‘Kinect Sports Rivals’ launches on Xbox One April 8 in North America, Australia and New Zealand

Get ready to make a splash, or several: “Kinect Sports Rivals” will be available exclusively on Xbox One on April 8 in North America, Australia and New Zealand, and on April 11 in Europe. New sports include climbing, wake racing and target shooting, as well as fan favorites soccer, tennis and bowling.

“Kinect Sports Rivals” is the first title to take full advantage of all the new Xbox One capabilities, including the new Kinect sensor and Xbox Live, writes Xbox Wire.

The game is “built entirely from the ground up to take advantage of all that Xbox One has to offer to create a more tailored and immersive experience” that was not possible before.

“For the first time in motion-based games, subtle movements and timing are tracked with precision – now every move you make matters and every decision is critical to secure your victory. Additionally, players have an all new way to get in the game with Champions, a stylized on-screen version of themselves that participates in each of the challenges and continues to compete with friends, even if the player isn’t there.”

To take the competition to the next level, “Kinect Sports Rivals” introduces teams and captains, Xbox Wire reports. Players will choose one of three teams, “each with a unique identity, ethos and equipment attributes that can prove valuable in competition. Each team will also provide players with gameplay tips and motivation, and will join in certain challenges to take on rivals.”

There are Vargu, members of Wolf Clan who 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. Finally, Viper Network, led by Zara, is the newest addition to the island, bringing with it “a crafty and ambitious drive coupled with a corporate sponsorship.”

“Kinect Sports Rivals” can be preordered. To find out more, head over to Xbox Wire.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff