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Killer Instinct may not stay an Xbox One exclusive forever. Microsoft Studios is now gauging gamers' interest in bringing the game to the PC.
Shoryuken reports that Adam Isgreen, creative director at Microsoft Studios, created a poll on the official Killer Instinct forums with the following options:
The poll tells you to assume that that the eventual PC version would support cross-platform play with the Xbox One edition. That would certainly be a nice feature, yeah.
"Because momentum seems to drive crowd behavior, viewing the poll results is now locked for 30 days," Isgreen said. "That doesn't mean you can't tell your friends to vote, but that you can't react to being ahead or not!"
The poll, and the fact that Isgreen's taking steps to ensure that it's accurate, should be an encouraging sign to PC gamers. It doesn't confirm that the game's coming to PC, or that it's coming anytime soon. After all, if they're still gauging interest, this means they haven't even greenlit the port yet. However the poll does show that Microsoft's at least giving serious thought to the notion.
If you're interested in making your voice heard on the subject, go vote now. The poll closes on January 9th.
Killer Instinct is one of the few major fighting game franchises not on PC right now. Just take a look at Steam and you'll see Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Dead or Alive, BlazBlue and more. Microsoft's ceding that market to their competitors if they don't release a PC version of Killer Instinct.
Yes, a PC version means that Killer Instinct is no longer an Xbox One exclusive. I don't think Microsoft's really worried about a platform other than PS4 getting the game, though. That's their main competitor, not the PC. They still stand to make money if they decide to publish a Steam version of Killer Instinct.
Killer Instinct was a launch title for the Xbox One last fall. It's free-to-play, with players able to access all modes for no additional charge. However, they can only play one character. Other characters can be purchased individually or as part of a bundle. Season Two of the game debuted in October with a new set of characters to purchase.