Xbox One’s upcoming casual party game Kinect Sports Rivals could very well be the next Wii Sports or Mario Kart for Microsoft’s next-gen console, that is according Rare Ltd.’s creative director Simon Woodroffe.
In an interview with OXM Woodroffe stated that he hopes Kinect Sports Rivals will be one of the first games customers will pick up for their console. “We think – well, we hope that this is the sort of game that’s still one of the first things that anyone who buys an Xbox One gets even two or three years from now,” he continued. “Sort of like Wii Sports and Mario Kart for the Wii. Our visual aesthetic, our graphics are quite evergreen, they’re not going to date – it’s got that sort of Pixar-style look to it.”
Woodroffe believes that Kinect Sports Rivals could be an excellent main stream game for Xbox One. As more and more casual gamers pick up the console following the hardcore launch base, the party/sports game could be an enticing offer for this specific audience.
“We’re trying to make something that’s still relevant to consumers as the audience shifts away from the core early adopters to the mainstream gamers – it’s still a relevant experience for them. And of course for them it’s even better value because there’s more things going on, there’s a history there that they can get involved in.”
Woodroffe revealed the amount of sports games and content that will be available in the game. The studio also plans to release post-launch DLC that will be free for customers. “It’s got six sports, but there are effectively 12 events based around them – so there’s basic racing but there’s also time trials and things like that, and we’re planning to release more different ways to play post-launch for free,” Woodroffe explained to us. “Because we want to build up an active community of players.”
The Xbox One will launch in 13 territories on November 22. Kinect Sports Rivals will be available sometime next summer.