Xbox One's Digital-Only Killer Instinct Finally Comes to Retail, Includes TJ Combo

Microsoft announces the Combo Breaker Pack, which consists of all eight characters from Season 1, plus one from Season 2.

If you've held out on picking up the new Killer Instinct for Xbox One because you wanted to own a physical disc, you're in luck. Microsoft has announced the Killer Instinct: Combo Breaker Pack, a physical release of the fighting game coming in September.

Killer Instinct was initially released as a digital-only game alongside the Xbox One last November. Players could download a free version that allowed access to a single fighter, or buy the full game to receive the six fighters available at launch and two more that were subsequently released as DLC.

The Combo Breaker Pack consists of the eight fighters from Season 1, as well as one of the characters, TJ Combo, coming as part of the Season 2 expansion. The package will be launched at retail for $20--the same price as the digital version of Season 1--on September 23 with the unseemly box art to the right.

Microsoft confirmed with GameSpot that the Combo Breaker Pack includes a physical disc, and not a download code. TJ Combo, on the other hand, will only be available as a download using a code included with the game.

Season 2 is in the works at Iron Galaxy Studios, which took over development duties after the game's original developer, Double Helix, was acquired by Amazon earlier this year. It's expected out "later this year" and so far only has one confirmed character besides TJ Combo: Maya, another returning character from earlier in the series.

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BlondOverBlue
BlondOverBlue

The problem is Microsoft, despite years of clamoring for a new KI, held off until last minute and used KI as a "lure" to get people to buy an XBox One. The other problem is Double Helix had to rush to get the game to market, even as a digital download.


It shows too. The game lacks polish and refinement in terms of graphics (especially the menu screens) and animations. Sure, particle and weather effects look nice, but the characters move too stiffly, unlike previous gen games like Injustice. 


The fighting mechanics are solid though which is highly important and quite a lot of care was put into this. Double Helix "got it" when it came to mechanics. I was looking forward to their post season 1 work.


Iron Galaxy seems to understand what they are up against and what's at stake. TJ Combo and Maya look great and from what we know, will play as well as they look. I hope they revamp the over all menu GUI, make character animations more natural-looking, and continue deliver the great experience Double Helix gave.


The future roster is simple: TJ Combo, Maya, Tusk, Kim Wu, Aria, Cinder, Riptor, and a new character.


16 characters is more than plenty. Fighting games suffer from "roster bloat" as it is. Despite that, there will always be cries of, "OMG, I need 1,000,000 characters to pick from when I only use two or three religiously!"


I enjoy KI as it stands despite some flaws. Here's hoping KI can attain a status that MK and SF currently enjoy.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Did they intentionally go for a bad 90s look on the cover?

anitasockmywang
anitasockmywang

Why can't they just release a complete game?  The pricing model for this game seems to be such a failure.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

So 9 fighters for $20?  I guess you have to wait for the full game to come out.

nintendians
nintendians

i won't get it, unless m$ including everything that's ki.

gajbutler
gajbutler

WOOO Finally! 


Love this game so will defo pick this up as I prefer having something physical with console games. In 20 years I still want to be able to play my games, I bet digital purchases wont be available to download at that point. 

Granaud
Granaud

I liked this thing of build your game on dlcs that you like. The game is cheaper and u create your own characters library. Sometimes we pay 60 bucks on a fighting game w/ like 50 characters and we actualy use like 3 of them... 

GlaciusXL
GlaciusXL

Glad to see a disc version. Combo Breaker pack wasn't the whole package though. Ultra Pack was. It was $40. So this probably doesn't include the Retro Costumes or KI1. Cool nonetheless. And I've had more fun and played more hours of this $20-$40 "unfinished" game with "only 8 characters" than I have with the 3 other $60 "complete" X1 games I owe with it's 500 cars, 1000 guns, and 80,000,000 zombies. Cool games, but the element that keeps you coming back to a fighting game isn't the character count or length of the "campaign". Hey, whatever you like to play. KI was never a game for everybody. It was fairly polarizing actually.

jerjef
jerjef

This is good news for those that have Xbox One's but no internet connection.

pork7
pork7

It's still not a complete game.....FAIL

snk0610
snk0610

Killer Instinct should have at least 20 characters.


9 characters is a very small roster.

billynintendo
billynintendo

As hyped as I am for this game going to retail, having only 9 characters is disappointing. Considering they'll release alot more over time, waiting 2-3 years to get the full thing is kind of weak. Theres going to be so many different retail versions like a Capcom nightmare.  I don't want to have to buy different versions to get certain fighters. This is basically starting to become DLC piecemeal sold before the Full game, and im not digging the idea. 


Not a real hater, I'd get this long before a PS4, especially with all the quality Microsoft exclusives available, but this isn't going to make me jump. Wish they waited longer and released a full one with at least 15 or maybe 20, especially if there going to have alot of characters...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Problem is the game wasn't very good.

kuu2
kuu2

Games is awesome!  Glad to see those that were scared of a DD can now by the game.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I am so getting this game. Killer Instinct is one of my over the top favorite fighting games. I was holding out for physical Disc release. Xbox one is now a must have for me. Killer Instinct and Halo Master Chief collection. In addition to the pending arrival of Halo 5 and Gears of War 5.

I still have Killer Instinct for the Super Nintendo and Killer Instinct Gold for the N64. So Glad that there is a disc version of Killer Instinct 2013

TheArcade
TheArcade

Finally! Now I can buy it.


Let this be a lesson kids. When an older relatively popular fighting game franchise gets a new release after more than a decade of hibernation anything but a retail copy is completely insane. Now we get to play KI the way it's meant to be played via disc.

PhoenixRush
PhoenixRush

I doubt this game is very good considering the people behind Battleship the game based on the movie did this game. Also way to make Capcom's DLC milking look appealing in comparison.

svaubel
svaubel

Wow so they still cant release a complete game.

vader501st
vader501st

Would be nice if the disc drive of the damn thing worked for a change.

kane6911
kane6911

i will stick with digital, it's a better deal

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

My SSB game will crush Killer Instinct. But anyway, TJ Combo was my man back in the Killer Instinct Arcade in the 90s, he was Ultraaa Cooombo.

blackace
blackace

I wonder if it comes with the original KI and all the bonus gear, weapons and other unlockables? That was an extra $20. Eventually there will be an Ultra KI Edition that includes everything in Season 1 &  2, but all the bonus DLC for $29.99. Wait and see.

R2C25
R2C25

@pork7 Your sentence is not complete. Fail.

R2C25
R2C25

@billynintendo There are no fighting game out there with more varied fighters and balanced. It takes time to build it like they want it and we fans love it.

Monsterkillah
Monsterkillah

Same here im waiting until the complete list came up

Rather get Mortal Kombat X first

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Another jealous Sony fanboy who can't play a premium Xbox game.

Why else are you in this thread?

verk81
verk81

you're crazy guy.

imajinn
imajinn

@Thanatos2k According to you. Its the one of the biggest fighters played currently.

verk81
verk81

leave the fighter game conversations to the adults.

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

@PhoenixRush  Where the hell have you been? Where you born yesterday? What the hell are you even talking about?

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

@chev0948  Yes, you have been under the wrong impression all this time. You need a more reliable source.

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

@svaubel  The game is not complete yet. That's why you only get one season plus one extra character.

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

@spartanx169x  It's free to play if you only want one character (Jago). If you want all 8 you have to pay $20

jerjef
jerjef

@gajbutler @jerjef I don't know, there seemed to be a whole HEAP of them when the Xbox One was first announced at E3 2013.  

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@imajinn @Thanatos2k COD is one of the biggest shooters played And yet those games aren't very good either.


Guess game quality has nothing to do with it!