Dynamite Entertainment is expanding its line of video game tie-in products with the acquisition of Microsoft’s Xbox One franchise, Killer Instinct. The current iteration of Killer Instinct is a free-to-play fighting game and is one of the most downloaded games on Xbox One. The series debuted in 1994 in arcades and the SNES and was originally developed by Rare, which is how Microsoft got the rights to the franchise. Those early versions of the game were the first with comic book tie-ins, and the series will return to comics in 2017.
“We are thrilled to enter into a partnership with Microsoft Studios with Killer Instinct,” says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. “As we continue to expand our line of video game tie-in titles, Killer Instinct is a perfect choice with great characters to explore and expand upon. The comics will be the beginning of a publishing program, which we will announce more details around soon! I think fans will be very pleased with what we have coming.”
“Comics is something the Killer Instinct fans have asked for again and again since launch. With the release of our newest expansion, Shadow Lords, players can see that the Killer Instinct cast has some fantastic back stories and there are still more stories to be told,” says Earnest Yuen, Executive Producer for Killer Instinct at Microsoft. “We love Dynamite Entertainment’s work and our team is incredibly excited to have them as a partner to expand upon the KI universe in the upcoming comic series.”
Further details on Dynamite Entertainment’s Killer Instinct publishing program to be announced in the coming months, with the comic series making its debut in the latter half of 2017.
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