Microsoft will be announcing new 'development partner' for Killer Instinct, comments on franchise future

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • February 6, 2014 at 6:56 a.m. PST

With yesterday's surprising news about Amazon acquiring Killer Instinct developer Double Helix, the future of the Xbox One launch title seemed uncertain at first.

Fairly soon after, our story was updated with Microsoft commenting that they were planning on continuing the franchise. Today, more details have emerged, with Microsoft publicly stating that they will soon be announcing a new development partner for the Killer Instinct franchise.

Hit the jump to find out what they had to say on the matter.

Speaking with Polygon, a spokesperson for Microsoft had the following to say:

We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Double Helix and wish them success in their next endeavor.

We want all of our loyal fans to know that the Killer Instinct team at Microsoft is not changing and that the franchise will remain with Microsoft Studios.

We remain dedicated to delivering a great experience and plan to announce our new development partner soon. We're excited about the future of this popular franchise.

It is as of yet unclear whether these future plans pertain to the continuation of support for the launch title Killer Instinct, the expected Season 2 for said title, or a completely new game all-together. Whatever the case may be, additional details are likely to be announced in the near future.

Thanks to Ett for sending this news tip in.

Source: Polygon, via Joystiq.

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