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Killer Instinct's next confirmed character isn't Cinder, it's Maya

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

The next fighter confirmed for Killer Instinct's second season on Xbox One will be Maya, last seen in Killer Instinct 2 in 1996. The game's developers announced her return during a panel at Evo 2014 in Las Vegas.

Killer Instinct fans had expected the next reveal to be Cinder, from the original Killer Instinct, after glimpsing what figured to be a visual tease of his fiery form in an E3 trailer. If Cinder's still on the way, that news is going to be shared later.

GameSpot was at the panel where Maya was announced; the Amazonian princess will return with two blades that can level up to an unblockable bouncing projectile after a long series of consecutive strikes. However, she can drop a dagger if her strike with it misses, resetting the level counter.

For more on Evo 2014, see this post for the tournament's full schedule, and see all of the action from these two Twitch streams.