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KSR Preseason: People Power


March is all about People Power, and that means you! We’re challenging our community to earn enough accumulated points to unlock exclusive premium prizes. Complete daily challenges to start racking up the points, and as you do so we’ll add them to those already earned by everyone else taking part in Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason this month. As total points goals are met, new prizes will be unlocked!

First up for grabs is the Chicken outfit. You’ll be able to use this in Kinect Sports Rivals to leave egg on your opponents’ faces in Soccer. Let’s face it, we’ve all wanted to take to the pitch dressed as a chicken at some point. No? Just us? Well, now we all can anyway!


But that’s not all: as always, there are individual monthly prizes up for grabs. In March you can get your hands on the Brother in Arms title, stylish wetsuit and matching wake racer. And remember, everything you win during Preseason will carry over to the full game.


So get racing! The more points we all chip in towards those points goals, the faster everyone gets their hands on some fabulous prizes. Good luck!


KSR Preseason: International Champions

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International Champions has arrived on the Kinect Sports Rivals Hub. This global tournament pits nation against nation for glory, honour and exclusive prizes!

So leap onto your wake racer and log your best time to represent your country. We’ve introduced new national and global leaderboards so you can see how your time stacks up against other players from your home nation and out there in the wider world of KSR Preseason.

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The player who logs the fastest race time in the world by the end of  the month will be rewarded with an exclusive gold wake racer! The top player in each nation will receive a silver wake racer.

But that’s not all: we’ll be monitoring the average times for each country throughout the International Champions campaign, and the top-ranked country at close of play will win the tournament. Every single player who logged a time during the month will win a wake racer branded with their country’s flag. Not bad!

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There will – of course – be the standard daily challenges allowing you to earn points towards February’s prizes. On offer this month are the International Champion title, wake racer and matching wetsuit. Very stylish. With all this up for grabs, what are you waiting for?

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UPDATE March 3rd: International Champions has now ended and we’re delighted to announce that New Zealand was the winning nation! France came in second, and Italy in third. To see who was the top player in the world, and in your nation, check the ‘Final Results’ story on the Preseason Hub.


KSR Preseason: New Year Friends

UPDATE: BONUS POINTS WEEKEND! From Friday 24th January to Monday 27th January, you can earn five times the usual number of points by completing daily challenges. That means that for those of you who haven’t yet won January’s exclusive prizes, they can be yours in no time! Bronze challenges are now worth 125 points, Silver are 250 points and Gold a whopping 500 points! Get racing, get earning. See you on the waves!


ORIGINAL STORY: Happy 2014 everyone! We hope you’ve all had a suitably festive holiday season and are ready to get back on the waves with Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason. We’re in full celebration in the Kinect Sports Rivals Hub with a permanent fireworks display! To mark the new year, we’ve got a whole new set of challenges and prizes for you in the New Year Friends campaign.

This month it’s all about getting social. You’ll earn points during your races and these points will be multiplied by the number of Preseason friends you have. So if you win 100 points and have three friends who’ve played the game, you’ll bank 300 points to spend on the fabulous new January prizes. So get your friends playing, challenge them for the best time and reap the benefit with piles of points!


This month’s prizes up for grabs are the People’s Champion title, wetsuit and wake racer. Add them to the prizes you’ve already accumulated to transfer through to the full game in Spring 2014.

We love hearing about how you’re getting on with your race times on Twitter and Facebook, so keep up the commentary. Get practising too as we’ll be pitting you against members of the Kinect Sports Rivals team!

Experience New Year Friends in Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason this January on Xbox One.



Happy Holidays from All of Us at Rare

We’re all off to enjoy some mince pies, mulled wine and festive fun before we come back rested in the new year to bring you all Kinect Sports Rivals. We hope you have a wonderful holiday break.Christmas_1_sm



Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason: New Features!


We hope you’ve all been enjoying the KSR Preseason Holiday Heroes campaign. The festivities have truly taken over in the Kinect Sports Rivals Hub where it’s now snowing! In the spirit of the holiday season we’ve added even more ways to get competitive and take on your rivals. Our present to you is the new leaderboards feature. See how your race time ranks against your friends… and the world!

In order to get yourself into the new Wake Racing rankings you’ll need to set a new Personal Best, as your current time won’t count towards this new leaderboard competition.

(N.B. We know there is currently a problem displaying the times of the topped rank users. We’re currently working to fix it and will let you know as soon as we’ve done so. This doesn’t affect your placing on the leaderboards so please go ahead and try to register a race time!)

That’s not all. We’ve seen you getting competitive on Twitter and Facebook with your best race times. So we’ll be soon issuing time challenges from members of the Kinect Sports Rivals team for you to beat! We’ll post video challenges through the Kinect Sports Rivals Hub, on our Twitter account, Facebook page and brand spanking new Vine channel. So you definitely won’t miss your chance to take on one of the team.


Remember: those shiny Holiday Heroes prizes are only available through December. Get a family competition going over the holiday break! Take on your sister, your brother, your parents, why not give granny a go? Rivalry knows no age limits.

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Kinect Sports Rivals Peaks in Paris


Last week saw Kinect Sports Rivals get a little continental with a trip to Paris Games Week. Attendees had the chance to trial Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason, which goes live alongside the Xbox One launch later in November. Producers and EG Expo veterans Mike and Adam were once again our men on the scene, and once again Mike brought us back some lovely words…

At the very end of October, the Kinect Sports Rivals promotional bandwagon rolled into Paris with Rare’s very own Ant and Dec (supposedly I’m Ant) sent over to entertain the crowds and give away five more opportunities to become a Champion at launch.

We arrived on Tuesday. With VIPs and press getting early access to the pre-Paris Games Week party, we set up two kits with the just-announced Preseason build ready for an evening of games and responsible drinking. The constant queue kept us busy until midnight.

Wednesday at 9am, the doors to Paris Games Week literally swung open. With a total of four kits to keep the masses entertained, we needed help. In stepped the boundless enthusiasm of our Xbox demo crew who handled all the non-English speaking gamers, which turned out to be the vast majority of attendees.


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Halloween at Rare HQ


We’re a hive of games dev worker bees here at Rare at the moment, buzzing madly around Kinect Sports Rivals. But that doesn’t mean we couldn’t afford a little bit of time to unleash our creative sides and celebrate Halloween!

Last week we saw some of the most creatively carved pumpkins ever seen and some impressive fancy dress to boot. The scariest part of the Rare Halloween celebrations? The art team skulking around wearing identical masks. Sinister!


We hope that you all had a suitably spooky Halloween, and that you’re not suffering too much of a sugar hangover from a weekend of Halloween sweets and (for the Brits) Bonfire Night toffee apples. Click the images below to see them in full!

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Kinect Sports Rivals Enters EG Expo


As the UK’s biggest public gaming event, it would have been rude to neglect the 2013 Eurogamer Expo as we came off the back of Gamescom, PAX and the Tokyo Game Show. More than that, we wanted to make an impression on our home turf. This called for some Rare representatives with serious star power to weave a magnetic spectacle as they demonstrated KSR to eager crowds. As it turned out, only producers Mike and Adam were available. Zing! But how did they do? Over to Mike…

Attending public gaming events is always an interesting experience. The people you meet, the games you play and the feedback you receive all combine to create an event that’s every bit as exciting as it is tiring. With the Eurogamer Expo completed for another year, here’s a whistle-stop summary for those of you not lucky enough to attend.

Myself, Adam and studio head Craig manned the three demo pods, alongside Claire and Dan from the Xbox demo team, with engineers Jafar and Pete offering much-needed cover over the weekend. It was also up to me and Adam to entertain the crowds every couple of hours by demoing live on the Xbox stage. With everything prepped on Wednesday, all that was left was four days of continuous demos to over 70,000 attendees.

The doors opened at 10am on Thursday.


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