The latest Killer Instinct 3 character news isn't the reveal of Chief Thunder (which is SO happening BTW) but has to do more with the technical side of the game. According to a report in Eurogamer, Killer Instinct 3's characters and button configurations will be part of their unique profile. Nothing too revolutionary, except for the fact that the Xbox One Kinect will recognize your face the moment you touch the controller and automatically select the Killer Instinct 3 character you use the most without you having to push a button.
"We want to have features to set up tournaments with your friends," said Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Isgreen. "Say there are eight of you and you just start sitting down ... 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 new Killer Instinct 3 character features sound cool enough, I guess. I mean, it's not like selecting a character was some monumental task in any fighting game. Having the Kinect recognize you and set it all up automatically might be one of those features, though, that we didn't think we needed till we got it. But what adds an extra dollop of Cool Whip onto the feature is that the Kinect doesn't just perform these kinds of custom tasks on start-up.
"All [those features] are possible on Xbox One - mid-fight, too. So, here, you play, you give me your controller, it reconfigures it to me," Isgreen said.
Details on how exactly the Xbox One Kinect will do all this are hazy, not to mention the discomfort some people feel about having a device actively "watch" them all the time. Personally, I don't worry much about the whole NSA/PRISM thing affecting Xbox One. I think a lot of the negative comments directed towards it are just part of the pile-on Microsoft experienced after getting spanked by Sony at E3. Because really, if the government wants to find what you're doing in your living room, there's already a camera on your phone they can use, or maybe the one in your PC or, possibly, an unmanned drone zooming overhead.
What possible interest would the government have in your gaming habits? Think they really care you prefer to play as Riptor?
The real Killer Instinct 3 character controversy is the free-to-play model. Killer Instinct 3 will be free to play, but only as one character (most likely Jago). The rest of the Killer instinct 3 character roster will be unlockable via microtransactions. It's the first FTP launch title being attempted, so expect it serve as the litmus test for future games. Some fans might be bummed, but I think most will embrace not having to pay anything to download and play Killer Instinct 3 on the Xbox One release day.
Besides, if my Kinect decides to spy on me during launch week it's going to see things a lot more disturbing than my rage quits ...