighters, which is well in line with the amount you’d see in a new fighting game of that price.

        2) It’s clear Microsoft is bringing the game back for a select group of fans. I’m sure developing all those characters requires a certain budget, which the company is uncertain it could yield, thus the whole ‘seasons’ thing.

        • gerald

          You’re not wrong, but it would have been much more gamer-friendly to release a full roster game with small DLC additions later, like other fighters do.

          I don’t like the fact it’s getting chopped up like this from the start and giving you one free character to try to reel in people for the long term season upgrades that 1) aren’t even guaranteed to come, and 2) you have no way of knowing how good they’ll be, so it’s really not the same as a full game where you can judge what value you’re getting from the start.

        • TetsuyaHikari

          I’d honestly rather they just ask me to pay $60 upfront for the full game at first than giving it to me piece by piece. Expansions to fighting games? What is this, suddenly an MMO now?


      • TetsuyaHikari

        You must not have heard of Tekken Revolution or Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, which add characters over time (or in DOA5U’s case, you pay to unlock more characters if you want, essentially having the game as free-to-play at first).

    • Solomon_Kano

      It’s really not just “these days” though. This has been a thing since the SNES days (SF2>SF2HF>SSF2 and so on), all that’s really changed is the method of delivery (and even that hasn’t changed in some cases).

      Does that make it any better? Nah, but it’s definitely not something that fighters just adopted recently.

      • gerald

        It is better though. Those updated game versions were based on arcade updates. Now, console versions are simply updated online to be nearly identical to arcades, so it’s a good thing for competitive players. I can see how casual fans see it as nickel and diming, but it really is a great thing for hardcore fighting game fans to be able to simply download character and balance updates to their existing game instead of waiting for a brand new game.

        I don’t like what KI is doing, but games like SF4 updating to match arcades is a great thing for hardcore fans.

        • Solomon_Kano

          To be clear, I don’t particularly have a problem with it myself. But, for the fans who just want to get their “complete” game and be done with it, I can’t imagine the why of it all makes a difference to them.

          I recognize that the current setup is better for those core fans but, to the casual fighting game player, the likes of Ultra Street Fighter 4 probably doesn’t seem any different than the days of 3rd Strike (still talking delivery-wise, of course).

      • TetsuyaHikari

        To be fair, the changes between SF2, SSF2, and so on, were more system changes rather than giving you more characters. One of them increased the speed of the game and added a single player mode, while another had Akuma as a secret character (but not officially added), but those were made to adjust the system itself and add new special moves. I understand fighting games have been updated to incorporate new balance changes and such, but it’s frustrating to see it happen when characters are involved because adjusting the system is a totally different thing than adding a completely new character.

        It’s going to be pretty stupid if you actually manage to get good at this game, then they release more characters later, which they COULD be releasing now, requiring you to relearn the game in order to know how to fight against these new characters. It’s like Capcom waiting until updating their game to add Evil Ryu, Rolento, etc. when we know DAMN well they could have added them from the beginning when SSFIV first came out.

        Eh, I just think it’s lazy if anything, really. As far as I’m concerned, the only time they ever got it right was during Rival Schools when they released the first one, then added more characters to Rival Schools 2, and more to Project Justice. People really need to stop being so comfortable with paying for half a game. Between stuff like this and DLC chapters, it’s getting a little ridiculous :|

        • Solomon_Kano

          If people wanna buy quarters of a game $40-60 at a time, I say let em be. I won’t fault the company for taking advantage of an all-too-willing market. I can only hope that consumers wise up. If that’ll ever happen…

          That’s why I just wait fighters out or scrape em off my friends until the “final” version hits. As I said, I won’t fault the companies, but I won’t buy into the whole thing either. I like fighters, but that’s no justification for paying for the same game 3 times for some extra content.

          • TetsuyaHikari

            Hmmm… I guess it is kind of a hard line to draw. On one hand I want to blame the companies for doing it, but on the other hand… The consumers are the ones continually encouraging them to do this by supporting it. I guess I’ll just put the blame 50/50 then, lol.

            • Solomon_Kano

              Fair enough lol.

    • HeatPhoenix

      Those days never happened? How many goddamn version of SF2 are there anyway? The only company to not re-release the same game multiple times in one generation is Nintendo AFAIK (except in value packs for the SNES).

      • captainhowdy

        Exactly. This seems like a much better idea for fighting games.

  • syaznifaiq

    money w**ho

  • SuperLuigi

    It’s only 20.00 for 8 characters people. Look at team fortress or such. If you update a game enough it can last for a looong time without a need for sequels every year. I am downloading
    this day one.

  • shogunknight

    Seasonal DLCs confirmed. Awaiting the price tag

    • Solomon_Kano

      Says $20 per season.

      • shogunknight

        Oh come on! Thats about $80 per year!

        • Solomon_Kano

          Wait, wait, wait. Not that kinda season haha.

          They mean like each year would be a new season, like with a TV show. So every year would be $20 for 8 characters and however many stages.

          • shogunknight

            I see, well we will see how this goes. Really want to see orchid

            • Solomon_Kano

              Yea, I’m interested to see how they reinterpret her. I wasn’t particularly fond of her original look, so they’ve got a lot of leeway with me as far as she goes.

              The one I really want to see is Fulgore. There’s a lot of different directions they can go with him. Here’s a pretty cool fan-made redesign:


              • shogunknight

                Thats really good, this also reminded me of something. I wonder who would be the last boss in arcade/story, would it still be eyedol?

                • Solomon_Kano

                  That’s a good question. They’re apparently introducing some new characters along with the originals, so maybe the final boss is new?

  • Deusxmachina

    For people who don’t know the pricing model, this is it:

    1st season

    20$= 8 chars, 8 stages, all modes

    40$= everything you get with 20$ + new skins and KI1

    2nd Season

    20$= 8 new chars, 8 stages

    40$= everything you get with 20$ + new skins and KI2

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  • Bob Obb

    Roster updates for fighting games? GREAT IDEA! Not.

  • MasterSensei

    I thought that this was a free to play game? if you don’t buy the character packs what do you get?

    • SuperLuigi

      Look a couple posts under this one.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    MVC3 & UMVC3 were Huuuggee dissapointments.
    I expected the roster to be bigger and at least keep characters like capt. Commando, Jin Saotome,Gambit, and Cyclops at least. Cable in MVC2 was cool but broken as hell.

    Personally i felt that “Gundam Extreme Vs.” for PS3 wasnt a waste. In fact some of the updates came from “Extreme Vs. Full Boost” then again 500 yen a Gundam is bad in itself.
    Lastly i remember Blazblue Continuum Shift charging $8 per character.ouch

  • Learii

    I not paying $80 for a full game greedying M$

    • artemisthemp

      They just wanna be Capcom

      • Learii

        I guess you can say that or maybe more greedy then capcom