Previously available as a character skin, Shadow Jago will be playable in Killer Instinct soon.
As part of the Killer Instinct tournament pool fundraising announcements earlier this year, Shadow Jago was teased as a standalone release as his own character by year’s end. As we inch closer to the end of the year, however, little else had been revealed about Iron Galaxy Studio’s plans. Luckily, we got an update from the Killer Instinct website as part of their 2-year anniversary, revealing that Shadow Jago will be coming to rosters everywhere in December.
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“Shadow Jago will release in December,” Killer Instinct community manager Rukari writes. “The exact date will be announced at a later time. Not too late, though, promise. As a matter of fact, the wheels are in motion to get a Shadow Jago livestream rolling, and there may be a fun video in the works that gives you a little hype for the impending release… It’s nothing concrete, but if you’re at all familiar with production schedules this means, ‘we’re close.’”
Additionally, update 2.12 is also coming soon to Killer Instinct, bringing updates to the game’s HUD to illustrate more information for both players and those watching others fight (especially in tournaments like Evo). Reversals will be indicated for frame-perfect moves using the system, while combo breakers will be denoted by its light, medium and heavy types of hits broken by opponents. Lockouts will now reflect and in-game visual counter, with letters indicating which attack strength you should have counter-broken with. Finally, one feature that couldn’t make it in time, coming in 2.13, is a “Punishment” indicator that tells you if you’ve attacked during someone’s recovery in a sufficient manner.
With the difficulty of fighting games being the biggest barrier for entry, it makes sense that Killer Instinct makes it easier for newcomers to understand its gameplay mechanics. Not only that, but since the direction of next-gen fighting games will probably learn toward the usage of PS4 fight sticks (with Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear Xrd and more being console exclusive to Sony), anything to help bring casuals and experienced players to the free-to-play platform should be taken into account.