Killer Instinct's Newest Fighter Isn't Cinder, She's Returning Character Maya

Developers show off a new character, introduced in Killer Instinct 2, as well as tease some of the upcoming changes and additions for season two of Killer Instinct.

The dagger-wielding, Amazonian princess Maya is returning to Killer Instinct, developers Microsoft and Iron Galaxy announced during their Evolution Championship Series 2014 panel in Las Vegas.

They went on to explain that Maya's fighting style will be a high-risk, high-reward one centered around a pair of daggers--dubbed Temperance and Vengeance--which she can use as projectiles and "juggle off of her opponent's face."

Maya's daggers will level up as she lands consecutive hits, and when they reach max level they will become an unblockable bouncing projectile. Reaching this point will be tricky, however, as Maya can also lose one or both of her daggers if she misses her opponent--thus resetting the dagger's level. Maya's punch buttons are tied to different dagger commands, and when she loses a dagger the corresponding punch button becomes the equivalent kick button instead.

Maya's announcement flies in the face of rumors that Cinder would be the next addition to Killer Instinct's roster after a brief teaser was shown at the end of TJ Combo's announcement trailer.

New character announcements aside, Microsoft and Iron Galaxy also teased several new changes coming in season two of Killer Instinct. Among those are updates to the game's jailing system, such as improved stat tracking and a system that only penalizes the disconnecting player, as well as air counter breakers to further enhance the game's combo system.

Killer Instinct was released exclusively for the Xbox One last year, and recently underwent a developer swap from Double Helix to Iron Galaxy, the details of which you can read about in our recent TJ Combo feature.

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orthomaniac777
orthomaniac777

Well I like the new look of Maya. However I'm disappointed that they didn't show a trailer for her.

imajinn
imajinn

They are gonna save Cinder & Riptor for last

DemoKnight10656
DemoKnight10656

im is disappointed u said your going to release cinder you release tj max with a cinder tease then you go and say maya is the next character are you joking but that's none of my business

Mandrew257
Mandrew257

I'm gonna hold out on this game, and wait until they announce all the characters. Hopefully, they'll release the full retail game.

Bowser05
Bowser05

I actually like the new design for Maya better than the original...I'm impressed. I like the sound of her character. I can't wait until Season 2 starts to roll out.

nintendians
nintendians

she look too modernize, but kind of like that look.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

Amazons are Greek so why the jungle motif also why doesn't she look like an Amazon really Amazons were women warriors not assassins who used Daggers. Incan and Amazon are two different things So if she is an Amazon in this game then MS and Iron Galaxy need to do some of their homework.

TheArcade
TheArcade

She's way too skinny. I thought Amazons were supposed to be thick and attractive. Not skinny and gaunt. They should really tone her up and I liked her classic costume better.

lubbalots
lubbalots

lets see what complainers have to say.

gajbutler
gajbutler

They need to release a boxed version.

angelofbeast198
angelofbeast198

this is what happen.you know when some game show something them every one start taking guess and making stupids youtube videos talking about what they think is next so they just desided to bring her instead because at the end of the trailer is like fire they show and she does not trow fire and combo say is that the best you got utra tech or something like that them the fire flame burst happen so it was some with fire spell 

Scynt
Scynt

Eww, why is she so damn scrawny?  She's supposed to be an Amazon.  Nice and muscular.  Plus, she has like, no ass.  Do not like.

rasterror
rasterror

Sweet! And now she looks great. She looked oddly proportioned in KI 2. I'm excited about season 2.

Mindwipe77
Mindwipe77

one of the only games for xbox 1 that makes me want to go out and buy one right now..but gonna need a few more titles to get me to spend 500

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Double Helix, at its finest. 

rarson
rarson

"Developers show off a new character"

No, developers show off an old character.

I've always hated the fact that they removed Cinder from both KI2 and KI Gold. That's one of the reasons I still play the SNES and arcade Killer Instincts. Never cared for Maya, or any of the new characters, that much.

Pewbert
Pewbert

Creative genius. "The Mayans lived in a jungle - let's call her Maya, from the jungle."

Derp.

ziggy-mandias
ziggy-mandias

Killer Instinct was awful! no wonder it was a Free to play game (with one character)

KingJames304
KingJames304

That's awful! She doesn't even look like a jungle girl anymore!!!

Valcrist08
Valcrist08

I have a hard time getting excited for this.  I love the new look  of maya but KI in general was a disappointment to me.  The F2P platform has made this game feel empty and heavy lack of content.  DH in all honesty did a good job with the character models and the core gameplay but everything els felt rushed and poorly designed, the arcade mode was stupid, tons of bugs, terrible level system and a awful grind heavy unlock system for the limited amount of unlocks already, pretty much no modes at all either.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

@Mandrew257 They will instead of feeding people a few characters at a time.


full version with all characters and BS for $39.99.

imajinn
imajinn

@Bowser05 She looked like Janet Jackson in KI2. Love this new look

Bowser05
Bowser05

@TheArcade While she's not thick, she's certainly attractive. Attractiveness is a subjective thing...and everybody will NEVER agree on what is and isn't attractive.

ronan32
ronan32

@TheArcade Amazons were skinny and tall actually. i don't know where you got the thick from

ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

@TheArcade This day in age everything is about sex.

Zorlac
Zorlac

@Scynt I guess you think every woman from a general area of the world looks exactly alike?

ronan32
ronan32

@Scynt it's a video game character that looks like the original character. keep your racist ideology out of it you passive racist

rasterror
rasterror

$400 now and there are plenty of great titles now and to come shortly.

darkteddi
darkteddi

@Drkr_Zen Iron Galaxy, Double Helix was bought by Amazon and their job was done with Season 1.

rasterror
rasterror

What do jungle girls look like?

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

@chev0948 Don't hold yer breath, on that one. Especially considering after MS bought Rare, all they did was ruin Perfect Dark, ruin BanjoKazooie and then move onto develop just Kinect Sports games. 


Poor bastards.

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

@Valcrist08  She will probably have her KI2 look as an alternate costume. The characters available now have them now.

cris178
cris178

@Valcrist08  The F2p model has nothing to do with the content on the game. DH did what they could with their time with the game. You can't build an MK or Injustice in a year. Not even the original games had plenty of content. If you followed the news on the panel Iron Galaxy did you would realize the are working on adding a lot of content and fixing bugs including the jail system.

Scynt
Scynt

@Zorlac @Scynt Both characters were originally created as stereotypical charicatures of Amazonian woman.

Mindwipe77
Mindwipe77

@rasterror well if or when i ever decide to get a xbox 1 it'll be the 500 bundle with the kinect. I want the FULL experience. Unless they sell the kinect separately for 50 bucks or less

ziggy-mandias
ziggy-mandias

@isane-bishop what makes me a hater for voicing my opinion. I loved Killer Instinct back in the day. Even Killer Instinct 2 (or gold depending what you played it on)... This "remake" plays nothing like the original. I understand that games need to re-invent themselves but come on it this incarnation does not have the same feel like the first one. .... For starters Microsoft should have gave it to RARE to make seeing as RARE were the ones that made it in the first place!

rasterror
rasterror

It's worth it. I got a Day One edition on day one and feel it's worth every penny. The games have been really great, the services and features are awesome, and the Kinect has allowed me to play, chat, command, and Skype with my family and friends while watching a movie or playing a game, which my mom hates.

rasterror
rasterror

That was disgusting. Looks like a pervert came up with that character design.

rasterror
rasterror

She looked like a Kardashian on steroids and growth hormones.