Killer Instinct to be free-to-play

News Aaron Birch
19 Jun 2013 - 07:13

Microsoft has announced that rebooted Rare scrapper, Killer Instinct, is free-to-play...

The reveal of Killer Instinct at the Microsoft press conference at E3 has seemingly polarised gamers. Some couldn't contain their excitement at the confirmation of the game's return, and others couldn't care less, obviously not the reception Microsoft was banking on.

Still, one thing's certain, and that's the fact that Killer Instinct is one of the best examples of a combo-happy fighter of yesteryear, and rumours of its return have been appearing online for a while. Now we finally have confirmation, fans can rest easy and look forward to a game that's going to be a totally new reworking, with all of the same combo-heavy play. And, what's more, it's going to be free-to-play. Well, that's if you're favourite character is Jago.

Microsoft has announced that all Xbox One owners will be able to download Killer Instinct for free, and play it as much as they want. However, Jago will be the only playable character in this free version. The remaining characters in KI's roster will be accessible for a fee.

KI fans who want the whole kit and kaboodle in one go will be able to buy the season pass, which will grant all characters for a single price.

Talking to Polygon, Microsoft's Torin Rettig explained the reasons for this approach, "Most fighting games that come out are disc-based games where you get a huge cast of awesome characters, but it is a massive cast.

"Some games have anywhere between 30, 40, even 50 characters. And in reality, most players don't play that many characters. You just only have so much time to get good at so many characters.

"So the way this game will work is when it releases, you'll be able to play one character for free. You'll be able to just download the client and play that character - Jago - as much as you want.

“And you will be able to buy other characters and other content as you see fit. So as much or as little as you want.”

It's an interesting idea, but is it one that'll work? You can't argue with getting the core game for free, and Microsoft's approach is certainly better than paying actual money for a simple extra character skin (Yes, we're looking at you Capcom). The deciding factor will be the cost of each character, and if they'll be cheap enough to attract punters to pay.

Killer Instinct will be released for the Xbox One later this year.


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