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Killer Instinct is getting a HUD refresh soon

And Shadow Jago
Nov 23
The terrible twos aren't terrible at all when you're talking about Killer Instinct. The Xbox One launch title celebrated its second birthday over the weekend, and its future looks promising. Season 3 drops in March, but befor...

Shadow Jago is still coming along for Killer Instinct

Check out the changelog
Oct 02
Remember Shadow Jago? He's turning into much more than just a skin for Killer Instinct, and thanks to the Community Fund efforts, he's going to be a full-on character in the future. For starters, he's going to be faster than ...

More Killer Instinct Season 3 info is coming soon

Would like some PC details too
Sep 25
Killer Instinct had a pretty massive showing at E3, followed by a surprise beta period for Rash, and then...that's basically all the news we've heard since then. Thankfully, more news is coming next week, as the develope...

Kim Wu will be joining the cast of Killer Instinct in Season 3

Remember her?
Aug 14
Kim Wu entered the Killer Instinct arena in the second game in the series, and now she'll be returning for the Xbox One and PC editions for Season 3. Set to drop in March of 2016, Rash and Kim Wu are the only ones confirmed s...

Rash kicks some major ass in these pro Killer Instinct videos

Go go Battletoads
Aug 10
Rash has only been out for roughly a week, and already some pro Killer Instinct players are kicking ass with him. Take a look at these combo videos to get an idea of what to expect, both in terms of his raw fighting pow...

Rash turns into a wrecking ball in Killer Instinct

Stick around for the character tease
Aug 05
The screenshots were a treat, but seeing Rash in action is something else. Smash Hits are back. If you own Rare Replay (you should!) or Killer Instinct paid DLC, you can play as him until September 8, 2015 at 12:00am Pacific. This is just a trial run ahead of the character's final release. Go give 'em the boot!

Here's the rundown on Battletoad Rash's appearance in Killer Instinct, with a catch

It's a timed test right now
Aug 04
Today, Microsoft announced Season 3 of Killer Instinct, set to debut next year on PC and Xbox One. But wait, there was another tidbit too -- Rash from Battletoads will be playable today! Unfortunately, the reality is a l...

Killer Instinct Season 3 coming March 2016 on Xbox One and PC

Rash from Battletoads is confirmed
Aug 04
Microsoft announced today at gamescom that Killer Instinct will be getting a Season 3, which will debut in March 2016. That goes for the Xbox One and the upcoming PC version, and Xbox One fight sticks and controllers will work on PC. Also, Rash from Battletoads will debut in the game today, which is pretty awesome. I'm up for a Season 3, as the core game has been excellent so far.

Killer Instinct runs much faster than 60 frames per second

'Our game is running really fast'
Jul 21
Yeah, it's a post about frames per second, but it's going in a different direction than usual. The standard is that a game runs at less than 60 FPS, and a lot of people get angry about it. This is about a title running at a ...

Practice Killer Instinct's shadow breakers in your browser

Now this is cool
Jul 16
A friend of mine who plays Killer Instinct competitively linked me this gem late last night, and I have say, it's pretty damn awesome. In short, it's a way to practice the timing of breaking shadow linkers in your browse...

Killer Instinct's Shadow AI mechanic is insanely detailed

Jun 01
I feel like I'm always gushing about Killer Instinct on Xbox One, but that's partially because it defied expectations and carved a very nice niche for itself inside the FGC. Ever since launch its co-development team has...

Killer Instinct closes out Season 2 with Aria

A successful season, I'd say
May 28
I'm glad that Killer Instinct was able to rise above the monumental bad press it obtained pre-launch. It really stands on its own as a fighting game, and I'm excited to see it played at tournies across the country, incl...

Killer Instinct's final Season 2 character is a CEO

Send in the drones
May 08
Season 2 of Killer Instinct gave us a golem, a sorcerer, and a Japanese ghost, among other characters. Who's next? The CEO of UltraTech. ARIA may be an artificial intelligence, but that's not about to stop her from getting ph...

Killer Instinct fans maxed out the community fund in under 72 hours

$50K is going to EVO 2015
May 04
Last week, Iron Galaxy Studios said that for a limited time, it would funnel up to $100,000 in revenue generated by digital sales of Killer Instinct into the game's tournament scene. Players had two weeks to reach that cap bu...

You can now support Killer Instinct tourney pots with the Shadow Jago pack

For $20
Apr 30
Killer Instinct continues to improve with every passing month, and now, you'll be able to contribute to a community prize pot by way of DLC. For $20 you can buy the Shadow Jago pack, which comes with the character, as we...

Cinder's bringing his hot stuff to Killer Instinct April 30

Get it? Because he's fire? Eh I'm wasted on you lot
Apr 28
Killer Instinct’s second season is well underway, bringing us some pretty cool characters like Aganos the Golem and Hisako, the most god damn disturbing character from any fighting game ever. She jumps inside of you an...

Check out Killer Instinct's Cinder in all his burning glory

Another great addition
Apr 20
Iron Galaxy Studios has done a great job with Killer Instinct's Season 2 characters. All of them are incredibly well animated and fit the game perfectly. Cinder is looking pretty hot right now (ha), after his death in the or...

Killer Instinct gets a spooky ghost and a human torch

Season 2 is getting hot hot hot
Mar 26
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...

Killer Instinct's Hisako looks like one of the most unique fighters yet

Mar 09
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...

Killer Instinct is getting a multi-faced golem and a 'Ghost Girl'

Available Feb. 27 with the Ultra Edition, March 5 with the Combo Breaker Edition
Feb 20
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.

Iron Galaxy is teasing Omen, a new Killer Instinct character

He looks sufficiently evil
Jan 09
[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...

Riptor is looking pretty killer in her new Killer Instinct trailer

From Ultratech
Dec 16
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...

Riptor is coming to Killer Instinct this week

Clever girl
Dec 15
Another classic combatant returns. Killer Instinct will get Riptor this week, as announced by the developers. Early access members are set to get her today, while the rest of the public will get her on December 17. The n...

Brendan Fraser wouldn't like this next Killer Instinct Season 2 character

He's all about that Riptor, though
Nov 21
Kan-Ra seems about as menacing as an Saturday morning cartoon villain, but that's why I like him. The mummy sorcerer is next in line for Season 2 of Killer Instinct. He'll be available first for Ultra Edition ($39.99) player...

Killer Instinct's Season 2 is off to a great start

Maya is one of my new favorites
Oct 17
Although it had a few issues in terms of content, Killer Instinct on Xbox One was actually a good game at launch. Since then, I've taken a look at both Spinal and Fulgore, and found them to be a great addition to the alr...

Killer Instinct Season 2 starts tomorrow with TJ Combo and Maya

I genuinely like the trailer music in this specific setting
Oct 14
Iron Galaxy took over continued development of Killer Instinct for Microsoft following Amazon's acquisition of Double Helix earlier this year. We'll get to see what the studio has come up with starting tomorrow when the firs...

Watch TJ Combo wrack up a 195-hit combo in training mode

It's training with no combo breakers, but still
Sep 30
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...

Watch Maya wreck Sadira in these new Killer Instinct Season 2 screens

Hopefully Season 2 will match up to the base game
Sep 18
Killer Instinct is still chugging, and I still go back to it occasionally to play with friends. It's really held up, and Season 2 looks to bring more characters in along for the ride. In addition to the confirmed TJ Combo and...

Killer Instinct: Season 2 begins October 15

Eight new fighters including TJ Combo and Maya
Aug 12
Season 2 of Killer Instinct begins on October 15, 2014. Fans can expect new fighters, enhanced game modes, and a revamped interface. The Ultra Edition will cost $39.99 and will include eight fighters starting with TJ Combo an...

Killer Instinct hits store shelves, breaks combos in September

All of Season 1
Jul 31
To put a bow on the first season of Killer Instinct, Microsoft's offering the (somewhat) free-to-play Xbox One title to a new audience -- the retail crowd. Microsoft revealed today that on September 23, the game will receive ...

Maya will rejoin Killer Instinct for season two

Sporting a new look, thankfully
Jul 11
Iron Galaxy is picking up Killer Instinct where Double Helix left off with a second season of content and as announced today at EVO 2014, one of the upcoming characters will be Maya. She's returning to the series with her tru...

Impressions: Killer Instinct: Fulgore

The old face of the franchise returns
Apr 10
Double Helix's first season of Killer Instinct is over, and here to close it all out is Fulgore, which makes eight total characters in the mix. While only two more fighters have come post-launch, they make a huge difference in terms of the meta-game, and help change things up considerably. Spinal was a nice addition for sure, but Fulgore ups the stakes considerably.

Fulgore closes out season one of Killer Instinct

Available for download today alongside a big update
Apr 09
When I think "Killer Instinct," I think "Fulgore." How could I not, given that iconic, badass black Super Nintendo cartridge featuring the cyborg front and center? It's nice, then, to finally see him added to the game today a...

Learn everything you need to know about Fulgore in this short video

Killer Instinct's latest character detailed
Apr 01
Killer Instinct is still alive and well with new content, and following the addition of Spinal, Fulgore is on the way for an early April release. He's pretty much done as well based on the video above, which gives you a...

Iron Galaxy Studios is taking over Killer Instinct

Fulgore is coming soon
Mar 27
Microsoft Studios needed to find a new development partner to work on Killer Instinct after Amazon went and acquired Double Helix Games, and its selection has turned out to be spot on. Divekick and Street Fighter III 3rd Str...

New Killer Instinct Killer Cuts album is in the works

Such a feeling
Mar 01
Killer Instinct composer Mick Gordon, has announced that a new version of Killer Cuts is scheduled to release this March. The album will feature music Gordon created for the Xbox One reboot of Rare's classic fighting game. No...

Killer Instinct update wipes the Jail slate clean

Taps into some Spinal fixes, too
Feb 21
Double Helix will release a patch "very soon" that will fix the current known issues with Killer Instinct's Jail mode, the game's penalty for disconnecting before the end of a match. Also included in the update is a seri...

Microsoft to find a new dev partner for Killer Instinct

The game isn't going anywhere
Feb 06
Amazon's purchase of Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games as part of its "ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers" came out of nowhere. We know the company is getting into gaming, sure, but Double H...

Orchid rotates in as Killer Instinct's free character

Hit the showers, Thunder
Feb 03
Like Jago, Sabrewulf, and Thunder before her, Orchid is the new free playable character for Double Helix's Killer Instinct. As the trend has gone recently, she'll probably only be available for a week, at which point another ...

Impressions: Killer Instinct: Spinal

He's as alive as he's ever been
Jan 31
Killer Instinct surprised a lot of people when it hit the Xbox One. No one really expected much from Double Helix given its track record, but a decent following has been with the game ever since, and there's even an arca...

Killer Instinct's Spinal launches today on Xbox One

Fulgore is still coming in March
Jan 31
Killer Instinct is still trucking along, and more fighters are on the way, starting with Spinal, who is launching today on the Xbox One. If you have the Season Pass, he's included as a free download, otherwise he can be...

Killer Instinct to put rage-quitting players in 'jail'

Don't be that guy
Jan 30
In detailing an upcoming patch for Killer Instinct, developer Double Helix Games has broken down its plans for rage quitters. Players whose disconnect percentage rises above 15 percent in ranked multiplayer matches will be se...

Thunder is the next free Killer Instinct character

Thunder clap dat tomahawk
Jan 24
Thunder may have been stripped of his chiefdom in the new Killer Instinct, but he's the next free-to-play character in the Xbox One fighter. He replaces Sabrewulf, who replaced Jago earlier this month. Killer Instinct can be ...

Oh hey it's Spinal's new design in Killer Instinct

I still enjoy this game
Jan 16
Killer Instinct is still played weekly in my house, especially with the Mad Catz Xbox One stick. The problem is it needs more characters sooner than later, and it looks like Spinal is almost done. Play XBLA has posted th...

Sabrewulf is the next free Killer Instinct character

So long, Jago
Jan 03
Killer Instinct has swapped out its first free playable character as of a new 675MB update. Since launch in November, Jago has been freely available to test out. Now, it's Sabrewulf. The full list of patch notes from develope...

Review: Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade FightStick TE 2

A killer stick with one game to play on it
Dec 06
Mad Catz and I have a rather interesting history. One fine summer day, I had rented the PlayStation One game Ninja: Shadow of Darkness, and decided to try out my brand new Mad Catz controllers. Halfway into the final lev...

This might be Killer Instinct's new Fulgore design

As long as he still has his blade charge I'm okay
Nov 25
Killer Instinct may have launched with a paltry six characters, but that number is set to increase to eight early next year. Currently, fan favorites Spinal and Fulgore are in development, and thanks to a forum thread over at...

Review: Killer Instinct (Xbox One)

A surprisingly semi-killer combo
Nov 23
When Killer Instinct was announced, I don't think I had heard the silencing of so many screams since the destruction of Alderaan. While many gamers quickly jumped for joy at the mere mention of this resurrection, said joy was...

Killer Instinct launch trailer teases Fulgore

New characters set for release in Spring 2014
Nov 21
As the release of the Xbox One approaches, the official launch trailer for Killer Instinct is out now, and it's teasing plans for the future. Much like their previous trailers, they showcase much of the existing content whil...

Microsoft Stores hosting Killer Instinct tournaments

Someone's taking home every Xbox One launch game
Nov 18
On Thursday, November 21, six Microsoft Stores will host the Killer Instinct Ultra Fighter Tournament and if you're among the first 256 people in your city to register, you could ultimately win a trip for two to the store ope...

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