Kinect Sports Rivals: axed sporting events discussed by Rare

By Dave Cook
29 November 2013 12:03 GMT

Kinect: Sports Rivals developer Rare has discussed the Xbox One title’s event types, including several cancelled sports like horse riding. It’s neigh joke.

Speaking with OXM, Rare’s Danny Isaac explained, “Yeah, there were some that didn’t make it. Some we cut completely – we had horse racing and fishing, which we built as prototypes. All the sports that made it into the product were all built as prototypes before.

“We really focused on what could bring the Kinect sensor alive, and what can put it on that pedestal. Horse-racing and fishing were kind of good, but they didn’t make it. We also had some really cool kayaking prototypes, as well as a Frisbee one, and a table tennis game.

“When we go for our preproduction stage and our concept stage, we tend to go very broad and very wide. At the time though the sensor wasn’t complete, so we were prototyping on the old Kinect, as well as trying to mimic the fidelity that we’d have on the actual sensor. That’s when we proofed out things like rock-climbing, with the open and closed hands, and wake-racing, soccer, target shooting and tennis.”

While Kinect Sports: Rivals isn’t launching until Spring 2014 now, you can check out the ‘Preseason’ demo, available now on Xbox One. Previews suggest that Microsoft’s new Kinect sensor really does show a marked improvement when used with Rare’s title.

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