Ready to unleash your Killer Instincts? I certainly hope so because Microsoft has revealed even more juicy details about one of its possibly soon-to-be most popular games: Killer Instinct 3.
After confirmation that Cheif Thunder would make his appearance in KI3, now Microsoft is adding Jago to the list. Moreover, Microsoft indicated that KI3 will be available as a free download. Yes. You read correctly: free. HOWEVER, though downloading KI3 will be free of charge, the caveat is that Jago will be the only available character for you roam the arenas of the new Killer Instinct – unless you pay the price that is. Microsoft will grant you the power of expanding your character pool only through purchases.
The characters will allegedly be available for purchase starting at $4.99 each. It’s been confirmed that 8 characters will be available for gameplay at launch date. Doing the math, we got 4.99 x 8 = 39.92. Which I consider to be a decent price for (1) it being a brand new game and (2) considering the game’s popularity. However, for those of you who might be whining over the prices and/or are truly Killer Instinct fans, Microsoft has solutions for you. Upon KI3’s release date, two bundle packs will be available for purchase: The Combo Breaker and The Ultra Edition. The Combo Breaker will bestow the permits to control all of the first 8 fighters (which all haven’t been announced yet) for only $19.99! I believe that’s pretty sweet and if you paid attention to the equation above, it will be a lot less than buying each character individually.
Now for the die hard fans there’s the Ultra Edition combo pack for $39.99. Not only you get all of the characters included in the Combo Breaker, but also you will have access to numerous characters’ accessories and costumes… And ot doesn’t stop there! Along with the various digital trinkets and threads, Microsofts throws in the ORIGINAL Killer Instinct in that ultra bag of goodies. Can we just validate HOW AWESOME IS THAT?! Well played, Microsoft. Well played.
Lastly, if you were one of those who bought 2 or 3 characters and then decides to buy one of the combo packs, Microsoft will not charge you full price for any of the value packs – you will be offered a discount. However, no established discount prices have been noted.
But wait! There’s more!
Xbox One’s Creative Director, Ken Lobb, told Eurogamer in an interview that an additional 8 characters will be released at a later date after the game launches in 2014 which gives us a total of 16 characters! So there’s a possibility that ALL OF KILLER INSTINCTS’ CHARACTERS will make a debut on KI3! Additionally, if the latter is true, Killer Instinct may be introducing a new playable character – which sounds totally badass! And there’s rumors that it might be this lady…
When the new wave of characters arrives, you’ll have the same paymeny options as I mentioned above: pay per character or buy one of the combo value packs.
As to what characters are to be released in each wave, I have found numerous articles with inconsistencies. So I’m going to place the links below for you to read and make your own assumptions:
Ready to unleash the Killer Instincts in you?