June 19th, 2017

Microsoft Studios gauging interest in Killer Instinct PC release

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Soon to be visiting the PC? Perhaps.

Don’t take this as confirmation of a Killer Instinct PC release, but Microsoft Studios appears to be seriously gauging community interest in a port. Word of this comes by way of dedicated fighting games site Shoryuken, which points to an officially sanctioned poll taking place at the official Killer Instinct forums.

This goes beyond the usual fan-made threads requesting versions on other platforms, as Microsoft Studios’ Creative Director Adam Isgreen has stepped in to consolidate all threads dealing with the “PC or not PC” issue. Later, Isgreen puts up a new poll with “more specific voting options” and invites people to cast their votes.

The poll includes options like “I already own Killer Instinct for Xbox One, but would love the option to play it on PC” and “I don’t own Killer Instinct or an Xbox One, but would buy KI on PC if it was available!” (as well as options expressing a lack of interest.)

It appears that people need to be registered members of the forum to cast a vote (which seems fine, since it’s the community’s opinion Microsoft seems interested in.)

Again, this doesn’t confirm a Killer Instinct port, but it is interesting to see Isgreen gauging community reactions in what appears to be an official capacity.

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    • Grim

      After all those promises of bringing some love back to the PC, all MS is offering another F2P? The last time MS was seemingly serious with PC gaming they ripped apart two classic PC titles-Age of Empire and Flight Simulator- and gave us the F2P versions instead. The last Halo game came to PC was months ago and it’s a mobile port.

      No wonder people smirked and laughed at MS’s “re-commitment” to the PC. They still locked all those juicy AAA titles to XB while the PC crowd gets F2Ps and mobile ports.

      • DavidTheSlayer

        I agree. Trouble is Streetfighter V is coming to PC as well as Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, so it makes sense for them to bring Killer Instinct onto the PC if they want to compete. I think we’ll need a controller for KI though from what I’ve played on XB1.