Killer Instinct: Trademark Renewed

With all due respect to our friends in the media who like to frequent trademark sites, we thought we’d break this one ourselves. :)

Our legal eagles have authorized us to say: “We have either renewed or refiled a trademark application in various jurisdictions.”

That’s it! Have a good Monday!

  • http://twitter.com/Navarin Buster Wolf


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=44010669 Jeff Yenzer


  • Anonymous


  • Manolo

    Does that mean what I think it means?! Just to be safe ->http://www.petitiononline.com/petitions/KI3/signatures?page=60

  • Dartane

    Better be an HD re-release or that’s some serious trolling!

  • K4rn4ge


  • http://relyonhorror.com/ CJ Melendez

    Rare is back?! Please get Chris Seavor back for a Conker sequel. Conker 2 would be a perfect game to satire the current game industry, films, and have social commentary.

  • vdh360

    F-Yeah! I used to break my finger playing this one.

  • Anonymous

    They have to renew things or waive the trademark. This doesn’t mean anything is coming.

    • http://www.twitter.com/nickchester NickC

      Seeing as how this is an MS-run website, it seems seriously unlikely they’d draw attention to this if there wasn’t something cooking. But in general, yes, that’s true. :)

      • Anonymous

        Oh I know. But since MS is starting Rumors I felt like taking their job.

        I’m willing to bet something is happening or they are literally trolling their fans.

  • http://twitter.com/VAStreamMonster Marty

    Bring Killer Instinct back!!!

  • Jamie

    OMG! I am freaking out and reverting to my childhood right now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.ibahadokenarra Jay Ibahadokenarra


  • Adrian Bolstridge

    I now have the mental image that Microsoft has a team of Eagle Attorneys…THANKS! Oh, good news too. I remember almost making my thumbs bleed playing Killer Instinct Gold too much.

  • Anonymous

    I hope this is a sign that a Killer Instinct HD remake is coming to XBLA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ngandu.kabongo Ngandu Kabongo

    i would be a new killer instinct game or even an hd remake of the first game

  • http://www.facebook.com/ngandu.kabongo Ngandu Kabongo

    i would buy a new killer instinct game or even a remake of the first game

  • http://twitter.com/GeoffreySubtil Geoffrey

    good news!!!
    remake HD by 4J Studios or reboot?

  • Anonymous

    C-C-C-C-C-C-Combo breaker! You’d BETTER not eff this up, Microsoft. I don’t want a similar situation to the abomination that was Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.

    • Roku750

      I liked Nuts & Bolts for what it was, but I agree that it definitely wasn’t a Banjo-Kazooie game. Rather, it was a game that just happened to feature Banjo and Kazooie characters.

      • Anonymous

        That’s exactly what I don’t want to have happen to KI3 if they decide to make it. James Rolfe, also known as the AVGN, did a video about Killer Instinct not too long ago and he made a joke about Nuts & Bolts when he asked where KI3 was (the screen said Killer Instinct: Nuts & Bolts).

  • http://handsomefatman.com/ Carlos Alexandre

    KI3 with Burst-like Combo Breakers (and NOT like KI/KI2) might make me man-moist.

  • Jacob

    Trolling is getting over rated

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208283763 Manos Karatarakis

    Im begging you MS do this and let Rare make a NEW Killer instinct game -.- Eitherway you need more strong first party IPs and K.I. is freaking awesome. Up till today I’ll always remember my cousin playing with me before he passed away. Loved it..

  • Anonymous

    Do what Capcom did and make a fortune. Release the early games on XBLA then the new one on retail. So basically, release the arcade versions of KI1 and KI2 on XBLA and then KI3 on retail.

  • http://twitter.com/Jaybonaut Jaybo H


  • parolama

    YEESSS!! I hope they don’t mess this one up!!

  • Joe

    Yeah they renew trademarks so nobody can make legally game based on IPs they own. It means nothing its just an usual thing they do whenever it needed.

  • ×Bishamonten×

    Online Versus please!

  • Jenny


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1289262066 Freddie Antongiorgi

    Gosh this the only reason that I would have to buy a Xbox 360 it makes me so mad that I would have to use thar terrible Dpad or I would have to buy that special controller

    • http://www.facebook.com/loqito Christian Vasquez

      PS2 controller + PS2 to 360 adapter

  • http://handsomefatman.com/ Carlos Alexandre

    Rare is the last company I want making a fighter, considering they’ve made 0 good ones to date. But Microsoft’s slew of second party devs don’t strike me as fighting game makers either.

    Outsource. Ask David Sirlin, MikeZ, or ArcSys to make it.

  • Griever

    i didn’t take Donchad Murphy serious from the beginning, he was a retired Rare-Staff, after renewing by Microsoft, so what else he should’ve say…

  • http://twitter.com/Jun284 Jun

    Get 4J to make the HD remakes. They did a great job with Perfect Dark.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aldo.andino.5 Aldo Andino

    Awesome Combo


    Mother of God , XDA Incredible


      Mother of God , Incredible !

  • Guest

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!! KI1 and 2 (Arcade versions) for XBLA please! Bout damn time! And a KI3 in development for next year would be awesome as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Yohmi Guillaume Bouvier

    I just hope it won’t end in something too… weird. No kinect, no funny things. Just an old good fight with Cinder VS Glacius, and, of course, with an amazing soundtrack. :D

  • …. ….

    Are you keeping this to really bring it back or just redoing it to be trade mark squaters?

    I mean come on cant we at least get killer instinct 1 and 2 in arcade perfect form on xbox live arcade I thought that was the whole point of it to have new and old arcade games for download?

    We never got a arcade perfect killer instinct 1 one the super nintendo could not handle it and killer instinct 2 came out as killer instinct gold and it was not arcade perfect either it was something else based off ki2 I would fork over $50 for a killer instinct 1 and 2 download pack.

    I will take anything killer instinct you put out and pay money for it at this point street fighter and mortal kombat and most other fighting games seem to do well on xbox live I do not see the point of holding it back and keeping it from the people that want the game it was played a lot back in the 90s.

  • …. ….

    Oh and battletoads did you guys see how good the konamis simpsons and ninja turtle games did on xbox live arcade? and castle crashers you guys are sitting on a gold mine arcade game with battletoads and you are not using it.

    Trust me people want the battletoads back.

  • …. ….

    Oh and if it is a new game bring back Riptor…. he was a jurassic park raptor man that eats people and claws at them he has sweet as hell and for some reason they took him out in Ki2 lame.

  • Benzolive

    STOP BEING CHEAP AND BRING THAT SHIT BACK >>>>>shit even to download and play the old one on 360 or ps3 would be nice

  • http://www.facebook.com/yeltnerb.posy Brent Posy

    Hell Yeahh

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.eason1 Charles Eason
  • Panick


  • Jeffadam

    If that’s true, even if it’s KI 1 and 2 arcade, either a real HD release, with no borders on screen, or otherwise, KI3…. but no more blurry old remakes playing a tiny screen with a 10 inch “cute” border around the game in a 42 LED TV >_<
    I can play the emulated MAME games already on my 42", but I'd gladly buy a decent port of the games.
    (please port them nicely, please port them nicely, please…..) LOL

  • ppbeat


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=759234535 Ricardo Saenz Leiva


  • Eric

    I want Killer Instinct 1 and 2 rereleased in one game collection on Xbox Live Arcade!

  • undertaker200871

    i think they should release ki1and2 on xbla and psn with hd graphics.Please give us a release date soon!!!!!!!!!

  • Fabian Bascur

    Que maravillosa nnoticia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! esperemos los dos killer instinct HD en Xbox Live Arcade y en un futuro cercano un nuevo y renovado Killer Instinct 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Griever

    Fantastic, i hope you are back now in the core-Gamer-Heaven, what really made you come so far – don’t dissapoint us!!

  • Fabián

    It would be stupid of Microsoft … not revive this lost gem! want Killer Instinct 1 and 2 in HD following by acclaimed Killer Instinct 3!

  • Richi

    anyone know of KI arcades in NYC??? ever since the KI news I cant stop thinking about it and been on hunt for it here in the city…I even called Nintendo to see if they have a DB as to where KI is available…no luck…tried different sites but not cigar…If anyone knows where the coin-op arcade is available and in working condition please post or send me a PM via email, thank you!!!

  • Richi

    ever since this news i have been on a hunt for this arcade in NYC…I even contacted nintendo to see if they had a DB as to where this coin-op arcade is available…has anyone seen this in working and operating condition in NYC??? PM or POST, thank you…JUSSSSTTT TOOOO HOOOTTTT!!!!!

    • grassninja

      You could try eBay, man. I bought a dedicated KI1 cabinet off there earlier this year. Came out to like $900 after shipping and arrived in good, working order. Money well wasted.

  • KI3&NewConker

    thank you Microsoft, i bet if u let rare make a KI3 And New Conker, you guys will be so happy

  • joe

    If you make a new Killer Instinct, my first reaction will be: “buy a Xbox360 and let the Wii U for the next year.”

  • grassninja

    Please do not f—- this up by ‘enhancing’ the IP with Kinect in ANY way, shape, or form. Rare is already a shadow of their former greatness since they’ve been shoved on Avatar Duty. Don’t ruin this beloved franchise just so you can yet again fail at reaching the casual Wii crowd. Look at what SF4 and MK did, learn from it their successes and mistakes, apply it to this. Oh so simple.

  • Plazma Blad3

    We wait impatiently for the release date for KILLER INSTINCT dead for 16
    years, we want K.I resurrected A.S.A.P I agree 100% put K.I 1 and 2 in
    the market place then bring K.I 3. I’m sure that you are aware we miss
    our ULTRA!!!!!! combos and C-C-C-C-C Combo Breakers I stopped purchasing
    Mk games as of 2006 and Street Fighter games KlLLER INSTINCT is the
    missing piece to the puzzle dont get me wrong I still have MVC2 awesome
    game we need K.I with online matches.

  • Plazma Blad3

    For all the KILLER INSTINCT fans my associate has a real petition on his face book page visit facebook type Karl Boerger just put your email and sign.

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