Kinect Sports Rivals

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Kinect Sports Rivals
Kinect sports rivals box art.jpg
Publisher(s)Microsoft Studios
Producer(s)Adam Park, Joe Neate
Composer(s)Robin Beanland
SeriesKinect Sports
Platform(s)Xbox One
  • NA: 8 April 2014
  • AU: 8 April 2014
  • EU: 11 April 2014
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Kinect Sports Rivals is a sports video game developed by Rare and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One.[1] It is the third game in the Kinect Sports series and utilizes the console's Kinect motion-sensing camera.[1] The game was announced during Microsoft's E3 2013 press event and was released on April 8, 2014.[2]


The game features sports such as bowling, jetski racing, rock climbing, soccer, target shooting, and tennis.[1]


The staff size for Kinect Sports Rivals was 150.[3] Originally intended as an Xbox One launch title, the game was delayed from November 2013 to April 2014.[4] Ex-Rare designer Gavin Price commented on the development of the game in 2015: "During Rivals' development, Kinect kind of got dropped quite suddenly. I think in part it was because we missed the launch date - I don't think that did us any favours! But we managed to get a jetski demo out for Xbox One's launch, and we had our cloud-based Avatar creation system with the facial recognition as well."[5]


The game received average review scores, getting scores of 7.3/10 from IGN, a 7/10 from the Official Xbox Magazine UK, and a 6/10 from Polygon. According to review aggregators GameRankings and Metacritic, the game received a mean review score of 64.18% and 60/100 respectively.[12][13]

The game entered the UK all-formats sales charts at #14 and a source later indicated to Eurogamer that Rare suffered a significant loss on the project.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Farokhmanesh, Megan (10 June 2013). "Kinect Sports Rivals is a launch title for Xbox One, coming this holiday". Polygon. Vox Media. Archived from the original on 10 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  2. ^ McWhertor, Michael (25 July 2013). "Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One delayed to spring 2014". Polygon.
  3. ^ a b Yin-Poole, Wesley (19 May 2014). "Layoffs hit Rare following Kinect Sports Rivals flop". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  4. ^ Goldfarb, Andrew (25 July 2013). "Kinect Sports Rivals Delayed to 2014". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  5. ^ Evans-Thirlwell, Edwin (16 December 2015). "Rare and the rise and fall of Kinect". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Electronic Arts. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Kienct Sports Rivals Review". Eurogamer. 8 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Kienct Sports Rivals Review". IGN. 8 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Kinect Sports Rivals review: A Smooth Forward Motion". Official Xbox Magazine. 8 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Kinect Sports Rivals review: Second String". Polygon. 8 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 19 May 2014.

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