The acquisition by Microsoft of Rare has been seen by many gamers as a mistake, with the British software house seemingly unable to produce the quality titles of their SNES and N64 heyday, instead making fairly unimpressive titles like Perfect Dark Zero, Kameo and Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts. One thing that fans are crying out for other than a decent Perfect Dark game and a genuine 3D Banjo-Kazooie platformer is a remake or reboot of the Killer Instinct series and that possibility just took one step closer to reality.
Speaking with website playxbla, Microsoft seemed to be taking a cheeky dig at the media reporting of the recent website registrations for Halo 7,8 and 9, when it said: “With all due respect to our friends in the media who like to frequent trademark sites, we thought we’d break this one ourselves. :) Our legal eagles have authorized us to say: “We have either renewed or refiled a trademark application in various jurisdictions.”
The fact that Microsoft has brought attention to the trademark themselves probably indicates that this is more than simply a case of protecting their brand and the statement was accompanied by a picture of the Killer Instinct logo, leaving no doubt as to what franchise they are referring to. No further details as yet, but it seems at the very least a digital re-release is on the cards, hopefully of the original arcade game. If this lead to a next-gen reboot for the forthcoming XBOX 720 or whatever it is called this week, then all the better.