Killer Instinct for Xbox One priced: $5 per character

Fans were none-too-pleased when Microsoft revealed that Killer Instinct would be free-to-play. However, Microsoft is sticking to its guns, detailing how much it'll all cost.

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Fans were none-too-pleased when Microsoft revealed that Killer Instinct would be free-to-play. However, Microsoft is sticking to its guns, revealing details on what you'll pay for, and how much it'll all cost. The base game will include one free playable character. However, additional characters will be available starting at $4.99 each. There will also be discounted character packages, which give you the "full game." The Combo Breaker Pack includes the first 8 planned characters for the game for $19.99. The Ultra Edition throws in additional character accessory packs, character costumes, and the original Killer Instinct arcade game. Six characters will be available for the game's launch later this year, including Jago, Sabrewulf, Glacius, and Thunder. Two more characters will be available post-launch. Here's some pictures of Thunder you can click on:

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    August 20, 2013 4:20 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Killer Instinct for Xbox One priced: $5 per character.

    Fans were none-too-pleased when Microsoft revealed that Killer Instinct would be free-to-play. However, Microsoft is sticking to its guns, detailing how much it'll all cost.

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      August 20, 2013 4:32 AM

      I am still adamant that this is a fucking stupid way to do it

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        August 20, 2013 6:04 AM

        Completely agreed. Incredibly stupid

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        August 20, 2013 6:16 AM

        What's your reasoning? Pay 5 bucks and get the player you want most or pay 20 and unlock the entire game.

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          August 20, 2013 6:24 AM

          Yeah, I don't get it. Apparently options suck now?

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          August 20, 2013 6:29 AM

          20 bucks duh. What are you stupid? What's 1 character gonna do?

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        August 20, 2013 6:41 AM

        It's an interesting experiment. There are some fighting game fanatics that only play a few characters, so this might entice them to get into the game a character at a time.

        You can still pay to unlock the whole game if you would rather do it that way.

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        August 20, 2013 6:50 AM

        Why do you think it's stupid? Look at it like your cable package. You only pay for the channels you watch. Or you pay for everything because you want it all.

        I think it's clever and outside the box

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          August 20, 2013 7:05 AM

          People get scared and confused about something being different.

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            August 20, 2013 8:33 AM

            Please. There is absolutely nothing that a company changes that costs the customers less money.

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              August 20, 2013 8:41 AM

              Read how it works, you get all the characters for $20 or you get them for $5 each up to a maximum of $20.

              So if you want 4 characters it'll cost $15 if you change your mind and want the 8 it'll still only cost you $20.

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          August 20, 2013 10:20 AM

          I watch 3 channels. To get those 3 channels, I have to pay for 500 I don't watch, and don't want. Cable's not exactly the best example to use.

          (And if it weren't for my wife, I'd cut the cord entirely, but that's another discussion)

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        August 20, 2013 9:24 AM

        Very. Fighting games are all about dipping in and out with all the characters (at least until you get super hardcore), not picking a few that look cool and only using them.

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      August 20, 2013 5:52 AM

      wtf

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      August 20, 2013 6:06 AM

      stupid... how many characters will there be anyway?

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        August 20, 2013 6:11 AM

        Doesn't matter; online you'll only see the initial 2 or whatever.

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          August 20, 2013 7:21 AM

          unless they do something like LoL does with a weekly free rotation of say.... 2-4 characters.

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      August 20, 2013 6:10 AM

      Free to play what exactly? A demo?

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      August 20, 2013 6:13 AM

      Ugn, and again you can still buy the whole game if you want.

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      August 20, 2013 6:43 AM

      Don't worry, if current trends hold, they'll announce it's $50 in 3 weeks.

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        August 20, 2013 6:52 AM

        They've already said that you can buy the game outright, from day one. F2P is an additional option, basically just a better demo.

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          August 20, 2013 10:42 AM

          Reminds me of Savage demo that let's you play MP with retail owners. Except that game suffered from most players were only on the demo map because of so many only played the demo.

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      August 20, 2013 6:44 AM

      So $15 if you want 4 characters (including the free one) Very good deal. And as stated you can buy the whole game anyway if you want.

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      August 20, 2013 7:20 AM

      Really, this price point doesn't bother me at all. I am simply not a fan of KI's mechanics, mainly the combo breaker. After seeing the videos, it seems to me that the most annoying and broken mechanic is even far more easier to execute and is thus multitudes more broken and annoying.

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      August 20, 2013 8:09 AM

      It's KIller Instinct, who cares?

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      August 20, 2013 8:53 AM

      6 characters at launch...

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      August 20, 2013 8:56 AM

      character accessory packs and character costumes

      Nope

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      August 20, 2013 9:22 AM

      Microsoft is thinking of dirty money!!!

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      August 20, 2013 9:29 AM

      I kind of like the idea of the model for some of the lesser-known fighting games that might have a chance at being reintroduced. I'm holding out hope for their next project to be a Clayfighter or a new Rise of the Robots.

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      August 20, 2013 9:54 AM

      The pricing scheme is fine, I am just disappointed in the fact that they have only 6 characters at launch and only 8 total planned at this point. I was expecting at least 12... the original game had 10 right?

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      August 26, 2013 6:50 PM

      WTF did microsoft do to this game -.- .....this game looks like crap. i loved the arcade game and microsoft just totally ripped my heart out on this game. first they decimate xb1 @ E3 (before they made their lolwe'rekidding joke changes). now they ruined 1 of the greatest arcade fighting games of all time by making people pay 5 bucks a character and destroyed their originality appearances of 1994/1995. i wasn't gonna buy a ps4 but this just drove me to buying 1 the moment i have cash. nice going microsoft on ticking me off. (btw dont even bother flaming on this comment because this will be the only time ill comment nor will i care)

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