Back in June, Killer Instinct, the Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive free-to-play fighting title, was announced to be leaving Microsoft's ecosystem exclusivity and coming to Steam. While no further information was provided, the Steam version was expected by most to host a separate player pool similar to how Halo Wars: Definitive Edition functions.
However, in a post on the Killer Instinct forums, the game's community manager, Rukari 'rukizzel' Austin, revealed today that the Steam version will, in fact, support cross-play with both Windows 10 as well as Xbox One platforms. The feature will be included in the game's 3.9 content update, which will add a switch to allow cross-play between the Microsoft systems and Steam for developer testing.
This marks the second game that Microsoft will be introducing cross-play functionality with Steam, with the Rise of Nations: Extended Edition that will be hitting the Windows Store on September 14, also including the feature.
While there is no definite release date for Killer Instinct's Steam version just yet, Austin doesn't shy away from teasing fans by noting that it will be arriving in the "coming weeks". With two Microsoft games now confirmed to include cross-play with Steam, there is a chance that Halo Wars: Definitive Edition and maybe even the upcoming Age of Empires IV will also receive the same treatment.
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