Keep up to date!
We're Hiring!
blog intro

Kinect Sports Rivals at ChinaJoy

Since KSR was announced around this time last year, we’ve had Rare reps out promoting the game across the world from its Gamescom debut in Cologne to the Tokyo Game Show, Eurogamer Expo in London, Paris Games Week and of course Comic-Con in San Diego only a few weeks back.

One place we hadn’t really covered was Asia, but now with the market opening up and the Xbox One about to launch there with KSR and a clutch of other games among the advance guard, ChinaJoy 2014 presented itself as the perfect time and place. This time around we sent Pete and Nick from Rare to do the on-stage honours. Here’s Pete with a rundown of how it went!

28/07/2014

Arrival! Nick and I got to the hotel on Monday morning, freshened up from around 18 hours of travelling and decided to go for a walk around Pudong district to get the lay of the land. Our hotel was close to Century Park so we began our journey there and ended up at the Shanghai Tower and World Financial Center.

We popped into a shopping mall to take a look around and were surprised to find a lot of influential Western shops and brands. On the way back we took the scenic route, walking along the Huangpu River while the sun began to set.

ChinaJoy_1_sm

29/07/2014

On Tuesday we ventured out to the Microsoft offices in Shanghai where we met up with several other Microsoft representatives participating in ChinaJoy. We had lunch at the Shanghai Min, where our host ordered several local dishes including jellyfish and others probably best not to mention!

During the afternoon we toured the local tech shops and grey markets where you could purchase imported electronic goods. Later we went over to the convention centre to help with setup, finding the team hard at work putting the finishing touches to the Xbox booth. The Shanghai New Expo Centre is absolutely massive.

Read More

15
Aug
2014

Crowning a KSR World Champion

After months of intense competition, the Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship concluded with all the drama and spectacle you’d expect from a live public finale at Comic-Con. Organised by Microsoft and supported by Rare, the Championship offered some exceptional prizes for digital athletes who could prove themselves the best in the world, both in the qualification stages and on a physical stage in front of a buzzing Saturday night Comic-Con audience.

Adam and Darren were Rare’s men on the ground, helping out the Xbox team, spending time with the 11 finalists (from eight different countries) and live tweeting from the Championship showdown. Now that it’s all over, here’s Adam with a first-hand perspective on the whole thing!

Comic-Con is massive. And by massive we mean a heaving great spectacle of popular culture plastered across San Diego for four sweltering days. Regardless of your interests, there will be something here to sate your appetite. Ranging from the most niche comic books through to Hollywood’s billion-dollar franchises, Comic-Con serves to remove any fandom battle lines and unite the attendees in a celebration of their beloved IPs.

As ever, Xbox had a huge presence at the show – painting the town green with a stand in the main convention centre and the dedicated Xbox Lounge at the adjacent Hyatt Manchester hotel. Given the scale of Comic-Con, it seemed only fitting that Kinect Sports Rivals should go big and match the event’s epic scale by hosting our World Championship final in front of the cosplay hordes.

KSR_Champ_Photo9_sm

Having arrived in San Diego late on Tuesday night, we headed down to the Xbox Lounge early on Wednesday morning to ensure the Kinect Sports Rivals booth was up and running for the event’s opening on Thursday. Having made a textbook British error of walking from the hotel to the Lounge, we arrived with a crispy pink hue and found ourselves sporting a gorgeous shade of sunburn for the remainder of the event. It did however complement our Xbox branded T-shirts perfectly. Swings and roundabouts.

Stationed next to Dance Central, we had everything up and running by late afternoon and following a quick pit stop at the hotel we were back in the evening for final preparations ahead of the public opening. Thanks to our Marketing team, we were given passes to attend the Comic-Con preview evening in the main convention centre and rapidly found ourselves submerged in a sea of cosplay, jumbotrons, giveaways galore and more film props than you could wave a sonic screwdriver at.

KSR_Champ_Photo2_sm2   KSR_Champ_Photo3_sm2   KSR_Champ_Photo4_sm2

Read More

04
Aug
2014

KSR Preseason: People Power

PeoplePower_1_sm

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!

PeoplePower_2_sm

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.

PeoplePower_3_sm

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!

06
Mar
2014

KSR Preseason: International Champions

International Champions_1_sm

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.

International Champions_3_sm

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!

International Champions_6_sm   International Champions_7_sm   International Champions_4_sm

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?

International Champions_2_sm

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.

07
Feb
2014

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!

January_3_sm

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!

January_2_sm

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.

January_1_sm

02
Jan
2014

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

Christmas_2_sm

20
Dec
2013

Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason: New Features!

DecCamp_03_sm

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.

DecCamp_05_sm

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.

Read More

14
Dec
2013

Kinect Sports Rivals Peaks in Paris

Paris2013_3_sm

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.

Paris2013_6_sm

Read More

08
Nov
2013