Kinect Sports Rivals delayed until later in 2014, free trial to be available at console launch

by: Dan -

So not surprising, another Xbox One launch window title has been pushed back later into 2014. This time it is Kinect Sports Rivals, which is a bit of a bummer, as this was the one title that would probably show off the upgraded capabilities of the new Kinect camera. Although the game will be delayed, Major Nelson brings word of a somewhat silver lining. On launch date (Nov 22nd), there will be a free download called Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason that will allow players to test out the Kinect with just the wake racing.

The Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason will be available from 11/22/13 until March 2014, and will have monthly challenges to allow players to earn points and in-game rewards. Apparently, there will also be a Kinect Sports Rivals Hub that will be available for download on 11/22 that will allow players to track their progress in challenges and keep tabs on their closest competitors.  Here are the complete details on Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason directly from Major Nelson:

  • Download the free trial experience anytime from Nov. 22 thru Nov. 30 and start earning points to unlock the special “Founder” player title, an exclusive “Kinect Sports Rivals” wetsuit and a “Kinect Sports Rivals” wake racer to commemorate the launch of Xbox One.
  • Players will compete against familiar faces – including a fully digital version of me and my good friend AceyBongos who will step in as tough competition.
  • New monthly challenges with unique objectives and rewards will become available within the “Kinect Sports Rivals” Hub – some will be personal, some will be co-op, and some will pit nation against nation in a global battle for international fame. Each challenge will deliver its own exclusive rewards that will carry over to the full game when it launches next spring.
  • Complete every player challenge given and expand the fun by racing against a friend in the same room in split screen mode.
  • Enjoy an all-new track by rising musical group Youngblood Hawke. They recorded “Collide” just for “Kinect Sports Rivals.”

In the meantime, check out this new Experience trailer released today....

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