As with most things, a new season brings a new truckload of changes, and Killer Instinct season 3 is no different.
Alongside the expected balance changes, new characters and new features, the third season of Double Helix’s fighter will also bring a host of interesting changes.
One of the most interesting, and one sure to ruffle more than a few feathers, is that all ranks will be reset to Qualifier once the new season commences. This means exactly what it sounds like: all players will be placed on the same playing field, regardless of rank.
Naturally, this is going to sting at first for both newcomers and veterans, as newcomers will find themselves placed against people much more skilled than them, and veterans will have to earn back their previous rank. However, this phase shouldn’t last more than a few days assuming the ranking system within the multiplayer is still working correctly.
While this is a little frustrating, it does give everyone a fair chance. One thing that won’t be reset with the new season, is your stats, so you will easily be able to see if someone has played the previous seasons.
We also got some more information recently, thanks to a livestream. One of the things we learned more about how Gold matches will be best 2 out of 3. They also revealed that if you reach the Killer rank, but then go inactive for too long, you will be deranked to Gold.
Another thing we learned (today is a great day for learning, it seems) is some new details on the Killer Instinct season 3 bundles. The top tier bundle is the Killer Instinct Season 3 Supreme Edition, which features all characters from previous seasons as well as some nice juicy bonuses.
“The Supreme Edition gives you EVERY Killer Instinct Fighter from Season 1, 2, and 3 – a total of 25 fighters!
Additionally, this pack includes ALL the content from all 3 Ultra Editions – all the costumes, accessories, 18,000 KI Gold (Limited time offer), VIP Double XP Boosters, Bonus Colors (for the 8 Season 3 characters), Killer Instinct Classic, and Killer Instinct 2 Classic for Xbox One. Season 3 fighters Rash, Arbiter, Kim Wu, and Tusk available now – all other content to be released over the season.”
Killer Instinct season 3 begins on March 29, on PC and Xbox One.