Killer Instinct is a free-to-play fighting game that previously was an exclusive item to the Windows Store. Back in June, Microsoft announced that Killer Instinct was going to be an exclusive no longer as it was scheduled to be released for both the Xbox One and Steam.
While we still do not have a release date specifically for Steam, we do know that Killer Instinct is going to be coming to Steam in the next several weeks. If you are looking for a free-to-play fighting game on Steam, read on to learn all that we know right now about Killer Instinct.
Killer Instinct Steam Release Coming Very Soon
When it comes to the release date of Killer Instinct on Steam, we still do not know a specific time frame for the release. We do know that Microsoft said it will be on Steam within the “coming weeks.” This is really good news for people who enjoy playing games on Steam because this will be a free-to-play game. The even better news about Killer Instinct is that it will have cross-play abilities. For those who are into Steam gaming, this means you will be able to play with people on Xbox One as well as Windows 10.
With Killer Instinct being available on Steam, Windows 10, and Xbox One, this allows more players to interact with one another and compete. Considering that Killer Instinct was previously an exclusive to the Windows Store, the news of the imminent release on Steam and Xbox One is huge. As far as gaming is concerned, the cross-play ability will come in very handy with the Steam edition hitting soon.
We just learned of the new cross-play ability on the Killer Instinct forums, where a community manager stepped up to talk about the new game play options. The community manager, Rukari “Rukizzel” Austin said that you will have to download the Killer Instinct Content Update in order to see the new cross-play feature.
Killer Instinct Cross-Play Feature Aimed at Getting More Players
The obvious goal for the Killer Instinct developers is to get more people playing the game. What better way to achieve that than having Killer Instinct come out on Steam and Xbox One? Both Steam and Xbox One have a huge player base.
This means that it will bring in new players who want to check out the new feature. So first thing you will need to do is download the newest Killer Instinct Content Update. Once you have done that, you will see there will be a switch so to speak within the Content Update. This switch will enable the cross-play ability.
The new cross-play ability will go live when Killer Instinct hits Steam. This is because right now, the feature is in testing mode still. Since the cross-play ability is in testing right now, it is possible that the feature could be down sometimes as a result of the testing.
Even though it might not be accessible all of the time, you will still be able to play Killer Instinct in-network. The ability to play between both Windows 10 and Xbox also will not be impacted during testing. That is because Xbox is a Microsoft product, so both Microsoft products will still have the cross-play ability even if the Steam version is not accessible.
Killer Instinct Cross-Play Ability Could Contain Glitches
Austin did say that Killer Instinct will arrive in the next several weeks, although he did not give a specific date on the forums. As far as the testing goes, we hope that there will not be too many issues once the game hits Steam.
Since it is still at least a few weeks away, that gives the team enough time to iron out the problems and glitches. Sometimes you might be playing the game and the menu item for cross-play is turned off, according to what Austin said.
It might appear like it is missing, when in reality, the feature is just being worked on by the development team. So just to give you a heads up about that since there is a possibility this new feature could come and go as issues are worked out once the game launches on Steam.
Even if the game has some issues with the cross-play ability in the beginning, it should not take too long to get those issues worked out. The best thing we can hope for is that the game using the cross-play ability leads to more games using this feature to allow people from various gaming worlds to come together and compete or ally with one another and defeat enemies.