Killer Instinct Online Services Restored After Hacker Deleted Them

Xbox and Windows players cannot currently use ranked mode

Update: Microsoft has already stepped in and fixed Killer Instinct’s online issues. You can find their final statement on the patch added to the original story below.

Those trying to go back and play good old Killer Instinct for the past few days have run into an unexpected situation – they can’t play the main online mode at all.

The Killer Instinct community is currently reporting that a hacker broke the game’s online ranked modes, rendering them completely unusable.

If you try to queue for a match right now on Xbox or Windows version of KI, the game will just crash trying to sync the ladder information with the server before failing, and there there’s no way around it.

This does not currently affect the Steam version of the game, which has a separate leaderboard, but the majority of active players use Xbox Live.

BY |NickyFGC was among the first to sound the alarm that something was seriously wrong in a video to help raise awareness, and he’s understandably concerned for the community he’s been a part of since KI launched in 2013.

“It’s a huge issue for our community because the ranking is a big reason people play the game,” NickyFGC told EventHubs. “Despite what people think, we have a VERY active community with weekly tournaments and prize pools, and the leaderboard was a great way to prepare for those events. Players can’t just jump on it and find matches anymore.”

The alleged hacker(s) in this situation allegedly caused trouble for years in KI by adding a slew of fake users to the top of the ranked leaderboards while impersonating another player.

However, it looks like the leaderboards have probably reached their breaking point and no one can play.

“This person single-handedly not only removed our main reason for grinding the leaderboard, but also removed the entire mode,” NickyFGC said.

We don’t know if the person(s) involved were actively trying to take down the online service, but that’s the current outcome anyway.

Luckily, other online modes like Exhibition and Lobbies are still functional, so players can compete against each other using them, although some are reporting that their player ranks have been reset and connection times to servers may take longer.

This is still a big deal for the game because even though Killer Instinct was first released almost a decade ago, there continues to be an active and dedicated playerbase that is directly impacted by this hack.

Killer Instinct fans are also rightly worried that this won’t be fixed and ranked mode will remain permanently discontinued – but apparently that won’t be the case after all.

Microsoft was surprisingly quick to respond to the online issues KI is currently facing, and just a day later they have them back up and running.

Veronica J. Snell