‘Killer Instinct’ Hit New Player Record Last Month

The hype still burns for Killer Instinct, as the rebooted fighting game franchise hit a new player record last month.

It should come as no surprise that Killer Instinct is one of the most popular fighting games of the current console generation. Originally developed in the 90’s for Nintendo consoles and arcades by Rare, the Xbox One reboot from Double Helix and Iron Galaxy captures and intensifies the action and excitement of the original titles, with updated visuals, expanded mechanics and a nostalgic soundtrack from Mick Gordon, Celldweller and Atlas Plug.

Financial data-tracking company The NDP Group recently released their March 2016 gaming statistics. Though March is historically a low-selling month for the gaming industry, there were several noteworthy accolades to be found; Tom Clancy’s The Division was the best-selling game of the month, with Far Cry: Primal and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD rounding out the top 3 spots; Pokken Tournament made its North American debut as the seventh best-selling game of the month.

Killer Instinct failed to make the top 10 best-selling titles of March, granted the anticipated “Season 3” didn’t release until the final days of the month. According to Microsoft’s VP of the Xbox Marketing division Mike Nichols, Killer Instinct saw a record 6 million unique users last month, setting a new record for the title since its 2013 release. Now on its third “season” of DLC content, players can finally go head-to-head with the nearly complete roster of original characters; Gargos will arrive on a latter date, along with new characters Mira and General RAAM. Eyedol is all that remains of the original cast; fans shouldn’t count the character out just yet, as the final DLC character has yet to be revealed.

Killer Instinct is now available for both Xbox One and PC through the Windows 10 Store; as part of the launch-window promotion on PC, all Season 1-3 content can be purchased as a bundle in-game for $49.99. The title is a Cross-Buy title with cross-play support; not only can Xbox One players compete against PC users, but any content purchased on one platform will be available on the other,

Image courtesy of Microsoft, Iron Galaxy, Rare

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