Rare is free to do what it wants according to Phil Spencer
Rare Ltd. Is a studio free to do what it wants to do, according to Xbox division head Phil Spencer.
Microsoft’s Xbox division recently announced it is cutting Xbox One’s price to $399 and no longer bundling Kinect 2.0 with the system. Rare spent the last few years focused on Kinect-based titles, so the studio’s future came into question with Official Xbox Magazine.
Spencer said Rare is an important studio and its future is its own choice.
Xbox’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb said Microsoft will continue to improve Kinect, so downplaying Kinect doesn’t mean forgetting Kinect. The company appears to be dedicated in improving Kinect and eliminating the issues it experiences with Xbox One.
Rare has produced only Kinect Sports titles since 2010, and Xbox’s recent downplay of Kinect suggests the studio will try something else for its next release. Rare has a small library of fantastic choices it could finally pull out like Battletoads, Conker or even a decent Banjo-Kazooie game.
Rare founders Chris and Tim Stamper left Rare back in 2007 to pursue “other opportunities.” Their departure came on the heels of poor performance from Viva Pinata!, but Microsoft suggested poor sales from the studio’s latest release had nothing to do with the departure.
Microsoft acquired Rare in 2002 for $375 million. The 100 percent buyout left Nintendo’s Donkey Kong Racing unfinished and but a memory.
Rare’s free to do as it pleases? Sounds great to us! What Rare series would you like to see make a proper return?