Donnchadh Murphy, a former 3D modeler that worked on games such as Donkey Kong 64, Jet Force Gemini and Conker’s Bad Fur Day, has revealed that the team at Rare desperately wanted to make a new Killer Instinct game. Murphy says that while the team wanted to create it, Microsoft were more interested in broadening the Xbox user base.

“Probably the same game every Rare fan wants to see and that’s KI3 (Killer Instinct 3). 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.”



  1. Well I think this fully states it. Rare is taking its toll with Microsoft game wise, and probably the only way they can make so much more games is to probably be bought out by Nintendo (or Sega since of Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing.)


    • There’s no point in buying out Rare as there are none of the talented developers left from when they were the ‘Golden Child’ of gaming. All that should be purchased are the franchises that are owned by Rare.


        • What I meant is that most of their most talented developers left when they were acquired by Microsoft. Nowadays, they still have a few talented ones, but as you said, their creativity is greatly limited.


  2. Lets see which of these 2 companies should i hack…
    dicktendo:company which makes games for babies and people somehow buys them
    sony:copycats and idiots but they have been hacked by anonymous

    i say dicktendo because they are fresh


  3. Why do I get the feeling Microsoft is about to leave the console race? They are only one Sony correct Vita price point away from doing that. If the Vita sells well, and joins the 3DS, even if it is millions of consoles behind the 3DS, microsofty’s game division is in peril. Here is why :

    1) PS4 shall release at the same time as xbox720, meaning microsoft’s gaming system cannot dominate the fps casuals anymore

    2) The Wii U shall be in first place and Nintendo make games, and games that are fun.

    3) Nintendo and Sony have first and second party genius game developers.

    4) We won’t miss halo or gears


  4. Why does everyone say Nintendo shouldn’t buy Rare back?
    “Oh, but the best employees are gone!”
    My brain hurts every time someone says this.
    Does no one even consider the possibility that Nintendo has the ability to put talented people from their own company BACK INTO RARE, if they bought it?
    And along with buying them, comes their IP’s, which Nintendo has always done justice to.
    It would be a good thing if Nintendo reacquired Rare, because they could raise it up out of the quagmire of mediocrity that they’ve fallen into ever since they were sold to Microsoft.[Bad move on Nintendo’s part, selling their stock in the company. I get that it was a business decision at the time, but it still wasn’t a good thing for Rare.]


  5. Huh… I would’ve relished at the thought of playing another KI game. KI was one of the games that’s made me laugh til i had a throbbing headache, another being the Smash Bros. series


  6. Screw you Microsoft for ruining Rare and not letting us get an amazing new KI game like everyone wanted (even though Rare desperately wanted to). IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT!!


  7. HOLY SHIT! Something just came to mind…what if “The game everybody wants us to make -Retro” is Killer Instinct 3. What if Retro started the game a while back and was the game that was pulled from E3 due to not clearing the liscenses yet because they hadn’t finalized the agreement between Microsoft and Nintendo. Who knows, because there was word going around that Nintendo wanted to buy back the IPs from Microsoft’sRARE


  8. KI3 will b 1 of the most selling fighting games ever!!! There’s a lot of pple who wants this game so bad!
    Y u guys just don’t make it? Microsoft is making a lot of stuff n’ their quality is the same… Y don’t make a good game like Killer Instinct 3? If u guys (Microsoft) r so smart u should see all the pple who have been specting this game 4 so long. Stop trying 2 get the water wet, n’ walking on circles!


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