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Killer Instinct

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Fighting
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Iron Galaxy
Release Date: March 29, 2016

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'Killer Instinct' Testing Ranked Crossplay Between PC And Xbox Platforms This Weekend

by Rainier on Feb. 7, 2024 @ 11:38 a.m. PST

Killer Instinct is an update to the classic arcade/Super Nintendo/Nintendo 64 fighting game, featuring popular characters from the original now with modern day graphics.

Discover your Killer Instinct! The legendary fighting franchise is back with stunning 60FPS visuals, over-the-top action, a wild cast of combatants, rocking reactive music, and C-C-C-COMBO BREAKERS!!!

Choose your ultimate combatants each with fluid animations, unique combat tactics, and enthralling special attacks.

Use the open-ended combo system to rack up huge combos as your opponent looks for openings to break you and turn the tides of battle. Go online and compete against players from all over the world, or master your combat skills with in-depth tutorials and intelligent AI combatants.


You’ve been asking for years to allow Ranked Crossplay between Steam and Xbox/Windows. Thanks to some fancy new services, now available to us in Killer Instinct: Anniversary Edition, we are going to give it an initial (very experimental) test run. 

Ranked Crossplay Test

Starts: Friday, February 9, at 12 PM PST

Ends: Monday, February 12, at 8 AM PST 

Get ready, new rivals are coming your way – but with a few important caveats we’d like you to keep in mind before playing and giving us feedback:  

  • Ranked Leaderboards for both Xbox/Windows and Steam will remain separate. 
    • This is a necessary compromise for us to allow Ranked Crossplay.
    • Example: If a Steam player gets a win over an Xbox player, the Steam player will gain points for the Steam Leaderboard, while the Xbox player will lose points for the Xbox Leaderboard. 
  • During this test window, the Block Cross-Network Play function will be bypassed in Ranked mode only. By playing Ranked, you are opting in to playing Cross-Network during this time. Other online modes are not affected. 
  • If you are an Xbox player concerned about performance while playing against PC users, remember: Both the Windows and Steam versions of the game require players to pass a performance test requiring 60 FPS before playing online, ensuring that your matches will feel great.  

This Ranked Crossplay Test will help determine if we will add this feature in a future update, pending evaluation of results and the community’s feedback. Let us know how you feel, and we’ll do everything we can to make it the best experience for everyone. 

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