Xbox One and Windows 10 fighting game Killer Instict has been updated to allow for cross-network multiplayer, meaning that when the game launches on Steam players will be able to compete against one another regardless of where they bought the game.
The announcement isn’t exactly revolutionary, given that Xbox One and PC players have been able to play together since the game first launched on PC through the Windows 10 app store. Still, now that the game is expanding onto Steam—a platform outside Microsoft’s Xbox Live ecosystem, the move will keep everyone playing Killer Instinct lumped together in a single pool. It’s a smart move, not least of all because it preempts the possibility of a low player counts on Steam ruining the matchmaking experience and driving potential newcomers away.
That being said, the feature will apparently be a little finicky for the near future, as developer Iron Galaxy will tweaking it to make sure everything works as intended.
“We will be testing this feature, making sure all the kinks are worked out (as best as we can) in a live environment,” the official announcement reads. “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.”
The post also notes that these irregularities won’t impact the ability for Windows 10 and Xbox One players to compete against one another, since those two versions of the game natively use the same network.
No word on if that will all be cleaned up the time the Steam version launches, mostly because we still don’t have a firm date for when that will happen.
Still, the biggest news here, as evidenced by the image above, is that once Killer Instinct arrives on Steam you’ll be able to stop emailing Valve’s customer support to ask whether or not they have Battletoads. Finally, at long last, they will.
Killer Instinct is now available on Xbox One and on PC through the Windows 10 app store. The Steam version will be launching “in the coming weeks.”
Source: Xbox Wire