I dunno man, I tend to think they’re done with this game. I mean yeah, I’m sure game breaking fixes get looked at and patched still, and we’ve heard about stuff like that not too long ago, but things like Kilgore concept art, additional characters or color packs? I’d be completely shocked if they add anything new to this game.
Same goes for who would develop new content for the game. If they’re not developing anything else for the game, it stands to reason that they wouldn’t be contracting with anyone.
I agree that a “we’re here, stuff’s happening” message would be great, but if there’s no stuff happening, then they wouldn’t really have anything to share. If I’m not mistaken, Eagle came out in what, June, 2017? Have they ever gone a year and a half without giving us any kind of indication that new stuff is coming since this game first launched? I can’t recall, but I don’t believe so. I think that’s probably all the indication we’ll ever get that this game is done (beyond Keits saying on Twitter a long while back that he stopped working on KI and the game is complete, or whatever he said).
At this point, I think the best we can hope for is a Q&A that’s more of a “looking back” kind of deal, where the devs talk about stuff they liked about the game, the day to day workings during the short content cycle, maybe stuff they wish they could’ve included in the game or stuff they would’ve changed, their favorite characters, etc.
I mean, we got something relatively close to that when they had Ken and James on This Week in Xbox or whatever, the Mixer twitch stream several months ago. It wasn’t a long segment, but the reminisced about KI a little and played some matches. I really enjoyed that.
As for what the future of KI holds, I’m starting to think that KI is headed back to the vault for a while. They have all these new studios working on who knows what, but presumably they’re all focused on Scarlet and it wouldn’t be a huge stretch to assume they’ll be working within the genres they know best and making the games they want to make. I can’t imagine MS buying Obsidian, for example, and saying “you guys are great at these Pillars of Eternity type of games, but we would like for you to make a new Killer Instinct game.”
Of course, if rumors are true, then the Horizon team is making the next fable, so it’s not like it’s completely out of the realm of possibility, but even then, I think this generation, and this game, is largely complete aside form the currently announced games. Maybe they announce a new game in the Motorsport line of Forza games for XB1 at E3, but otherwise, I’m guessing that the next Gears game will be their big holiday 2019 game and we’ll have other stuff like Ori 2, Below, Ashen etc to also help bridge the gap to next gen.
If we hear about a new KI game, or really anything with regards to KI’s future, my assumption is that it’ll either be at E3 2019 (assuming that’s where they’ll unveil Scarlet and reveal some titles for it), X019 (which I really doubt given that they barely announced anything in the way of new games at X018) or E3 2020 when Scarlet’s hype train really gets going.
Again, it’s all guess work so I don’t mean to be unduly negative here. I obviously want a sequel to this amazing experience and I really hope @TempusChaoti can help work his magic to make it happen the way he did with this KI game. Really, out of all of MS’ awesome exclusive IPs dating all the way back to the OG Xbox, 2013’s Killer Instinct is the best Xbox game I’ve ever played, and one that I’ve certainly had the most fun with. So it’s easily at the top of my list with regards to game sequels I’d want. Scarlet would be a day one purchase for me if they announced a sequel, no question. Hell, I even offered to write for the game if that would help in any way and I have a full time job lol. Of course, that would be a dream come true, I digress lol.
But as far as this current game goes, I think at this point, we should just be happy with what we have and realize that as much as they did with this game over the years, it was never going to have everything that everyone wanted because that’s utterly impossible. But what we do have is an amazing experience and one that I think we can safely assume is complete, and that MS is likely looking toward the future. I’m okay with that. I’m happy with what we got. I just want to get another one, because I think this game really deserves a sequel. I just hope the sales were there and the desire is there from MS’ side to make it happen.