First of all:
I have to say congratulations on a fantastic Gamescom. News about KI was the main reason I watched it live. Not only did you give us the announcement we’ve been begging for (which was more than I thought we’d get, so a huge surprise), but you also spring a brand new, unexpected character on us, playable that very day. To say it was above and beyond our expectations would be an understatement. Then the next day, we get a Kim Wu teaser?! I don’t even care that S3 is next year. The confirmation brings closure to my life and I can sleep peacefully once again.
I love the look of the dragon nunchuks, they look like a suitably brutal weapon for Ms. Wu. I know you guys will blow us away with her play style, as usual.
My intention with in this thread is to point out what you’re probably already aware of, or at least a subject that you anticipated somebody would broach; and that is the way Rash doesn’t fit KI.
Before somebody points this out, I understand he’s a guest character and that the goofiness was deliberate. My point is, the guest characters of other fighting games seem to match the atmosphere of the game. Dark characters like Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger and Predator are suitably dark for MK and, though out of place, they’re still somewhat at home. A dark but goofy character like Deadpool, for example, would have been great for KI.
KI has always been a good blend of over the top action and a bit of silliness that doesn’t take itself too seriously. But a derpy cartoon character with exaggerated, gigantic cartoony attacks is a huge turn off to me, and I assume I’m not alone. “So don’t play him!” I don’t intend to, nor do I begrudge those who love KI Rash, but that’s not the problem. I’ll get to that in a moment.
Don’t worry, I’m fully aware that Rash isn’t going anywhere. He’s in the game for good. I’m actually fine with that because I know there are tons of people who are really excited to play with him and I think it’s really cool that you guys were willing to deliver such a fan service out of sheer generosity and appreciation for the community.
The problem is: some of us would like to enjoy the beautifully rendered Killer Instinct characters who all fit fantastically into the Killer Instinct world you’ve made - without that experience being sullied by forcing my wickedcool character to fight a derpy cartoon character which makes no sense in the context of the game.
My solution to this: Get rid of Rash? No. Keep Rash out of tournaments? No. All I ask is that you give players the option to Lock Out guest characters in Exhibition and Ranked modes, that is, we click a checkbox by Rash’s pic to grey it out and if we’re paired with somebody who chooses Rash, they get a warning that we’ve locked him out and if they insist on picking him anyway, the game will put us both back into search mode.
Or perhaps if they choose Rash, we get the option to go back to search mode and avoid the eyesore of a fight.
I don’t want this to be applicable to legitimate KI characters… Only the illegitimate (guest) characters. And only in those two game modes.
I’m just asking for the option to play the unsullied, purist Killer Instinct, free from dopey cartoon characters that don’t belong and, for some of us, mar the experience of playing KI.
I ask that this thread not become a ragefest for or against my suggestion. Please keep it civil. Yes, I’m aware that this idea will probably be laughed at by the developers. It is, nevertheless, how I feel.
I can’t thank you guys enough for the hard work you’ve put in to making this game the amazing experience that it is; as well as your generosity to us fans. We’re a hard lot to please but you guys have done phenomenal work.
Thanks for reading.
Come what may, KI for life.