Gears of War Ultimate Edition and Killer Instinct Hitting PC in Early 2016

by Kyle Hanson

We’ve known for a while that currently Xbox One exclusive titles Gears of War Ultimate Edition and Killer Instinct would be heading to PC, but Microsoft has been coy about giving any firm release dates. That trend has continued, with no official date, or even a release window being given, but the range of time has definitely been narrowed by the latest tweet from Xbox head Phil Spencer.

When asked about the two titles heading to PC, possibly as Windows 10 exclusives, Spencer responded by saying “Haven’t announced dates yet but won’t be too far into 2016.” Of course, not being too far into 2016 is a bit subjective, but it seems like we can easily assume that both games will be out by the mid-point of the year at the latest.

In fact, given the wording here I’d say it’s a safe bet to assume that they’ll be out by March or April, though that is definitely speculation. However, it’s speculation that is backed up by other messages from the developer, such as Killer Instinct’s dev saying that the game would hit by March, before having to dial that back a bit.

Microsoft has really been making a big push toward PC gaming as of late, with a lot of formerly Xbox exclusive games heading to the platform. Then there’s the Xbox One to PC streaming that was added recently, and more integration features, like the Xbox app hitting Windows 10. It seems that Microsoft is finally delivering on the promise of true PC support, though they still hold back a few franchises, and secure timed exclusivity on others.

Perhaps if these, and other titles do well on PC those practices will change, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

- This article was updated on March 8th, 2018