Rare tried out dozens of now-abandoned features for Kinect Sports Rivals, according to studio development director Danny Isaac, including some novel ideas for Xbox SmartGlass. Speaking to OXM at a preview event, Isaac described how sports that make sense “on paper” don’t always translate well to the real world. Step forward Exhibit A:invisible horse-riding.
“There were a couple of things,” he said. “Again those are the unique challenges of Kinect – one of the issues that we have to be careful of is strain. I don’t know if you played the original Kinect Sports but it had a hurdling event. I remember trying to do that – I did it twice and I was like, that’s it, I’m done! I’m too old for this.
“So there are certain things that we could do that on paper feel like they would make sense, and shooting was one of them whereby if you play shooting and see how rapidly you move [your finger], people can get quite injured.”