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Former Rare artist Lee Musgrave - now at mobile game company Crash Lab - has revealed that the studio came close on several occasions to greenlighting an HD version of Killer Instinct.

"Rare outsourced some of the conversion/development of Banjo Kazooie for Xbox LIVE Arcade, and it was kind of a test case for us to see what could be achieved in terms of developing with a partner, keeping our costs low and making some revenue," Musgrave told NES.

"You can make your own conclusions as to how that turned out by the fact that we didn't move on to any of the other games you mention.

"We came close to firing off a conversion of Killer Instinct a few times, but there were licensing obstacles to that, and it never really had enough perceived interest to push it forward." Analysis

Interestingly, last month Microsoft announced it had renewed the trademark for Killer Instinct, making everyone think a revival is on the cards.

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I rather enjoyed that game (back in the day)... :p especially the unlockable Mara Jade character!
Posted 12:45 on 03 October 2012
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Why on Earth, Tattoine, or Coruscant would ANYONE wish for a remake of Masters of Teras Kasi? Has the corpse of Star Wars not been violated enough without going back and opening earlier wounds?
Posted 10:51 on 03 October 2012
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I think Killer Instinct could only be a success given the exceptional reviews of the last Mortal Kombat game whetting people's appetites for such titles - but then it would have to live up to its stiffest competition - double-edged sword.

I just hope that any of the following: Rival Schools, Masters of Teras Kasi, Ergheiz, Thrill Kill, Bio F.R.E.A.K.S., or Ravenloft: Iron and Blood, could see a HD re-release. Wishful thinking on all accounts, though...
Posted 10:32 on 03 October 2012
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To be honest, I think the market research was probably correct. A small group of hardcore fight fans would have jumped on board on day 1, and there would also have been another band of retrophiles grabbing it, but its week 2 sales would probably have plummeted. I cite Perfect Dark as my example, because it did not do anywhere near as well as pre-release speculation suggested it would do. Turns out that either we internet nerds are more of a minority than previously thought, or that we are in fact all mouth and no trousers.
Posted 10:26 on 03 October 2012
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