It's just an inevitability in our industry that some console launch titles will end up being delayed. Take for instance virtually every first party game in the Wii U's launch window. Perhaps the first such next-gen (Xbox One or PlayStation 4) title to realize such a terrible fate is none other than Rare's Kinect Sports Rivals. Yes, originally named a "Day One" title for the Xbox One, Microsoft confirmed today that the game will now be launching in spring 2014.
While many of Microsoft's remaining launch titles for Xbox One will feature Kinect support and features of one type or another, Kinect Sports Rivals was another level. It had the potential to be the Wii Sports of the Xbox One and Kinect, a shining example of just what the platform could do in terms of motion control. Now, however, it will miss out on those launch day experimental purchases which will likely significantly alter its sales goals.
For those unaware, Kinect Sports Rivals is a motion-controlled collection of mini-games including Tennis, Bowling, Soccer, Target Shooting, Rock Climbing and Jet Skiing. Also, as revealed at SDCC this past weekend, it features some impressive avatar creation software that turns your face into a stylized, playable character. Very Wii Sports, no?
Disappointing delay, to say the least. Still, expect Kinect Sports Rivals to come exclusively to the Xbox One in spring 2014.