Killer Instinct already supports cross-play functionality between the Xbox One and Windows 10 players. It has now been confirmed that the upcoming Steam version will not be any different.
The latest patch 3.9 introduced an “Allow Cross-Network” option that pops up while setting up exhibition matches. This exists alongside the usual “Allow Cross-Play” feature but is currently inactive. Once the brawler releases on Steam, players will be able to toggle the new switch and be pitted against players on the other two networks.
Hence, there will be no barriers of any kind. Friends and family members can freely choose between the Xbox One, Windows 10, or Steam version and still be able to play together.
“We will be testing this feature, making sure all the kinks are worked out (as best as we can) in a live environment,” community manager Rukari Austin said in an announcement. “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.”
Take note that while work is going on in the background, it will not affect the matchmaking experience of players at any point.
Killer Instinct is still without a release date for its Steam version. Iron Galaxy Studios previously stated that it will arrive later in the year. The most hopeful batch of fans are speculating more details to arrive in the coming weeks.
It was during Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2015) when Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, announced that the PC version of Killer Instinct will have cross-play support. He stated at the time that the feature is part of the company’s focus on Windows 10.