When Microsoft acquired Rare several years ago, the company was reportedly going to build on the Killer Instinct franchise. On Microsoft’s PlayXBLA website, Microsoft had announced that they renewed the trademark for Killer Instinct.
“With all due respect to our friends in the media who like to frequent trademark sites, We thought we?d break this one ourselves,” said Microsoft. “Our legal eagles have authorized us to say: “We have either renewed or refiled a trademark application in various jurisdictions.”
Perhaps Microsoft will put Killer Instinct 1 or 2 on XBLA at some point with HD graphics or maybe Rare wants to make Killer Instinct 3.