During Gamescom, Double Helix and Microsoft announced Killer Instinct’s pricing structure for the Xbox One this November. There will be 6 characters available at launch, with another 2 being released a few months after, and for those who get the Ultra Edition, will also get an emulated version of the original Killer Instinct Arcade game.
It was also confirmed that there will be character skins and accessories (small features that players can change on the character e.g. masks, headgear), and there will be a number of announcer voices to choose from. (KI1, KI2, KI3). Also, with this being Killer Instinct: Season One, Double Helix confirmed more ‘seasons’ to come, bringing another 8 characters to the roster, and more features like story mode. Holiday 2014 is the proposed release of ‘Season Two’
Killer Instinct for Xbox One will be free to download with one free playable character available. Additional characters will be available for purchase starting at $4.99USD / £3.99 / €4.99 each.
Players can also purchase special discounted character packages:
Combo Breaker Pack – Save 50 percent instantly by purchasing the Combo Breaker pack, which includes the first 8 characters (6 at launch, plus 2 characters before their official post-launch release) for $19.99USD / £16.99 / €19.99.
Ultra Edition – The Ultra Edition delivers the best value for “Killer Instinct” fans. Available for $39.99USD / £34.99 / €39.99, the Ultra Edition includes:
– The first 8 characters (6 at launch, plus 2 characters before their official post-launch release)
– Character accessory packs
– Character Costumes
– The original “Killer Instinct” arcade game
A mysterious 5th character was also revealed, and SHE plays quite differently to the ‘core four’ fighters already revealed. From the 15 second trailer, we see most of her attacks in the air, which people are now suggesting that this character’s attacks will be Air-based
It’s unknown whether she is a re-imagining of a previous KI character (Kim Wu or Orchid), or if she is completely new. Her look is really reminiscent of Mortal Kombat’s, but her fighting style and her Spider-like moves brings something new to the KI franchise.