Chief Thunder likely to be revealed for Killer Instinct at GamesCom, game will feature a 'very in-depth' practice mode

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • July 22, 2013 at 1:12 p.m. PDT
Chief Thunder likely to be revealed for Killer Instinct at GamesCom, game will feature a 'very in-depth' practice mode Microsoft Studios Ken Lobb was on hand to demo the new Killer Instinct at San Diego Comic-Con, and he said that they plan on revealing their next character at GamesCom and PAX, which will likely be Chief Thunder, who was teased earlier.

These events are scheduled for August 21-25 and August 30-Sept. 2, 2013 respectively, and Lobb noted that they'll also be teasing another character at that time.

This is a roster release strategy which will continue up until launch, with the next major reveal happening at the Tokyo Game Show, where another person will also be teased. TGS runs from Sept. 19-22, 2013.

Heading into the gameplay aspects, Lobb said they purposefully tried to make Glacius a zoning fighter, as when he throws the opponent, he puts them on the other side of the screen. He also said that Sabrewulf is meant to be a beginner's character, and that the new KI will have a very in-depth practice mode.

Also, an exact pricing structure will be revealed as GamesCom for Killer Instinct on the Xbox One, as it's something they haven't fully covered at this time. To watch the stage demo from SDCC, hit the jump.

Tip from N0_0NE_SPECIAL, video by GameSpot.


shamfin said on July 22, 2013 at 1:20 p.m.

Man this would all be very interesting if this was coming for PS4 and PC as well.

Yoshimitsu said on July 22, 2013 at 1:20 p.m.

I want to see all the characters! I wonder who'll be after Chief Thunder. More than likely will be teased at the end of his trailer.

skyline0216 said on July 22, 2013 at 1:21 p.m.

@1 yep, hard to get excited over a exclusive system fighting game....especially the xboxone

Eldriken said on July 22, 2013 at 1:29 p.m.

While I plan on getting an Xbox One and a PS4, I still wish this game was going to be on PC and PS4 as well.

God damn it, Microsoft.

RebornOdin said on July 22, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

The fact that this game is single-console exclusive alone means that the game isn't going to have a very large scene in the FGC. It doesn't matter if Killer Instinct was only being released on PS4 or Xbox One or PC. You're excluding a huge chunk of potential players. This has nothing to do with the consoles themselves.

PteraBite said on July 22, 2013 at 1:31 p.m.

Can't wait for the Cinder teaser. ;)

Kurow said on July 22, 2013 at 1:40 p.m.

I want Orchid KI1 the one with the laser blades that look asian not the one from KI2 that use tonfas, Fulgore and then Cinder. In that order please

JesseRobles said on July 22, 2013 at 1:42 p.m.


failfighter said on July 22, 2013 at 1:42 p.m.

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HooliganComboFTW said on July 22, 2013 at 1:44 p.m.

Just want them to show whatever additional content this game will have so I can analyze it accordingly if its a worthy fighter. Like what I'm seeing so far in terms of quality, but if the game is bare boned in content like Skullgirls then this can be problems.

chaoslimits said on July 22, 2013 at 1:48 p.m.

After what they did to Glacius, I'm scared to see what Chief Thunder looks like.

VladDracul said on July 22, 2013 at 1:51 p.m.

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GodPride said on July 22, 2013 at 1:58 p.m.

At this rate, Chief Thunder may end up being a grappler.

MugenLord said on July 22, 2013 at 2:01 p.m.

Its not like they have a choice in the matter of its exclusiveness. Microsoft owned Rare for years now and nothing can be done about it. I am just glad that the game has finally been revive no matter what form it has to be executed in.

Eldriken said on July 22, 2013 at 2:09 p.m.

I'm really not too concerned with how they're designing the characters so far. I rather enjoy Glacius' new look. It's quite interesting.

I just hope they don't somehow manage to screw up my beloved Orchid.

Xul said on July 22, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.

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Loryuo said on July 22, 2013 at 2:28 p.m.

I wish people would just stop saying, "If only this came out for PS4 and PC as well/instead. It's an exclusive. That's what exclusives do. No need to keep repeating things that don't even make sense in the context of it's exclusivity.

xShonuffx said on July 22, 2013 at 2:35 p.m.

I'm going to chime in here and remind some folks that exclusive or not, its not about the competitive scene. Sorry but it isn't.

While the competitive scene is included in their design and marketing strategies it is not the sole focus or goal. The focus is making a really fun game that everybody is going to want to buy and play, period. Exclusives may not have a strong scene in the FGC but it doesn't mean its any less popular or financially successful.

At the end of the day its about the money, if it doesn't make dollars it doesn't make sense. Remember that its an exclusive for licensing reasons only, no one is hating on the PS4 or Wii U on purpose.

Tensa said on July 22, 2013 at 2:46 p.m.

lol this is one of the lamest characters ever imo but still I wish they would put this on 360 or PC man I don't want no xbox tv

RonaldRogan said on July 22, 2013 at 2:47 p.m.

How are ppl complaining about Glacius' design? Sure it's a little different, but it's not "bad". His moves look great, who cares if he's a little more alien?

The original was a frozen Spawn. Let's be honest.

LordProsper said on July 22, 2013 at 2:52 p.m.

It's like everyone forgets Microsoft owns Killer Instinct. PS4 release is never happening, ever.

PC is a pipe dream but still technically possible, since all these demos are running on Windows 7 anyway.

daisetsu said on July 22, 2013 at 2:54 p.m.

you cant get more stereotype than this Cheif "PEE-NIS!" Thunder

GodPride said on July 22, 2013 at 3:04 p.m.


I like spawn's design. I thought KI1 Glacius looked pretty cool.

bunny said on July 22, 2013 at 3:08 p.m.

wanted to skip this article but nostalgia keeps luring me back .... still nice to see a series get revived double helix should do clayfighters next

Erichful said on July 22, 2013 at 3:12 p.m.

SPINAL s gonna b awesome

HooliganComboFTW said on July 22, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.


If only Smash Bros came out on the PS4. No problems right? lol

JdotSweapA said on July 22, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.

Chief Thunder's such a beast!

Hackstermatrix said on July 22, 2013 at 3:51 p.m.

PS has PSAS, if any fanboys should be upset, it's PC fanboys.

SgtKonus said on July 22, 2013 at 3:59 p.m.


So true. We FGC guys overrate our importance frequently. We're not a huge Competitive Gaming scene and we don't make up a majority of sales for fighting games. +4 Million Copies of SF4 were sold and only 2,000 people are go to EVO.

HASJ said on July 22, 2013 at 4 p.m.

Never cared for Chief Thunder besides his PIMP projectile, the mohawk uppercut: "Oh! Louise!" and the sound of his' Spinning Machete move.

If Smash were to come in PS3 or any other platform (-Xbone), it'd be day one buy for me! So would KI3.
PS has nothing.

JMJ_X said on July 22, 2013 at 4:35 p.m.

One thing I don't understand about most people is why can't xbox get there own exclusive? Most people complain the xbox don't get exclusives but seriously...JUST GET YOUR HEAD OUT UR ASSSS AND ACCEPT THIS.... Posting on here saying oh I wish this is was for the PlayStation and PC is not going to make people feel srry for you. Just stop. What is stopping people from buying the xbox one and purchasing this game in the first place? If it look so good and your very interested it... What's stopping u from getting an xbox. If its money then get a job "simple". If it's this drm policy's and all that bull than.. well i got news for people.. they cleared that up already. If your salty and still upset about xbox shenanigans then stop being stubborn little S#it and accept it. Whether if your xbox fan or not and you love this game than by all means pick it up no one is stopping you.....

AttractGroove said on July 22, 2013 at 4:53 p.m.

I'd have to disagree with you (32). Exclusive or not at least porting the game to the 360 would increase the base for this game considerably and probably would lead to a lot more sales. People will buy the Xbox One, but not many FGC cats. The game might look marginally better than a 360 game but it doesn't mean they could drop some shadows and crazy stuff for a still really great looking game.

I get the point of the exclusivity, most people are just kinda think the system is a money tank of sorrow for customers. I already hate my 360 now and the whole adbox interface. It's lame and I've lately been using my Wii U for it's interface alone and unique features. Fighting games will live on for the 360 and PS3 for a couple years at least.

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JMJ_X said on July 22, 2013 at 5:02 p.m.

@ (33)I respect that bro but and it's a good reason But not a lot of people think like u so im assuming that's really not the reason why people wont buy this game. I think it's anger and bitterness and it comes along of being stubborn about it of the the whole xbox thing. Sometimes I wish people grow-up if you know what im talking about. All in all it comes to personal opinion.

JMJ_X said on July 22, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.

lol pc fighters always gets there fighters late so u might see KI come out for it later

TheTHCGamer said on July 22, 2013 at 6:46 p.m.

@15 Exactly. What part about exclusive do you guys not get? It's not coming to PS3 unfortunately and nothing's been announced about a PC release.

VulcanHades said on July 22, 2013 at 8:50 p.m.

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Focusflute said on July 22, 2013 at 10:41 p.m.


Galletano said on July 23, 2013 at 12:14 a.m.

I hope all the characters and at least one new character to be in the game. I'm exited to see the changes in all the cast.

Sasuga said on July 23, 2013 at 2:16 a.m.

I hope they put enough characters in the game at launch. Looks like the roster wil not even be near to what we are used to from fighting games these days.

And for the love of god MS, release this game on PC and allow cross platform matchmaking.

JMJ_X said on July 23, 2013 at 6:35 a.m.

@ 39 dude you have no valid evidence or any clue on how the online is going to be so stop horsing around

JMJ_X said on July 23, 2013 at 6:39 a.m.

The roster wont be full by launch this is why it's a digital download... we will get more as the game progresses obviously. We might see 6-8 characters on launch.. Which is not bad.. There's a total of 16 characters in KI and they said there added new characters so.... excited for that

dc4lsvtec said on July 23, 2013 at 7:35 a.m.

There's nothing wrong with wanting an exclusive to be on X console. We all understand Microsoft owns rare hence the exclusive. I agree with the guy that said porting it to the 360 system though. I'm glad this is coming out so early because I'm not getting a new ps4/xb1 until they come out with a slim version and work out the bugs. Hopefully I'll lose interest in this game by that time.

RonaldRogan said on July 23, 2013 at 7:44 a.m.

Exclusives are cool for 1-Player/Action/Adventure games. For very multiplayer heavy and tournament games... cross platform support is huge.

Racing games being cross platform is nice too... but they've been console exclusive since their inception.

NoizyChild said on July 23, 2013 at 10:19 a.m.


None of that stopped Tekken from having a scene, and it was PS exclusive for YEARS.

BarbaraMoon5 said on July 23, 2013 at 11:41 a.m.

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Lordd_G said on July 23, 2013 at 3:22 p.m.


ManRightChea said on July 25, 2013 at 4:54 a.m.

@45 Exclusivity really has little to nothing to do with it. A title can be plenty successful being fully exclusive, just look at Halo for instance.

Truth is, I think people are REALLY underestimating the attach rate the Xbox One will have. Not only did they show great games at E3, but MS has some great innovations in store, things you can't but in a box. Dedicated servers, cloud computing, built in HDPVR, unique Kinect 2 experiences, cross platform play etc. Not only this but XBL is a huge draw and will be the deciding factor for many people. Lagless full dedicated etc.

Not only that but it is essentially a seamless integrated device. People may think KI is doomed because they assume the X1 will fail, but you have to keep in mind that Rare is owned and operated by on of the wealthiest companies in the world. MS can fund anything they want.

Not only that but since MS pretty much reversed all of the things most people were concerned with, and is just as sold out as the PS4 nationally, don't underestimate just how many people will be picking it up day one. It is bringing alot more to the table than just better graphics, which is pretty much all the PS4 is doing new.

KI will be fine and I for one will be playing it first hand with the TE2 to boot if I can pay it down before launch.


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