The trademark for Killer Instinct has been renewed. As revealed by Microsoft on PlayXBLA , “We have either renewed or refiled a trademark application in various jurisdictions.”
While Microsoft didn’t get more specific than that, possibilities could range from an HD remake to a new sequel in the franchise, or this could simply be Microsoft protecting its brand. Given that the announcement came through PlayXBLA, you can bet that whatever Microsoft has up its sleeve will have something to do with Xbox Live Arcade.
Killer Instinct was originally released on Super Nintendo in 1995, followed by a Game Boy installment and Killer Instinct Gold on Nintendo 64. While the trademark was originally held by Rare, Microsoft acquired Rare in 2002 and likely took over the trademark then.
We listed Killer Instinct as #82 in our Top 100 SNES games last year, and the game has been a gaming reboot we’d like to see for some time now. We also included Killer Instinct as one of 11 retro remakes we need right now back in July.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed its plans for Killer Instinct, but keep checking back to IGN for updates as they’re announced. Would you rather see an HD remake of Killer Instinct or a new sequel? Let us know in the comments below.
Next to Mortal Kombat, this was my second favorite fighting game. I'm excited for this! I would prefer a sequel with the original cast. But a remake would be just as welcome.