We are less than two days away from the release of Rare’s Kinect Sports: Ultimate Collection which is the combination of both Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports: Season Two and all of their DLC in one package. It’s not really a new game, but it’s a new release nonetheless that gives gamers the best deal for their money; that is, if they even know of its existence. Kinect Sports: Ultimate Collection has received absolutely no marketing whatsoever. In fact, neither Rare nor Microsoft has even acknowledged the bundle even exists! It had been boggling my mind wondering why any company wouldn’t want to promote an upcoming product of theirs, but a couple of days ago I believe I discovered why and it actually makes perfect sense.
Perhaps you have noticed already and perhaps you have not, but both Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports: Season Two have recently received price drops. Kinect Sports is now available for an MSRP of $19.99 and Kinect Sports: Season Two is available for an MSRP of $29.99. The combined total of both games comes to $49.99, which will also be the MSRP for Kinect Sports: Ultimate Collection when it releases on Tuesday. Bearing that in mind, everything becomes suddenly clear: Rare and Microsoft don’t want you to know about KS:UC and it’s all about the money.
Kinect Sports: Ultimate Collection is, as mentioned earlier, the better buy because it includes not only the first two games, but all of the DLC as well. If Microsoft and Rare were to have been promoting its release, then those who may be interested in the Kinect Sports franchise but have yet to invest in it may have just held off on purchasing either of the titles for the Ultimate Collection. This would have surely stalled sales of the first two games and Microsoft and Rare doesn’t want there. They remain two of the best selling Kinect titles and Rare’s best selling games since their acquisition in September 2002.