Microsoft Insist Killer Instinct Is Not Free-to-Play

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 8:45 AM
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Microsoft has re-evaluated the stance they are taking with Killer Instinct yet again, insisting that the game is not a free-to-play title, but is instead ‘the world’s most generous demo’.

"I just want to get as many people playing as I can," explained Kenn Lobb, creative director of first party Xbox One games, as he attempted to re-define the game...

In what ranks up there as one of the most greatest philosophical debates since "is a sandwich cut in half two sandwiches or is it half a sandwich", Ken Lobb, creative director of first party Xbox One games said:

“It’s not a free-to-play game in the traditional sense. Some people are like, 'oh, free-to-play.' No. It's not free-to-play,” Lobb explained.

Is it a demo? Is it free-to-play? No, it’s a game!

"What is free-to-play? It's a thing you really can't ever own at all. Day one, if you want to buy our game, buy it. You own it. There's no grind for little coins that unlock things later. None of that."

Whether it’s free-to-play or a demo, what is known is that Killer Instinct will be available to download on day one with just the one playable character, Jago. You'll be able to purchase and download the remaining five for £3.99/$4.99 each. Alternatively, the Combo Breakers pack will be available which contains all six initial fighters as well as two yet to be announced combatants, and will retail for £16.99/$19.99.

The eye-wateringly expensive Ultra Edition puts paid to any free-to-play ideas with it’s £34.99/$39.99 price tag for the entire 8-character roster, as well as additional bonus costumes and an emulated version of the original Killer Instinct.

Some other games, such as the sadly no longer supported Tribes: Ascend have also walked this free to pay/full purchase line, with some success.

The game is set to launch in seasons, with a further 8 characters arriving in time for the 2014 Holiday season to keep the experience fresh - although those characters are likely to need further purchasing.

Killer Instinct will be launching this November as one of the launch titles for the Xbox One.

Will any of you be downloading this when the Xbox One releases? Which package are you going to go for? What do you think of their pricing model, do you like just paying for the bits that you want?

 

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17:28 Apr-03-2014

I was put off buying this due to it being on the Xbox One anyway. I dislike using an analog stick for beat'em up games, and the XB1's d-pad is atrocious.

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09:02 Aug-29-2013

More microtransaction crap!? Well done Microsoft, well done.

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16:48 Aug-29-2013

No you are paying for as much of the game as you want. I bet people would not have complained if MS had released it as a $40 game instead of breaking it down and allowing the player to select which parts of the game he wants.

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18:06 Aug-29-2013

Each to their own I believe :) if Mortal Kombat was released with just sub zero and you had to buy the rest the consumer would complain. When a game offers you the option to buy each character before trying them out and you don't like them then you've wasted money. To me it just feels slightly unfinished when I have to pay in instalments for the bulk of a game.

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