The Fruit Ninja phenomenon is set to continue into the next generation with the release of Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One, Halfbrick announced. Developed by Hibernum Creations, Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 launches exclusively for Xbox One on 18 March with five new game modes, four-person multiplayer, a new progression system, and an expanded line-up of characters.
Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 builds on the success and foundations of 2011’s breakout hit, which took home “Best Casual Game” at the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards. It features all the excitement of the original title, plus five new game modes for the entire family to enjoy. Each mode takes place at the Blueberry Moon festival, and is presented by one of the new Fruit Ninja team members – Katsuro, Mari, Han and Nobu. Players can dodge shurikens, hack through a forest of bamboo, and avoid spotlights to become true masters of stealth.
Brand new multiplayer modes allow up to four players to jump in on the action, with Battle and Party modes providing the perfect proving ground for seasoned competitors. A new progression system is also present, allowing players to earn blades, dojos and belts as challenges are completed.
Shainiel Deo, Chief Executive at Halfbrick Studios, commented:
This is the most satisfying, complete, and accessible party game ever created. The new Kinect sensor makes a world of difference, and Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 has been built from the ground up to take full advantage of the latest hardware. Fruit Ninja is our baby – it’s what got us here today and we continue to maintain an incredibly high quality bar. Hibernum have exceeded our expectations every step of the way, and we think fans will get a huge kick out of the finished product.
Louis-René Auclair, Vice-President and Chief Brand Officer at Hibernum, added:
We are really excited to enter the console market with an amazing brand like Fruit Ninja. It was a pleasure to work with Halfbrick on this game and we are extremely proud of what we’ve created together.
Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 will be available on 18 March for US$14.99 on the Xbox Games Store.