How Killer Instinct uses Kinect to make local multiplayer fuss-free

Uses face recognition to auto-load button settings, fave characters

Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Isgreen has been banging on about how awesome Kinect is, very much in the vein of a man who works for Microsoft. According to Isgree, the game will use the sensor's face recognition feature to automatically load a bunch of settings the second you pick up the pad during local tournament play. This sounds rather... cool?

"We want to have features to set up tournaments with your friends," he told IGN at Evo 2013, as transcribed by Eurogamer. "Say there are eight of you and you just start sitting down. I know a lot of people are like, ah, the Kinect camera in the room, I'm scared!


"But the coolness of being able to sit down, the controller pairs itself to you when you pick it up. It knows your buttons. It knows how you like to play. It knows what characters you want to play. You can just say Start, and go. It knows who you are in the tournament bracket, so it will just automatically do the matches correctly."

The game will even remember which characters you generally favour. "If you have a character you love, it might primary select that character already. Your buttons are already configured based on you picking up that controller. It knows it's you, so it can do the leaderboards correctly.

"All that's possible on Xbox One - mid-fight, too. So, here, you play, you give me your controller, it reconfigures it to me. "

Aoife reported at length on Evo 2013 earlier in the week. I'm going to go out on a limb, and say she'll find the above to be very pleasant reading.

"There are a lot of neat features we can start to do that you can't do right now," Isgreen continued. "We can't do that without having those kind of things built into the box. That's one of the reasons we've kept them in. There is a lot of really cool stuff coming for it. Those are the kind of features we want to uphold for tournaments, online or offline. It's going to be a big push for us."

Killer Instinct will be sold as a free-to-play title supported by character micro-transactions, with a single character unlocked to begin with - you'll still be able to fight other characters without paying to unlock them, but you won't be able to play as those characters. The returning combatants we know about are Jago, Sabrewulf and Glacius, with the strong suggestion of a Chief Thunder reveal shortly.