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Drenched in war paint: Thunder debuted in Killer Instinct


11:00 AM on 08.18.2013
Killer InstinctDrenched in war paint: Thunder debuted in Killer Instinct photo



single tomahawk was all it took during the Killer Instinct demonstration at EVO 2013 for fans to speculate the return of Thunder as the fourth announced character in the upcoming Xbox One free-to-play fighter. 

In a recent video posted over at IGN, the team at Double Helix has finally pulled back the curtain and officially announced the Native American axe-wielding warrior. The reveal highlights a more stoic Thunder who has evolved from his days of tossing flaming phoenixs from afar into a devastating grappler archetype. It also debuts his new stage, set amongst a gorgeous canyon backdrop that clearly pays homage to the legendary bridge stage from the series' first game.

In his transformation to an up-close and impersonal grappler, Thunder has retained his triplax and sammamish (rising uppercut) attacks while picking up a few new moves like the low-attacking ankle slicer. For the most part his triplax remains relatively unchanged, but his sammamish now possess invulnerability through projectiles, as well as a foot stomp that can be executed during the moves apex. Additionally, his shadow technique (which looks amazing as a cloud of ravens trails his motions) contains a hit of armor protection which allows him to break through opponent's attacks at close range.

I really dig the new look for Thunder. It's simplistic and not as overtly stereotypical as his 1994 design. The changeover to a grappler also seems quite smart as it adds a well rounded layer of balance to the game's current roster and a level of freshness to an already established character. I am bummed his phoenix projectile is absent, but I think he's got enough tools in his arsenal for pretty much any occasion.

The next character reveal for Killer Instinct is scheduled for gamescom in Germany according to a tweet from designer David Verfaillie. At this point I really only see two options: femme fatale Orchid or a brand new character. Either way I willing to bet the fifth fighter will be female.

KILLER INSTINCT - THUNDER REVEALED [IGN]





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8:00 PM on 03.26.2015
Killer Instinct gets a spooky ghost and a human torch

Hisako is a spooky ghost lady ripped straight from Japanese horror films with long black hair and creepy crawling intact, certainly a cool addition to Killer Instinct for Season 2. Also revealed in the trailer is t...more



9:00 AM on 03.09.2015
Killer Instinct's Hisako looks like one of the most unique fighters yet

Double Helix and Iron Galaxy have done a great job at turning Killer Instinct into a serviceable fighting game over the past year and a half. The newest character to join the fray is Hisako, which basically looks like t...more



7:00 PM on 02.20.2015
Killer Instinct is getting a multi-faced golem and a 'Ghost Girl'

From a cosmetic perspective, I'm digging this new round of Killer Instinct characters. While the trailer is focused on next week's Aganos, a golem who looks more like a boss than a combatant, there's also a tease at the end for a character everyone seems to be calling "Ghost Girl." I hope that name sticks. Videogames can and should be weird like that sometimes.more



6:30 AM on 01.09.2015
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10:00 AM on 12.16.2014
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Although we had confirmation of Riptor's existence in Killer Instinct already, now we have a better look at her moveset and backstory. Evidently she was created as a result of a competing project with Fulgore and Cinder...more



8:00 AM on 12.15.2014
Riptor is coming to Killer Instinct this week

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5:00 PM on 11.21.2014
Brendan Fraser wouldn't like this next Killer Instinct Season 2 character

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4:00 PM on 10.17.2014
Killer Instinct's Season 2 is off to a great start

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8:00 PM on 10.14.2014
Killer Instinct Season 2 starts tomorrow with TJ Combo and Maya

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11:00 AM on 09.30.2014
Watch TJ Combo wrack up a 195-hit combo in training mode

TJ Combo is an absolute beast. We knew that back in the older Killer Instinct games, and that seems to be true to this day. Fans have been experimenting with the new iteration of the character in Killer Instinct fo...more




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7:00 PM on 02.20.2015
Killer Instinct is getting a multi-faced golem and a 'Ghost Girl'

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6:30 AM on 01.09.2015
Iron Galaxy is teasing Omen, a new Killer Instinct character

[Update: Now we have a picture of the leg -- really cool shadow effects. Remember this sort of old school style teasing in magazines?] A new character is coming to Killer Instinct, and developer Iron Galaxy is hinti...more



10:00 AM on 12.16.2014
Riptor is looking pretty killer in her new Killer Instinct trailer

Although we had confirmation of Riptor's existence in Killer Instinct already, now we have a better look at her moveset and backstory. Evidently she was created as a result of a competing project with Fulgore and Cinder...more



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