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Killer Instinct Thunder combo trailer - features quick glimpse at brand new character to the KI franchise

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • August 23, 2013 at 7:02 p.m. PDT
Updated: The original combo trailer from Gametrailers has since been removed. After the jump, you can find the clip of the new character in action, uploaded by Maximilian.

Gametrailers has uploaded an official combo trailer for Thunder in Killer Instinct. In it, we get to see Thunder performing a few wicked looking combos using Shadow meter, his different linkers and more.

At the very end of the video, we get a glimpse at what appears to be a brand new character in the KI franchise. Because her face is mostly hidden, it is hard to tell if this is simply a revamp of an old female character or an all new fighter. Judging by her play style, she seems to be entirely different than any previously playable characters.

Check out some screen shots of this mystery character below, and hit the jump to view the Thunder combo trailer.


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Tip by knuxpyro56.

Comments

knuxpyro56 said on August 23, 2013 at 5:40 p.m.

some say its Kim Wu

#1
Xul said on August 23, 2013 at 5:43 p.m.

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#2
phoenixkusanagi said on August 23, 2013 at 5:48 p.m.

Lol watch that B. Orchid redesigned XD. Oh you guys and your crazy re-imaginings...

No seriously, whoever that is, I'm intrigued.

#3
NoizyChild said on August 23, 2013 at 5:48 p.m.

#2

And of course, you feel the need to tell us that on every KI article.

Feel better now?

#4
Abbadon36 said on August 23, 2013 at 5:53 p.m.

That char looks nuts!
Hope this at some point gets ported over to another system.

#5
Taizuku said on August 23, 2013 at 5:55 p.m.

It's Ezia Auditora.

#6
Strider_Hien said on August 23, 2013 at 5:56 p.m.

@5 You mean PC,right? Because there's no way in hell that this will appear in any other console....unless MS dabbles in the portable market.

#7
PoweredByProtein said on August 23, 2013 at 5:56 p.m.

Really?! There are going to be 8 starting characters slots and they're wasting one on a new character instead of bringing back an old fighter? Great plan.

#8
khimaera said on August 23, 2013 at 5:56 p.m.

I really think the redesigns are quite good, I mean KI never was that iconic anyway and I'm kind of interested in this game at least it looks better and more entertaining than injustice ;D

#9
DatMangoSentinel said on August 23, 2013 at 5:57 p.m.

WHEN'S TJ COMBO?!

#10
BucketheadZ06 said on August 23, 2013 at 5:58 p.m.

#2 why bother? Trolls are gonna troll I guess

#11
ibukkeke said on August 23, 2013 at 5:58 p.m.

the merchant from resident evil 4?

#12
maxi2099 said on August 23, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Now Thunder will need a gun.

#13
Tensa said on August 23, 2013 at 6 p.m.

is that an MK character?

#14
EVIL_MECHANICK said on August 23, 2013 at 6 p.m.

As long as it doesn't take away a spot from tj combo, I could care less.

#15
khimaera said on August 23, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.

@ #14 yes is the female version of scorpion :P

#16
Dreamking23 said on August 23, 2013 at 6:02 p.m.

Looks more like B. Orachnid to me... (that was a stretch, I know. Just let it rock.)

#17
AugustAPC said on August 23, 2013 at 6:03 p.m.

She looks pretty damn cool. Not sure she fits well with the KI style, but I'll wait and see.

Killer Instinct has character designs that tend to be more deliberate than this new character looks. I'm not really seeing any direct media influence in her design, which is a big thing with KI... so I'm not sure what to feel about her, yet.

I am salty that she might be taking Orchid's slot for the initial release, though.

#18
Cammystrike said on August 23, 2013 at 6:06 p.m.

She looks interesting enough, although it seems like they might of consulted with Ed Boon for the design.

#19
EMP_FecalMatter said on August 23, 2013 at 6:06 p.m.

I highly doubt that its Orchid since her signature colour is green. this is either Kim Wu (same colour clothing) or a brand new character.
either way, she looks pretty sick

#20
xLuna said on August 23, 2013 at 6:07 p.m.

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#21
tktktk43 said on August 23, 2013 at 6:07 p.m.

This bit of news matters little to me but the new character is poorly designed.

#22
HyperViperNZ said on August 23, 2013 at 6:07 p.m.

lol shes probably Maya or Orchid.

#23
AugustAPC said on August 23, 2013 at 6:09 p.m.

I sincerely doubt this is Kim Wu. It's definitely not Maya or Orchid.

It's a new character. It goes in line with what they said about none of us expecting who the next reveal would be.

#24
Hackstermatrix said on August 23, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.

All the revealed chars look so viable damn can't wait to see the whole cast!

#25
MMGboys said on August 23, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1EXzn...
^^^^ just the end trailer

Mortal Kombat's Mileena + Skarllet = Kim Wu

but its cool

Some of Dahlsim is in Martian Man Hunter (stretchy arms) and Zantana (slow big fireball)

Everyone likes everyone

#26
JesseRobles said on August 23, 2013 at 6:12 p.m.

You are not gonna believe this, but a few weeks ago when there was a discussion about the characters that would make it into the game and having a new male and a new female fighter, I imagined the new female fighter JUST LIKE HER. I didn't think of her play-style, but her design is exactly how I imagined her. I almost freak out! lol
She looks awesome and, even though she isn't Orchid, I'm happy to see a female finally added to the roster. And a really cool one! :)

I must have a soul mate working at Double Helix. <3

#27
vxkirvinxv said on August 23, 2013 at 6:15 p.m.

I say this is a new character. not because she looks different (obviously) but the announcer says welcome. Maybe a new character, lets wait and see.

#28
Xul said on August 23, 2013 at 6:17 p.m.

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#29
RandomSelectMaster said on August 23, 2013 at 6:25 p.m.

I love the new character!!!

#30
mario3d said on August 23, 2013 at 6:25 p.m.

Its a new character not Kin Wu

#31
MMGboys said on August 23, 2013 at 6:25 p.m.

Rhianna????

#32
Sanox said on August 23, 2013 at 6:26 p.m.

hehe. they avoided having to design a good looking face.

#33
mario3d said on August 23, 2013 at 6:32 p.m.

Its classic character substitute = HATE
All classic chars in the game or die for Ken Lobb

#34
ShakeTheWorm said on August 23, 2013 at 6:34 p.m.

She looks really cool. Better than that crappy Thunder (I liked most design so far, but Thunder is just...)

#35
ShakeTheWorm said on August 23, 2013 at 6:36 p.m.

That being said I hope some fighting game, some day, will give us some non overly sexualised female characters.

#36
VulcanHades said on August 23, 2013 at 6:46 p.m.

I don't understand why anyone would think that's Kim Wu lol.

It's obviously a new character introducing a 5th archetype. From the looks of things she spends most of the time in the air doing flying juggles.

Kim Wu would be kicking people's ass on the ground not in the air. :)

#37
MontoniBeatdown said on August 23, 2013 at 6:46 p.m.

i get the idea how DH took every fighting game/2D beat em ups and incorporated to KI

so Jago shows some resemblance to Ryu/Ken and Subzero

Glacius took the fighting style of Sim, and made him/her look like the Arbiter from halo 2

Saberwulf reminds me of Rahzar from TMNT

Thunder is a genetically made version of T Hawk and Nightwolf

and the new character looks like a fraud lol

#38
KCereal said on August 23, 2013 at 6:46 p.m.

Weird, I just played Assassin's Creed.

#39
gammabolt17 said on August 23, 2013 at 6:47 p.m.

@29

Stop coming here just to cry like a bitch. How does that work out for ya? If you got this much of a problem with the game/DH there's no reason to keep checkin for them.

#40
N0_0NE_SPECIAL said on August 23, 2013 at 6:50 p.m.

Brand New Character = Remade Old Character. SRK Logic.

#41
Jedda678 said on August 23, 2013 at 6:56 p.m.

@29

I may not like the redesign of Glacius but I don't come here to gripe about it, or any other KI related article. I just see it, go "Hm, interesting." and move on. Senseless feedback like your's isn't needed, all you are really doing is crying out so someone will listen, when you get negative feedback you insult them, when you get positive you're gonna stay quiet on here. It's the same thing children do, I see it quite frequently, and it's not becoming.

#42
xShonuffx said on August 23, 2013 at 6:56 p.m.

They took it down :(

#43
KingKong said on August 23, 2013 at 6:58 p.m.

Heh, looks fine. Not Cinder though

#44
Daedae22 said on August 23, 2013 at 7 p.m.

@#29 according to your profile yes, Yes you have commented the same haterish type things on almost every article. Keep sippin that haterade and your prolly gonna get game day one lmao.

#45
HooliganComboFTW said on August 23, 2013 at 7:10 p.m.

Most likely a completely new character. Spider-Man assassin with was my first thought.

#46
Wavathar said on August 23, 2013 at 7:12 p.m.

Is it a character from the older games? Why have a Chief Thunder and a Thunder char?

And it looks a lot like an MK char.
Didn't like it.. but the game is looking good. Hope they launch it for PC someday.

#47
VulcanHades said on August 23, 2013 at 7:15 p.m.

Hopefully what's under the mask isn't as terrifying as unmasked Kitana.

#48
DangerousBacon said on August 23, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.

Animation doesn't look too good.

#49
H_Lightning said on August 23, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.

She's cool and all but um...WHERE'S FULGORE!?

#50
synce said on August 23, 2013 at 7:21 p.m.

I know you can't see her entire face but... damn.... I'm almost positive she looks like a man.

#51
ZDH513 said on August 23, 2013 at 7:22 p.m.

lol #29 should follow there own advise
#49 idk if thats the actual video cause the original got put down so it might be a leak idk or it could be a teaser trailer put together either way i am interested in who the charc is and the playstyle

#52
Mike said on August 23, 2013 at 7:24 p.m.

@36

Rose, Makoto, and Sakura.

#53
ViLLAiN_VeNoM said on August 23, 2013 at 7:24 p.m.

Where is Kim wu

#54
OnegaiShimasu said on August 23, 2013 at 7:25 p.m.

@47 Chief Thunder is now just named Thunder.

#55
HyperGadoken said on August 23, 2013 at 7:32 p.m.

she'll probably have some dumb Double Helix name like Vypra or Widow

#56
fineyoungcanibal said on August 23, 2013 at 7:37 p.m.

Wow the model/art of this character looks really bad. Some sort of mortal kombat reject??? Reserving judgement on her gameplay, but good lord the art design is terrible.

#57
Burningpluto said on August 23, 2013 at 7:43 p.m.

that is an ugly and uninspiring character design.

#58
ShakeTheWorm said on August 23, 2013 at 7:47 p.m.

@53 Makoto is a good exemple, but Sakura (with her gracious panty shots) and Rose are still obeying to some old and overused codes on how to portrait a female. Even if they aren't overly sexualised, they aren't 100% okay.

Perhaps I'm asking too much, but some fresh air would be nice.

#59
TheTHCGamer said on August 23, 2013 at 7:56 p.m.

@55 I'm still calling him Chief.

#60
blzd said on August 23, 2013 at 8 p.m.

Spider woman?

#61
ChauncyTalon said on August 23, 2013 at 8 p.m.

It's not B.Orchid because she don't have the power of the Tiger like her brother, Jago. It isn't Maya because she has clothes covering her.

This has to be Kim Wu due to the red outfit. Kim Wu was a ninja but had an American 80's movie design in KI2. I'm going with Kim Wu or a new character.

#62
RunningWild said on August 23, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.

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#63
RandomSelectMaster said on August 23, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.

Now that I think about it, her name is JAGA!

#64
Wavathar said on August 23, 2013 at 8:08 p.m.

#55

Wait, what? Why?! Chief Thunder was a nice name... well, guess I'll watch all the videos from this week before questioning some more. I hadn't even read the "brand new character in the KI franchise" lol

But thanks.

#65
RandomSelectMaster said on August 23, 2013 at 8:11 p.m.

@61 I agree, I see cobwebs in the background. She is called "SpidaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhHHH"

#66
swordsman09 said on August 23, 2013 at 8:14 p.m.

So still no Cinder...

#67
theshredder39 said on August 23, 2013 at 8:17 p.m.

#2 Look if you like the original designs better that's fine but if all you want is the same thing just find an arcade emulator, there's one called Mame that's pretty good but you gotta learn that when things like this happen companies change character designs as a way to show that the series itself grew with the fans.

#68
Razberryclownsac said on August 23, 2013 at 8:19 p.m.

Don't know that I'll ever have the chance to play this, but it looks interesting. Haven't played KI in a loooooong time, but I hope it gets done right. All that aside, this bitch looks pretty badass

#69
learis1 said on August 23, 2013 at 8:39 p.m.

Character didn't do much for me. Just a boring emotionless expressionless quiet assassin. Meh.

I'd be more hyped to see orchid up in dat hizzle.

#70
AugustAPC said on August 23, 2013 at 8:58 p.m.

#21

There's some small similarity to some Mortal Kombat designs. Hood and mask with a deep, vibrant color, but that's it.

Regardless, that's not really what I mean. Killer Instinct's characters are pretty simple and straightforward in design and usually draw heavy inspiration from certain characters in popular media (not that this is a bad thing, all the characters are still badass). I don't see any certain character that this chick could be taking direct inspiration from.

#70

You've seen all of 10 seconds of her. Have the coherence to at least reserve your judgment until we get an actual trailer.

#71
shinra358 said on August 23, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.

Scarlett mixed with Viola from SCV xD
Pulling a Nigalis arentcha Double Helix?

Looks good though.

#72
ya_boy said on August 23, 2013 at 9:11 p.m.

Almost thought this was Mortal Kombat for a second. I bet if she ever takes off that mask she'll look like someone from NRS designed her.

#73
xRiot said on August 23, 2013 at 9:18 p.m.

Wow finally a true arabic girl (shakes head at Zafina)

Love how she looks like a true muslim woman but has clothing that fits her fighting style, which is also badass with her air fighting and webs.

Also why do people think that's Kim Wu? Wanna know the difference between those two?

Arabic-Korean
Adult-Teen
Webs-Nunchucks
Evil Looking-Non Evil Looking

#74
irc_mocpac said on August 23, 2013 at 9:30 p.m.

Did Kim Wu die at the end of KI2?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euPuaV...

Maybe she's back from the dead.

#75
GenSoHotSpicy said on August 23, 2013 at 9:35 p.m.

@74
And who said she's an Arab kr that she's a Muslim. My wife is Saudi Arabian and she is much darker. Looks more Turkish to me.

#76
Graphf said on August 23, 2013 at 9:46 p.m.

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#77
DangerousBacon said on August 23, 2013 at 10:01 p.m.

#74

Please stop assuming that's Arabic based solely on what she's wearing. That's pretty ignorant. If my sister dressed up in a qi-pao, does that make her Chinese?


Now you're assuming that she's Muslim as well? Dude you need to get out more.

#78
HyperViperNZ said on August 23, 2013 at 10:38 p.m.

@48
You mean Mileena right?

#79
DrDevice said on August 23, 2013 at 10:46 p.m.

@77 then don't click on any articles about it.

#80
Hotdiddykong said on August 23, 2013 at 10:48 p.m.

Looks like someone entirely new

#81
Hotdiddykong said on August 23, 2013 at 10:48 p.m.

Oh and that gameplay style they didnt try must be ariel based

#82
jackpot69 said on August 23, 2013 at 11:01 p.m.

God, this game looks like...well, u know.

#83
shoryuken78 said on August 23, 2013 at 11:15 p.m.

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#84
ZDH513 said on August 23, 2013 at 11:25 p.m.

Lol #84 needs a massive spell check and you might want to look at KI 1 again cause you might just be blind a lot of the original designs are basic but oh wait of you're so entrenched in nostalgia that you must have the originals costumes then buy the ultra edition if you try to respond with but i'm not getting KI or an Xbone then why the hell are you even commenting, just saying.

#85
Lashimar said on August 23, 2013 at 11:43 p.m.

She looks a bit like drow assassin from D&D. They are worship of Spider Goddess.

#86
Dude130 said on August 23, 2013 at 11:56 p.m.

Something tells me whenever the voice says welcome it will be a new character to the series.

#87
kara said on August 24, 2013 at 12:01 a.m.

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#88
musacci said on August 24, 2013 at 12:18 a.m.

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#89
diddysinatra said on August 24, 2013 at 1:15 a.m.

My best guess: It's a CaF - Create a Fighter. That's why you get "accessories" in the different KI bundles, they're for CaF customization. You heard it here first :) It would ease the blow of the woefully small launch roster.

#90
diddysinatra said on August 24, 2013 at 1:19 a.m.

It also explains why we heard that the 8 characters aren't the only ones on the roster (not sure if that was a video interview or article about an interview).

#91
Peyolt666 said on August 24, 2013 at 1:53 a.m.

Yeah good news there will be some fresh blood for this Killer Instinct, not only a stupid reboot with the same characters. You shouldn't live in the past guys......

This is not Kim Woo nor Orchid nor Maya it's a brand new character female Hashashin style. The only sad thing is the color associated with the teleport aerial kick which is too much Mortal Kombatesque

#92
Schwoi said on August 24, 2013 at 2:06 a.m.

I think she looks cool.
pity I won't buy it =/

#93
musacci said on August 24, 2013 at 2:09 a.m.

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#94
Hajiki said on August 24, 2013 at 2:14 a.m.

@4

And everyone would feel better if you would stop posting this same drivel on every KI article.

Idiot.

#95
Kawalorn said on August 24, 2013 at 2:16 a.m.

So I guess she will be mobility/vortex archetype? Similar to Vega/Ibuki? I like her.

#96
Oroku_Saki said on August 24, 2013 at 2:39 a.m.

It's Maya being possessed by Gargos\Tiger God\Spider Boss\Eyedol e.t.c
I quite like the look of this character.

#97
Enryl said on August 24, 2013 at 2:43 a.m.

why everyone keep asking for old character when in this killer instinct everything is new, take glaciaus as example: is a complete new character with new play style and new skin but with the name of another character.

This girl is clearly a ninja and not a copy of scorpion ibuki or else so shut up because this is the play style i want with a ninja, this is the first char that intrigue me and not some fake revival character just to make kids happy.

#98
Falbala said on August 24, 2013 at 3:18 a.m.

This character is f"""ing ugly.

#99
xbonedtbag said on August 24, 2013 at 3:22 a.m.

oh cool, can't wait to see maximillian make 50 videos on this

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