Several months ago Microsoft shared their plans to renew their trademark for Killer Instinct, a series of fighting games that was pretty popular in the 90s. However, back in December it was discovered that the United States Patent & Trademark Office denied this renewal due to a conflict with a cancelled Fox crime drama also called Killer Instinct. The latest development makes the future of the video game series seem a lot more promising.
Microsoft and Fox recently joined on a Trademark Coexistence Agreement, a document which permits two corporations to use “similar branding”. It seems that for the moment, if Microsoft so chose, they could proceed with developing a new Killer Instinct title, though I’d wait for an official word from them before getting my hopes up.
We’ll keep you updated on any further developments.