Killer Instinct will send disconnecting players to jail

Disconnect from too many games of Xbox One fighter Killer Instinct, and you'll be forced to play with other rage-quitters.

Free-to-play Xbox One fighter Killer Instinct will soon receive an update to punish disconnecting players, sending them into a matchmaking jail.

Here's how it works: After their first 10 matches, a ranked match player will be shipped off to "jail" if they notch up a 15 percent or higher disconnection ratio. When in jail, players can only fight against other jailed players, with first offenders forced to slug it out with the other naughty fighters for 24 hours.

The length of punishment will be increased by 24 hours every time a player is sent to the Killer Instinct jail, with a cap of five days. After serving time, players are released back among the normal players--but will be sent to jail again if they disconnect a match while their percentage is still higher than 15 percent.

Any match that ends with a player being jailed will count as an automatic loss for the disconnecting player, Double Helix adds.

The update is yet to be formally dated, but developer Double Helix Games says it is coming soon. The patch will also include a new character, Spinal, alongside other general updates and fixes.

For more information, check out the developer's update notes.

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453 comments
so_hai
so_hai

No parole system? How draconian...

RoyaleWthCheese
RoyaleWthCheese

What a great concept. Racist haters that pretend they’ve looked down a barrel of a real gun should be put into a similar category across any MOBA/MMO/ or online shooter. Reducing the loss in player self-respect is the way to go for any gaming community.

DbzJohno
DbzJohno

This patch is buggy and needs to be fixed. I played last night and someone raged quit on me and I was sent to jail.

Jeremy Karwoski
Jeremy Karwoski

Virtual fighter is good but they haven't come out with anything. virtua fighter has different mechanics though

ENGDragon83
ENGDragon83

Sucks yeah I know. I used to be good but now they don't have the faintest idea what they are doing with the franchise.

ENGDragon83
ENGDragon83

Yeah Virtua Fighter wants a word with you....

ENGDragon83
ENGDragon83

Why do people feel the need to do this crap all the time? No gives a toss about "this game is better than that game" arguments. Enjoy what you play end of

EdmundKain4682
EdmundKain4682

I remember playing this game back in 1995, was one of my favs along with Primal Rage.  

hardeman
hardeman

interesting, not only will it stop cry baby rage quitters, but it will deter others with weak connections

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

A fate worse than death? Or rather, banning?

Lloyd Robinson
Lloyd Robinson

That's not true Shane..You must not own the game or have an xbox one as the game froze on me last night and when i restarted the game i was in jail. It's a known fact that the new patch is flawed and the supposedly dedicated servers are utter garbage. This is the topic in most forums at the moment.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

ULTRA PUNISHMENT!!!! About time I say, rage quitters had to go ruin our fun.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Hmm, so watchout for your Killer QUITER Instinct! :-P

Biggie Biggz
Biggie Biggz

Is this game any good? I heard the Xbox may drop to $400. I might pick one up if it does. The only interesting game for me is KI and some new old favorites like HALO and GEARS. Waiting to see some old characters I liked first tho. TJ Combo Tusk and Fulgore. Is there eventually going to be a single player story? Because MK and Injustice changed the fighting game scene at least for me.

ghostXzero
ghostXzero

 waiting for "komplete edition" for PC

Neil Matthews
Neil Matthews

NERD rage ! Old but funny! (Not funny in game of course, that really sucks when people leave)

Sean Roaix
Sean Roaix

not banned, but forced to play with other people who quit during matches

Henninger
Henninger

Ok so what if your power goes out? I've had that happen before. I'm in the middle of a match & I had a brown out. Pwr went off just long enough for everything to go off & come back on. The guy sent me a message talking shit thinking I quit on him. I wasn't even losing!!! So yea they gotta monitor that closely somehow.

fitbro_lees
fitbro_lees

right im confused I played 20 games last night had to people quit on my yet I wake up today in jail wtf is going on here 

jark888
jark888

Great punishment for loser players. This sort of punishment should apply to all games that calculate online ranking such as racing games. By the way, will losing connection count as disconnecting? And how to decide that?

Mark Shimmen
Mark Shimmen

when is the single player and story parts out for this game. or are they not doing that ?

Ben Clarke
Ben Clarke

Sounds gd hate it when that happens nwver rage quite that game if u can take lose wit a win then think u should...

Marcus Tavárez
Marcus Tavárez

sounds like a good plan as long as they can distinguish between those with bad connections / legitimate disconnect vs those that just unplug the console

Jeremy Karwoski
Jeremy Karwoski

DOA has the best fight mechanics in the whole industry

B Jay Jo C
B Jay Jo C

No offense but Tekken has no connection with KI. Both of them are good fighting game in their own rights but it's useless to compare two completely different fighting games.

Logan Reilly
Logan Reilly

If Facebook had a 'Dislike' button, I'd definitely press it on you comment!

Richard Randall
Richard Randall

Ok Streets of fury is way better then this 4 animation move game!

LordCrisp
LordCrisp

@ghostXzero  Hah... good luck, you're gonna wait a LOOOOOONG time, if it will ever come at all

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Henninger I had the power go out on me two nights ago. luckily I wasn't playing a game, but it still sucked. And a few months back I had the power go out while in the middle of playing GTAV. It didn't really set me back much but it still can't be good for your console. And thank god I have a 3DS to help make it not suck worse.

megaelliott
megaelliott

@Henninger  A power cut every now and then won't be enough to disconnect the 15% of games to go to matchmaking jail, and if it is, then you've got serious power problems and probably shouldn't play online

Vampyre_Ghost
Vampyre_Ghost

@fitbro_lees It is a broken system  it charges both players with a disconnect, even if one player quits first.  And going to jail only reads disconnects. 

LordCrisp
LordCrisp

@jark888  Yes it will... but if you have a connection that "allows" you to disconnect more than 15% you should really talk to your internet supplier

LordCrisp
LordCrisp

In match together with Fulgore.

I really understand that people are complaining about singleplayer content, but I will also say, that I'm amazed that I'm not nearly tired of it, even though I'm mostly a singleplayer fighter player,


This game is AMAZING