Ex-Rare dev says he doubt a new Killer Instinct game will ever be made.
According to ex-Rare modeller Donnchadh Murphy, who sat with Not Enough Shaders (via OXM) to talk about what game he would have liked to make while at Rare, his answer was swift: “Probably the same game every Rare fan wants to see and that’s Killer Instinct. 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.”
Murphy then said that Microsoft’s acquisition of Rare hasn’t been a good mix: “Personally I don’t think it was a great mix. At first it seemed that they wouldn’t interfere much, but it was soon clear that they were more interested in using Rare to help aim at a younger market. This stifled a lot of creativity, Rare was renowned for their diverse portfolio, so to not be involved in making Mature games was a real blow.”
This has me feeling a bit sad. Killer Instinct is my favorite fighting game franchise.