The inclusion of Kinect-based features in the Double Helix-developed fighting game Killer Instinct isn't just superficial, Microsoft revealed during the Killer Instinct panel at this year's Evo 2013 attended by IGN, as it's possible for the peripheral to help in local tournaments.
The game uses Kinect to automatically detect who is playing and load their settings, said Microsoft creative director Adam Isgreen. The result, he says, is a simpler way to set up tournaments.
"We want to have features to set up tournaments with your friends," he said.
"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."
Isgreen hints that additional features are on the horizon, including the streaming of Twitch games on Xbox One. While the company is yet to announce will be available for Killer Instinct, Isgreen suggests it will be incorporated.
Killer Instinct, developed by Double Helix, is a downloadable launch title due out this November.