Thursday, February 22, 2024

Killer Instinct is getting a new Anniversary Edition and a free-to-play version

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2013’s reboot of Killer Instinct is getting a new Anniversary Edition and a free-to-play version.

During a live stream to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Xbox One launch game, developer Iron Galaxy announced plans to split the title into two versions.

The Killer Instinct Base Game will be free to play on console and PC and feature one free weekly rotating fighter, as well as single-player, local, and ranked modes.

The $30 Killer Instinct Anniversary Edition will include all 29 fighters with premium content.

KI Base Game, Free to Play: 1 Free Rotating Weekly Fighter (Play Single Player, Local & Ranked Modes!) KI Anniversary Edition, Premium Upgrade: All 29 Fighters with Premium Content Included! VIP Double XP Booster, Specialty Holiday Accessories & More KI Gold: In-Game Currency for Progression Shortcuts ESRB Rated T for Teen, Xbox & PC: KI Base Game, KI Anniversary Edition; Blood, Mild Language, Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes ESRB Rated RP for Rating Pending, Steam: KI Base Game, KI Anniversary Edition

The currently available Killer Instinct Definitive Edition will be retired from digital stores and replaced by the Anniversary Edition. All purchased Definitive Editions will be upgraded to the Anniversary Edition for free.

The Killer Instinct Anniversary Edition won’t include the Definitive Edition app, which featured developer interviews and concept art, as well as the standalone versions of Killer Instinct 1 and 2. However, owners of the Definitive Edition will still be able to access this content.

“We are also retiring all a la carte purchasing of individual Fighters and various Editions. Remember: Anything you’ve previously purchased will remain in your library, and you will still have access to it,” Iron Galaxy wrote in a blog explaining the changes.