Killer Instinct Reintroduces Ultimates and Launches The 2017 KI Ultra Tour

Killer Instinct Reintroduces Ultimates and Launches The 2017 KI Ultra Tour

A classic mechanic and a new character highlight the beginning of KI's eSports season.

Under the continued stewardship of Iron Galaxy, Killer Instinct is heading into its third season. This means new characters and the start of the game's competitive tournament season. As a surprise, Iron Galaxy has released a brief teaser video showing the return of the Ultimate finishing moves from the first game. There's no details on when Ultimates will be fully-added to the game. The trailers show Jago using a Dragon Ball Z Spirit Bomb-style attack against the first Season 4 character, Kilgore.

"Before Fulgore and the Mark 03 units were introduced to the world, Ultratech created a line of failed cyborgs during the secret CCIX Program. These hulking battle machines bore twin overpowered chain guns that tended to overheat, making them unstable and unfit for service," says Killer Instinct community manager Rukari Austin on the game's official website.

"But one cyborg—nicknamed Kilgore—became self-aware, and started rewriting his own software to account for this deficiency in his hardware. Saved from the scrapheap, this special unit has been brought out of retirement by Aria to enforce her will…and Kilgore obeys."

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Kilgore is the first Season 4 character, but its release is standalone. The character costs $10, because like Shadow Jago before him, Kilgore is a community fund character for the 2017 KI Ultra Tour. 50 percent of all Kilgore purchases go to fund tournaments and prize pools. The Ultra Tour will culminate in the KI Cup 2017 on March 10-12, 2017.

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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