Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition releasing on Xbox One this September

All 26 characters and all 20 arenas for $40 on Xbox One... but what about PC players?


A new trailer from Microsoft and Iron Galaxy reveals Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition, a game-of-the-year-type bundle due out for Xbox One on September 20.

Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition bundles up the game's 26 characters and 20 arenas from all three seasons. In addition to the game and all its fixins', you'll get the official soundtrack, a pack of bonus skins, and ports of Killer Instinct and Killer Instinct 2.

Amazon's already got the game up for pre-order. If you've been waiting to pull the trigger on the Killer Instinct reboot, which burst onto the scene in 2013 as a launch title for Xbox One, this is as good a time as any.

Forty bucks for all that content is a great deal, but the advertisement states that Definitive Edition is coming to Xbox One, as does Amazon's pre-order page. There is no mention of Play Anywhere compatibility, a Microsoft initiative that adds cross-buy and cross-play functionality between Xbox One and PC, to specific first-party games.

Microsoft did clarify last week that not all first-party titles will support Play Anywhere, and Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition seems to be exempt. Unless a PC version is announced down the road, players trading combos on Windows 10 will have to make do with buying characters piecemeal.

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