Written by Eric Yee Tuesday, 18 September 2012 11:13
The Microsoft run playxbla.com website has revealed that the trademark for Killer Instinct has been renewed by the Xbox parent company.
The patent was filed in video games under goods and services, specifying "online video games." Killer Instinct is a fighting game developed by Rare which dates back to the arcade. It had success under a publishing deal from Nintendo on the SNES, Gameboy and N64.
This wouldn't be the first time Microsoft has revived a Rare franchise. We have already seen the re-release of Conker's Bad Fur Day on the original Xbox as well as Perfect Dark Zero and Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on the Xbox 360.
The success of these revivals is debatable, especially since we haven't seen another installment in any of the above franchises in a couple years. Hopefully Microsoft can get it right and bring back Killer Instinct to reclaim it's former glory. It is a good time for a revive with the resurgence of fighting games in recent years.