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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.

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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.

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Hurray!

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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.

It was mine too... until I switched to Guilty Gear

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OMG I hope it's a new Killer Instinct!!! Fulgore FTW!!!

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If only they didn't f**k up the company who made it to the point that it seems to spend most of it's time working on clothes for Xbox Live Avatars and on software for the Kinect that nobody wants to play.

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Yep. Rare is pretty much dead to the world. I would love sequels to Conker, kameo and Perfect dark but with the current state of the studio I have little hope of them doing justice to their great franchises.

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I miss this franchise so much. :cry:

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I'm surprised we haven't seen a KI this generation.

In an August 2012 interview, Rare veteran Donnchadh Murphy said, "We all wanted to make KI3, but Microsoft [was] more interested in broadening their demographic than making another fighting game. So it never got made, I doubt it ever will."

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I'm hopeful over this but it'll probably not amount to much.

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It was a great game but I have a hard time picturing it on a non nintendo console :/

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Keep in mind, renewing a trademark doesn't suggest anything except they wanted to renew their trademark.

For some reason, people see trademark renewals as proof of development or something.

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Keep in mind, renewing a trademark doesn't suggest anything except they wanted to renew their trademark.

For some reason, people see trademark renewals as proof of development or something.

Don't break my heart. :cry:

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Keep in mind, renewing a trademark doesn't suggest anything except they wanted to renew their trademark.

For some reason, people see trademark renewals as proof of development or something.

This is different.

It was announced on playxbla, a Microsoft site promoting XBLA. I would agree with you if this wasn't deliberatly announced by Microsoft.

They definetly have something in the works, albeit, a small XBLA project, HD remake perhaps.

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Don't break my heart. :cry:

lol. Sorry :blush:

This is different.

It was announced on playxbla, a Microsoft site promoting XBLA. I would agree with you if this wasn't deliberatly announced by Microsoft.

They definetly have something in the works, albeit, a small XBLA project, HD remake perhaps.

Good point.

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:woot: OMG, never thought I'd see this again! Like previously stated, aside from MK, this was one of my favorites!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!1111ONEONEONE

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