Update (Thu 21st Apr, 2022): We've got a date! Kao the Kangaroo punches his way to Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on May 27th, 2022. The game will be available for £24.99 / $29.99 digitally at launch, with the physical edition being a bit more expensive at £29.99 / $34.99. Here's what the developer had to say today:
“We’ve been blown away by the response we’ve had from gamers since we announced Kao the Kangaroo was making a return earlier this year. With this new chapter, we’ve set out to make sure the new Kao the Kangaroo both honors his previous outings and offers fresh, contemporary gameplay for fans new and old alike. This is a complete reboot for Kao, and we can’t wait to see how people take to it at launch!”
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Original story (Thu 27th Jan, 2022): Kao the Kangaroo is back! We'll admit that not all of us here at Pure Xbox remember this fella, but Kao made his debut back in the Sega Dreamcast era, before getting 3 sequels across PC, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance.
Kao the Kangaroo is your typical 3D mascot platformer. That means plenty of wide open levels, colourful locales and probably a bunch of collectibles to find. While this reboot doesn't look particularly unique, it checks all the right 3D platformer boxes on first impression.
The team is trying to bridge the gap between existing players and people who'll pick this one up as their first Kao game. Kaja Borowko, Head of Studio at Tate, had this to say on the platformer's revival:
"Throughout development, it’s been important to us to make sure Kao’s new adventure both feels like a tribute to his previous outings for existing fans, as well as a fresh, contemporary platformer for newcomers. This is not a sequel, this is a complete reboot, and we can’t wait to see players young and old come together to take on the role of Kao once more this summer."
So, yeah, it ain't more Crash Bandicoot on Xbox just yet, but Kao the Kangaroo looks like a pretty good time overall. The game launches in summer 2022, with the actual date not yet figured out.
Will you be checking out Kao the Kangaroo's revival when it launches? Let us know below.