Killer Instinct: Free-to-Play Launch for Xbox and Steam Gamers

10 years ago, the Killer Instinct debuted as an Xbox One exclusive, and soon it will be available for free. The third installment in the fighting game series will offer a base version of the game with one free weekly rotating fighter and access to single-player, local, and ranked modes on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC.

For $30, players can purchase the Killer Instinct Anniversary Edition, which will include all 29 fighters, premium content, an XP booster, holiday accessories, and more. This edition will replace the Definitive Edition on Xbox consoles and PC.

The Anniversary Edition will exclude some mature-rated content, such as developer interviews and concept art, as well as access to the original two Killer Instinct games. However, owners of the digital Definitive Edition copy can still download this content after Iron Galaxy discontinues it.

Steam users who own any version of Killer Instinct will receive a free upgrade to the Anniversary Edition. Iron Galaxy will stop selling individual fighters, so players will need to purchase the Anniversary Edition to access the entire roster or play through Xbox Game Pass, as it is a Microsoft-published game.

Iron Galaxy did not provide a specific release date for the Anniversary Edition or when the base game will go free-to-play, but they are in final testing ahead of the switch. This is a good opportunity for players to engage with Killer Instinct given the current situation.