The Xbox One's first Kinect-focused, high quality game now has a release date. Kinect Sports Rivals (sorry, Fighter Within) will be released on April 8 exclusively on the Xbox One. If you're looking for a reason to believe in Microsoft's strategy to bundle in a Kinect with every console, Kinect Sports Rivals will be it for the foreseeable future. Just don't expect Banjo Kazooie or anything, that Rare is long gone.
In addition to the reveal of the release date, Rare also dropped a trailer introducing their game's three factions. Players will start Kinect Sports Rivals by choosing which of the three factions they will join. It's a bit like Harry Potter, only not at all:
- "Led by Vargu, Wolf Clan are island natives with a primal and uninhibited nature and a culture that prizes excellence."
- "Eagle Legion is a loyal and honorable group that, under the leadership of Blake, have formalized the various events on this island and defeated countless teams in the process."
- "And lastly, Viper Network, led by Zara, is the newest addition to the island, bringing with them a crafty and ambitious drive coupled with corporate sponsorship."
Kinect Sports Rivals will launch on April 8 exclusively for the Xbox One. For those who can't wait there's a demo currently available for download that's rather unique. Rare calls it their "preseason" and Microsoft calls it a "free trial experience." It's really more of a demo. It features a race from the game's wake racing mode, along with monthly challenges. It's a perfect way for gamers to find out if KSR is something they want to pick up.