Steam Version of @KillerInstinct will feature Cross-Play with Xbox One and Windows 10

As you may know by now, Killer Instinct will be released on PC (again) for Steam, in addition to Windows 10. A release date has yet to be dropped, but Rukari Austin, Killer Instinct’s community manager, promised via a video about the 3.9 content update that we are now weeks away from its arrival to Steam instead of months.

Speaking of the 3.9 update, it rolled out a day later than was planned (September 6th) for both Xbox One and Windows 10. Once the players got a hold of the update, they noticed that a new addition had been made to the list of options associated with the Exhibition mode…see the image below.

As you can see, the option to “Allow Cross-Network” has been added. That said, some of you may not see this option in your copy of the game right now, but it may appear later on or not at all.

What does this mean? Well, we already know that the “Allow Crossplay” feature accounts for the first two platforms on which KI has been released.

We’re sure you’ve figured it out by now. The moment the update dropped, Rukari took to the Ultra Combo forums to make the official confirmation that Killer Instinct would feature cross-play between Windows 10, Xbox One and now Steam, meaning that players playing online via any of these platforms will be able to connect and throw down with one another!

Below is the post that breaks this news to the KI community, taken from this thread at the Ultra Combo forums. Check it out.

From Rukari Austin (rukizzel):

Hey Killer Instinct family, we hope you’re just as excited for the 3.9 release as we are!

When you download the latest Killer Instinct Content Update, if you haven’t done so already, you’ll undoubtedly notice something peculiar, so we wanted to give you a heads up at what’s to come before you spotted it in the wild.

Tucked away in this CU is a switch that will enable certain feature you’ve all been clamoring for, and that feature is indeed cross-play!

Yes, this is your confirmation that Killer Instinct players on Xbox One or Windows 10 will be able to play cross-network with players on Steam, as well, and we’re super excited to be able to bring that feature to you when KI launches on Steam in the coming weeks.

There is one small caveat, though. We will be testing this feature, making sure all the kinks are worked out (as best as we can) in a live environment. What that means for you is that you will see the option for cross play in your menus, but then there will be times where that menu item is turned off, and seemingly missing. Never fear, that is simply us working on things in the background, and your experience will not be affected as we do our work.

This feature being turned on/off will have 0 impact on your ability to play KI in-network, or between Xbox & Windows 10 players. So please, play to your heart’s content while we do the dirty work in the background.

Take this as your official announcement that KI will indeed feature cross play. Of course, there are still a lot more features around the KI Steam offering to go over, so keep your eye on for more information as we get closer to launch.

Any questions? Feel free to drop them here, and we will do what we can to answer! That’s all for now. See you in the virtual arena.

While these news have brought out feelings of delight from the KI player base, a user named Davy0 raised a valid question. Since the image seen in this post only points to cross-play for exhibition so far, would this new feature extend to ranked matches as well? Rukari immediately responded to the post in question, saying he would get a confirmation regarding this subject.

Many are also curious as to whether or not the content they’ve purchased on either Xbox One or Windows 10 will carry over to Steam. We have yet to hear back on this topic.

Are you excited for Killer Instinct’s long-awaited arrival to Steam? Let us know on Twitter!