Native Instruments have announced that is discontinuing development of its KORE system "in order to utilize its development resources in the best interest of its wider userbase."
They are also offering a crossgrade to Maschine for $499/€399 Euros - a saving of 200 Euros.
Kore was originally introduced to much puzzlement back in 2006 where its initial launch didnt quite get the concept across - essentially as a sort of NI master software player and patch browsing system into which you could pour all your NI instruments and treat it like a sort of meta instrument - to be honest, I'm still not totally sure I have it nailed....
Anyhow, they say:
"KORE 2 will be supported through further maintenance updates for the time being, with 64-bit plugin versions of KORE 2 for Windows and Mac OS X currently in development. Technical support for KORE will also continue to be available. "