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Killer Instinct Gets a Bonus Fighter, Omen

Killer Instinct announced the fifth fighter joining the game during Season 2, Omen, Herald of Gargos.

Omen will be a bonus character, meaning he's not one of the eight characters you'd normally get with the season. At the moment, he's only available to those who bought the Season 2 pack, and Microsoft said it has no plans to sell him individually.

"His moveset has some familiar normals from Jago, some new ones, and his specials are either all-new or ones that only the boss version of Shadow Jago used," Microsoft Studios Creative Director Adam Isgreen said on the game's official forums.

He added that we'll learn more about the character next week, and if previous characters are any indication, we'll probably get a proper look at Omen next week with a trailer. For now, we know these highlights about Omen:

  • 3 shadow stocks
  • Shadow-powered ability to cancel any action, turn into shadow, and move a short distance in any direction
  • Multi-hitting close-range kick special
  • Powerful projectile zoning with some radical projectile options
  • A special move that burns all 3 stocks.
  • Aerial movement options
  • Slide

Killer Instinct shipped on the same day as the Xbox One launch, with Jago available to play for free. Players could unlock other characters and items by paying a fee.

Killer Instinct developer Double Helix was acquired by Amazon last year, casting doubt on continued support for the Xbox One fighter. Microsoft claimed the game would not be affected and said that the franchise, which it owns, would continue on.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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