Killer Instinct 3: ‘Microsoft wasn’t interested’, says ex-Rare dev

Wednesday, 22nd August 2012 10:49 GMT By Dave Cook

Killer Instinct 3 was on Rare’s radar, but was blocked by Microsoft after it acquired the company, an ex-staffer has revealed.

Speaking with Not Enough Shaders, ex-Rare modeller Donnchadh Murphy discussed what game he would have liked to have made while at the studio, “Probably the same game every Rare fan wants to see and that’s Killer Instinct. We all wanted to make KI3, but Microsoft [was] more interested in broadening their demographic than making another fighting game. So it never got made, I doubt it ever will.”

ON Microsoft’s relationship with Rare, Murphy said, “Personally I don’t think it was a great mix. At first it seemed that they wouldn’t interfere much, but it was soon clear that they were more interested in using Rare to help aim at a younger market. This stifled a lot of creativity, Rare was renowned for their diverse portfolio, so to not be involved in making Mature games was a real blow.”

Thanks OXM.

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  1. Tearsir

    Waiting for this game to be made for so many years… So sad to hear that Microsoft will continue to use Rare to do “stuff” like Kinect Sports and not to make an epic Killer Instinct 3.

    #1 2 years ago

    Yeah, cos they only wanted Rare for Kids games, so they could compete with Nintendo…



    #2 2 years ago
  3. KrazyKraut

    @2 haha :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Gheritt White

    Given the recent resurgence of the 1-on-1 fighting game genre and the stellar sales enjoyed by SSFIV and Mortal Kombat in particular, I sincerely hope that MS consider making KI:3 as an exclusive launch title for Durango.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. KAP

    The only software Microsoft are interested in is Halo, Forza and dear I say it, Windows.

    The only software Nintendo are interested in is tired and done to death Ips Mario bros 23, Mario Kart 24 and Mario Party 25

    Sony, while not perfect by a long shot is by far the most interested in delivering something new in terms of IPs to the table, So I’ll stand by that every. single. flipping. time.

    You’d be crazy not to be in the generation of “FPS”.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. The_Red

    Of course, god forbid Rare makes a decent game that’s not related to Kinect or Avatars. It’s really a dumb move too since Fighters are kinda on a roll this gen with many huge titles like SF4, MK9, BB, SFxT and so forth.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    SO TRUE.
    Rare was made extinct by ms.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Da Man

    Do you know why is that. #5? Because Sony doesn’t have anything on the same level as Mario, Halo or Windows (used to be teh Walkman but the japs were too busy with their useless space age formats and let Apple turn everything upside down).

    Sony keeps rehashing Gran Turismo for 14 years. If it wasn’t for their below acceptable dev cycles we ‘d likely have one every two years, like it used to be with the first three ones (Gt through Gt3).

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gadzooks!

    I’ve spent more time playing Kinect Sports 1 & 2, and had more fun with them, than every PS3 game combined in a year of ownership.

    Plus, Banjo N&B and Viva Pinata were totally brilliant games.

    Ain’t nothing wrong with Rare. They make great games whether some tools want to call them casual or core, they’re just great, playable games.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ManuOtaku

    If what this sir said is true, well i do hope they change they mind at some point, becuase is a great series, and rare can produce a very different game that will stand on his own like nuts and bolts, i have a very big confidence in rare after this game, therefore i hope they can do it, or are doing it for that matter.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ManuOtaku

    #9 agree Gadzooks all the Rare games since microsoft are good,and i find them just as good as they were with nintendo, both viva piñata games are great, banjo nuts and bolts is a very great game and it was a very bold move on rares part, very different and i think the gamble did pay off, kinect sports are well done and i like them, heck even Kameo was a great game, if they make a new conker and killer instinct it will become again one of the top 3 developers for me, i hope they decide to do both of them.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. absolutezero

    I want to kill you for saying Nuts and Bolts was anything other than a fucking tragedy.

    Heres your Banjo game! BLEURGHRGHGHGH

    Rare is also a shadow of its former self, this was not brought about by MS the decline was quite apparent in the last few years of the Nintendo era. Fucking Starfox Adventures.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    #12 absolute i understand you didnt like it, and i do also hope they made a banjo 3 too, i mean a true sucessor to the first two games (paltform), but i do like when developers take bold steps to do something new, and even if somebody doenst like the game, they had to give some credict to Rare,becuase the game looked good, did play good, the creative part was good with a lot of experimentation, and thats why i did like it a lot, but like i said i know based on the heritage of the series, that this game could dissapoint some gamers, and rightly so.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. absolutezero

    Did you ever play Perfect Dark Zero, Manu? Or Grabbed by the Ghoulies?


    I understand how people that never played either of the previous Banjo titles might have enjoyed Nuts and Bolts as a different experience, but fans have been asking Rare for a new Banjo game since the second game came out, this is what they got.


    EDIT: Nintendo buy Banjo back, give it to Retro. Good ending.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Gadzooks!


    It’s a shame you didnt enjoy N&B. It is quite brilliant with some of the best visuals this gen, and some of the most innovative gameplay.

    I cant think of another game where you can build a functional aircraft carrier and race with it alongside pantomime horses and model starship enterprises! All player created.

    It’s possibly the greatest unsung gem of this generation. EG did a retrospective recently. Top, top stuff.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. ManuOtaku

    #14 well absolute, as a well known nintendo defender i think is given that i did played those games back in the N64 era :), like i said i hope they will do a platform banjo games like the previous two games, but that doenst mean i didnt appreciate nuts and bults, i love when developers try to do something new thats all, and i did like it a lot thats a plus in my eyes, but i understand your sentiment torwards the game, because i do also want a banjo platform game myself, and i know this game was not for everybody.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. absolutezero

    It just confused me why they would release the teaser trailer and then scrap everything that was in it and replace it with wait when did Little Big Planet come out again?

    #17 2 years ago
  18. HeavyD-Love

    Should have been a new Nintendo system launch title. Shame.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Digital Bamboo

    @ Da Man – are you seriously dropping a 70 year old racial slur on here? If it wasn’t for the Japanese, we wouldn’t even have a video game industry as we know it. Show some respect.

    As for “Sony doesn’t have anything on the same level as Mario, Halo or Windows” yeah, except for the top 2 selling home game consoles of all time, and a little series called Metal Gear Solid, which has been primarily on Sony consoles. Not to mention Uncharted.

    BTW, NOBODY has anything on the same level as Mario or Windows, except maybe Disney or Google.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Joe Musashi

    No U.
    NO U!!


    #20 2 years ago
  21. Da Man

    Hello. No you ‘re actually the first person to enlighten me that it can be used that way.

    As for their consoles, what happened to your definitions? Why use a straw man argument all of a sudden. Mgs doesn’t exactly do 10 million copies iirc, does it. Neither does Uncharted.

    Lara Croft has been on pretty much the same level, and so was Sonic at one point. Same goes for Doom in early 90s, Halo in late 00s and currently CoD.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    @19 He doesn’t care about respect. He’s doing it intentionally to get a reaction out of people.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Da Man

    O’Conner contributing as usual..

    #23 2 years ago
  24. DSB


    #24 2 years ago
  25. Deacon

    Da Man being a flame-baiting little muppet as usual…

    #25 2 years ago
  26. SplatteredHouse

    Microsoft lacking killer instinct? Sounds a fair read on things, this gen.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Da Man

    Reinforcements? Angry fans of mystical oriental culture?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Digital Bamboo

    Let’s hug it out Da Man.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. pukem0n

    rare isnt the same company as it was back then anyway.
    i bet you, none of the employes from then are still on it

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Ali

    This is the price you pay for being a first party dev. Not only you are tightly controlled but thrown into another direction entirely.

    The same happened to Sony Bend studios. The guys were stunning in the 90s with their Syphon Filter games, but Thanx to Sony, they are PSP developers now and the series is dead because of the piracy that plagued the original PSP.

    #30 2 years ago

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