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All Articles: Killer Instinct
Iron Galaxy has announced (via their official website) that Killer Instinct‘s next fighter, Kilgore, is now available to download on the PC and Xbox One. Kilgore is a prototype of Fulgore, and as a robot with machine guns for arms and a propensity to overheat he can be a bit unpredictable. Thankfully, Iron Galaxy’s Adam Heart and Isaac Torres put the character through his paces in a special livestream that can be found after the break.
Before Fulgore and the Mark 03 units were introduced to the world, Ultratech created a line of failed cyborgs during the secret CCIX Program. These hulking battle machines bore twin overpowered chain guns that tended to overheat, making them unstable and unfit for service. But one cyborg—nicknamed Kilgore—became self-aware, and started rewriting his own software to account for this deficiency in his hardware. Saved from the scrapheap, this special unit has been brought out of retirement by ARIA to enforce her will…and Kilgore obeys.
Kilgore was designed to be more than just a simple reskin of Fulgore by Iron Galaxy, and is the first character available in what the developer is referring to as Killer Instinct’s “Post-Season 3.” Kilgore has been priced at $10 and 50% of the purchase price will be used to support the upcoming KI Ultra Tour and future Killer Instinct tournaments.
Iron Galaxy plans to release several other characters as part of “Post-Season 3,” each with their own unique style, and they’ll be announced at a later date.
Finally, the developer has confirmed that Ultimate Finishing Moves will be added to Killer Instinct in a future update, and you can get a sneak peek at what they look like in the new trailer embedded above. (more…)
Two influential titles from the new wave of first-person exploration games are now available to download for the Xbox One through the Xbox Games Store.
Firewatch comes from developer Campo Santo, and it takes place in the Wyoming wilderness. “You are a man named Henry who has retreated from your messy life to work as a fire lookout,” but as players scan the skies for smoke, a strange mystery draws them out of their tower and into the world. Firewatch is joined on the Xbox Games Store this week by Dear Esther: Landmark Edition, the first game from The Chinese Room. Players will explore beautiful environments on a deserted island as “a powerful story of love, loss, guilt, and redemption” unfolds before them.
An entirely different (but much more familiar) first-person game is also new to the Xbox Games Store this week. Bungie’s Destiny: Rise of Iron (Xbox One) will be the final expansion to the multiplayer shooter, and it asks players to fight back against Fallen mutants who “now scavenge the tombs of the Golden Age.”
And elsewhere on the Xbox Games Store… Batman and Bruce Wayne will continue their crusade to clean up Gotham City in Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 2: Children of Arkham (Xbox One), while Microsoft collected the first three seasons of content for their free-to-play fighter in Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition (Xbox One).
More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)
Believe it or not, but Bungie released the original version of Destiny nearly two years ago. After building up a devoted fanbase that continues to obsessively play the shooter to this day, the developer is gearing up to launch the final expansion this week. The Rise of Iron expansion will be available to download from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Games Store, but players who haven’t yet jumped into Destiny’s universe will be able to pick up Destiny: The Collection this week for the PS4 and Xbox One. In addition to the original game and Rise of Iron, The Collection will also include Expansion I: The Dark Below, Expansion II: House of Wolves, and The Taken King.
Killer Instinct made its debut during the Xbox One’s launch period, and it too will receive a collected edition this week. Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition will include all 26 characters and 20 stages from the game’s first three seasons, as well as a pair of bonus games (Killer Instinct Classic and Killer Instinct 2 Classic).
Fans of Japanese RPGs will also find a pair of new titles available on store shelves this week. Atlus will publish Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, a side-story to the original Shin Megami Tensei IV, for the 3DS. And NIS America will bring a reworked version of Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters to the PS4.
Finally this week, the Air Conflicts: Double Pack, which contains Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers and Air Conflicts: Vietnam, will be available for the PS4.
We’ll be back throughout the week with all the new additions to the PlayStation Store, Xbox Games Store, and Nintendo eShop.
The latest season of Killer Instinct will come to a close on July 22, when owners of the Season 3 Ultra Edition will get the chance to download Eyedol. Players who purchased the Season 3 Combo Breaker Edition for the Xbox One or Windows 10 will have to wait until July 29.
Eyedol originally served as the final boss of the original Killer Instinct, and he returns in the reboot to continue his battle against Gargos. You can witness all his two-headed fury in the gameplay trailer embedded above.
If you haven’t jumped into Killer Instinct yet, Microsoft will release a special Definitive Edition of the game on September 20. The Definitive Edition will contain all 26 characters, including Eyedol, that have been added to the game since its 2013 debut.
Microsoft and Iron Galaxy have announced they’ll cram a massive collection of Killer Instinct content into the newly-announced Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition this Fall.
Available for the Xbox One on September 20, the Definitive Edition will include all 26 characters from the game’s first three seasons (including Shadow Jago), as well as all 20 stages, both Killer Instinct Classic games, and more (thanks to the Xbox Wire):
- Every Killer Instinct Fighter! That’s 26 characters, including the remastered cast, original fighters like Hisako and Aria, and special guest characters like Arbiter from Halo, Rash from Battletoads and General RAAM from Gears of War.
- All 20 Stages, with visual upgrades and lighting changes (creating absolutely improved gorgeous fighting sets).
- Killer Instinct Classic 1 & 2 – Faithful recreations of the arcade originals for the Xbox One.
- Special Features like every song in the KI Archives, every character trailer, and never-before-seen concept artwork.
- An Interactive Universe Map with stage location details.
- Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Videos digging into the history, world, and design of this beloved franchise.
- The retail edition of Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition will include a bonus Original Soundtrack CD and an exclusive Gold Gargos Character Skin.
The Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition will be priced at $39.99, which is a pretty decent discount when compared to the currently-available Supreme Edition.
You know, it’s possible that Gears of War‘s General RAAM has been rumored to be joining Killer Instinct Season 3 for about as long as Donald Trump has been running for President. But just like Trump eventually captured the Republican nomination, so too has General RAAM been officially added to the Xbox One and PC fighting game.
Rukari Austin, Killer Instinct’s Community Manager, delivered the good news during Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference and on the Xbox Wire:
Brandishing his wickedly brutal blade, and wielding innate control of the carnivorous Kryll, General RAAM – military leader of the Locust Horde – is sure to strike fear into the heart of any opponent. Unleash heavy punishing attacks, brutal blade combos, and command Kryll swarms for offense or defense. Locust Queen Myrrah’s personal champion is sure to provide a challenge to all comers…
Like every other Killer Instinct fighter, General RAAM can be purchased as part of the Season 3 Combo Breaker Bundle ($19.99), Season 3 Ultra Edition Bundle ($39.99), or the 3-Season Supreme Edition ($59.99). The character can also be purchased as a standalone download for $4.99, but all Killer Instinct fans will first get to try him out for free this week.
Gargos is the immortal demon lord at the center of Killer Instinct‘s bizarre narrative, and the winged monster finally made his debut as part of the franchise’s rebooted continuity earlier this week.
To celebrate his release, developer Iron Galaxy released a new trailer featuring Gargos on Friday, and Season 3: Ultra Edition owners are able to download the character now. Owners of the Combo Breaker bundle, as well as individual purchasers, will have access to Gargos beginning June 3.
To give Killer Instinct fans a sneak peek at some of his alternate costumes, Iron Galaxy also released a trio of gameplay trailers for Gargos late last week. In case you missed them, be sure to check out the pure 90s-ness of Retro Gargos, as well as a more devilish take on the gargoyle, and a version with a creepy clown mask. All three trailers can be viewed after the break. (more…)
After adding a skeleton guy, a fire guy, an ice guy, a mummy, and many more to Killer Instinct, Iron Galaxy has finally reached “vampire” on the Great Wheel of Archetypal Characters. But the vampire in question is Mira, and as Maya’s sister, she’s definitely connected to the fighting game’s overarching story.
PAX East 2016 attendees got the chance to try out Mira this weekend at Iron Galaxy’s booth, and the developer was livestreaming new footage of her all weekend long. They also released a brand new trailer for the character, which has been embedded above.
Mira will be available to download sometime this week as part of Killer Instinct’s “Season 3.” Her appearance will be followed by Gargos next month, and two mystery characters in June and July (though one is heavily rumored to be General RAAM from Gears of War.