It was both good and bad news with regards Killer Instinct Xbox One at Gamescom 2015. The good news was that Killer Instinct Season 3 is coming in March 2016; the bad? Renowned composer Mick Gordon is leaving.
Gordon’s contribution to the new Killer Instinct cannot be underestimated. Not only do his music dynamically change with the ebb and flow of the on-screen action, but they made the stages and characters feel alive.
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Each theme define the characters as much or, in some cases, even more as their actual designs and will go down as one of the best fighting game soundtracks ever composed, if not the best.
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Gordon wrote an extensive and emotional message
to all the Killer Instinct fans and supporters that made everything possible:
To my dearest Killer Instinct friends,
I give the greatest thanks to you all for your incredible support and trust with this kick ass fighting game. I’ve been a devoted fan of Killer Instinct for 22 years and it has been a dream, an honor and great privilege to be involved in the re-imagining of the Ultratech universe. The opportunity to dabble in the world laid down by Robin Beanland, Graeme Norgate and the rest of the exceptional team at Rare has been an absolute dream…
Friends, I’m sad to say that the time has come for me to move on to something new.
I’d like to shout out a massive heart-felt thanks to Double Helix Games, Microsoft and Iron Galaxy for allowing me to share in this truly amazing experience. These passionately dedicated teams have been an endless source of inspiration and they all share a deep, infectious love of the Killer Instinct universe. Speaking as a fan, we’ve all been incredibly lucky to have these groovy people behind the development of KI.
And to you, the fans that have made all this hard work and late-nights worthwhile, I thank you from the bottom of my linker-parry-windkick-quartercircle-monster-combo-heart. I’ve absolutely adored every tweet, forum post, email, FB message, letter, handshake, hug and fistbump. Your endless support and encouragement is the driving force behind the Killer Instinct sound. We do this for you. There would be no KI without you. Thank you. Keep blocking, spot those lights/mediums/heavies, trick a lock-out and go in for Ultra!!!
I’d also like to give a shout out to my fabulous team of collaborators, musicians, singers, lyricists, translators and engineers. Thanks to you all for lending your fabulous skills and knowledge to the Killer Instinct soundtrack!
I wish Iron Galaxy and Microsoft the very best with the future of KI and I’m incredibly excited to see (and play!) what’s in store for Season 3!!!
Party on, dudes!
Has there ever been a soundtrack that captures the essence of the characters, stages and overall feel of a fighting game as well as Mick Gordon’s Killer Instinct Season 1 and Season 2 soundtracks?
Let us know in the comments below and do share what your favorite video game soundtrack is.