Killer Instinct is free on all platforms to celebrate 10th birthday

Killer Instinct is free on all platforms to celebrate 10th birthday
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Written by 

Megan Cooke


26th Nov 2023 23:54

It has been 10 years since the Killer Instinct reboot was released in 2013 and the game is celebrating by going free-to-play on all platforms.

As well as the price change, a new anniversary edition of Killer Instinct is being released.

Killer Instinct is celebrating its 10th anniversary

Earlier this week, Killer Instinct celebrated its 10th birthday.

In a blog post, Head of Killer Instinct, James Goddard said: “First of all, on behalf of everyone who’s ever worked on Killer Instinct, I’d like to thank you, our community, for ten amazing years of KI. 

“Your support has made it possible for us to keep KI going, and we’re proud to be here on the game’s 10th anniversary to give you an update that we hope will excite fans new and old.

“Thanks again to all of you for making this a 10th anniversary worth celebrating!”

During an anniversary livestream by the developer, it was announced that the base game of Killer Instinct would be going free-to-play across all platforms that it is available for, namely Xbox consoles, PC and Steam.

This free-to-play version of the game will include one free weekly rotating Fighter and Single-Player, Local, and Ranked modes.

A new anniversary edition is being released

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As well as this, an anniversary edition of the game is being released, which any existing purchased versions of Killer Instinct will be upgraded to.

In the blog post, Goddard said: “The Killer Instinct Anniversary Edition ($29.99 USD) will include all 29 Fighters, and all Premium Content ever released: the VIP Double XP Booster, holiday accessories, and more.

“If you already own Premium Content (Fighters, skins, accessories, etc.) in Killer Instinct for Xbox/PC or Steam, you will still have that content unlocked in Killer Instinct Anniversary Edition.”

Upon the release of the anniversary edition, all other editions of the game, including the Definitive edition, will be retired, however content from these games will be retained.

Due to the amount of information, the developers are encouraging confused or concerned players to reach out with any questions, saying: “We realise this is a lot of information, so if you have any questions about what this means for your version of KI, please reach out to us on our forums, or on Twitter/X or Facebook.”

Megan is GGRecon's Evening & Weekend News Writer. She has an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing and is working towards finishing her masters in Journalism. When she isn’t writing about games she can be found reading romance novels or playing cosy games like Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing, APICO, and Disney Dreamlight Valley.

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