You might have seen some of this on other posts burried away under opinions and flame wars (lolz) but i just wanted to isolate it here for you guys to see.
For many years now we have discussed how the biggest problem with Killer Instinct is its advertisement and outward push by Microsoft into the casual domain, its exposure if you like.
Killer Instinct has been hidden away deep inside the XboxOne store for quite some time with only a fraction of main stream media coverage. I think its even fair to say not in Microsoft has pushed it internally to its fan base.
Exposure has always been our adversary.
This bring me to the subject of guests characters.
As a Hardcore fighting game community it might be second nature for us to throw guests out in favour for newly created characters. We like new things custom made for our community, we like how they intertwine with our beloved characters. I cant deny i am with everyone there.
I too whole heartedly prefer new characters than guests. No doubt there at all.
However as a fan of this game and as a fan of the oringals im in it for the long term. I dont want to see KI slip into another 18 year limbo and in order for us to avoid that we need to up our exposure to the fighting game community and also to the gaming community as a whole.
Guests do that guys. As tough as it may be guests from games 10x bigger than KI pull in interest (and gamers) into our indi game.
Even if we haven’t heard of these characters it doesn’t negate that they are bigger properties in general. Ask someone on Xbox who Fulgore or who Arbiter is I bet they would give you only one answer
As a forum member sometimes i have to realise we live in a very small bubble here and that not everything i want for KI might be the best time spent in terms of growing the games exposure.
That doesn’t mean we should have what we love but it does mean that sometimes we have to be tollerate of the decisions IG and MS make for the longevity of KI.
Bellow I have attached the views for all the trailers since Aganos.
Look at the spikes for guests characters. Now put that into perspective with how much exposure we need on this game and it becomes evident that guests are doing great things for KI.
Thats not to say we need to sell out and become a All Stars game but it does support the development of the PC version of KI.
This launch unlike Ki Season 2 needs to be bigger and more profitable to cover the backward development of KIS1 and S2 on PC and the development of season 3.
All in all: Guests and a PC version will reach audiences further than our words of mouth ever could.
Personally thats a trade off im willing to suffer for a little more push of the game i love as long as this game get into more PC’s and into more hands I’m hapoy