Submitted by dirigiblebill 650d ago | news

Xbox One: Rare "has never been happier as a studio", Microsoft praises "European creativity"

OXM UK: "It's all sunshine and smiles at Banjo Kazooie and Viva Pinata developer Rare Ltd, according to Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer, in what I sincerely hope is a reference to that historic franchise reboot the developer has planned for E3." (Microsoft, Rare, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

NYC_Gamer  +   650d ago
Phil Harrison is the best person to whip MS game development into shape
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dirigiblebill  +   650d ago
He's got a certain charm. Can't seem to make his mind up about Xbox One and pre-owned, though...
Yi-Long  +   649d ago
Ofcourse they're happy over at RARE....
... they haven't made a decent game in years, yet they still have a job(!)
Captain Qwark 9  +   649d ago

you sire are mistaken. just because they havent made a game you like doesnt mean they havent made a good game. the new banjo was freaking awesome and crazy original. i spent hours building sweet things to tackle challenges better

kinect sports is also one of the few decent games that use kinect

kameo was a solid game

both viva pinata games were also original and quite fun if you gave them a chance

perfect dark wasnt that great imo but the rest are solid to great. you've prob never even tried them your just going with the masses who assume because they are different they are bad. for people who complain about lack of originality and new ips, you sure are a bunch of hypocrites

rare may not be pumping out the best games of its career and no doubt they peaked back on n64 but they are still a good dev
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Alos88  +   649d ago
Captain Quark 9, we don't just want another "good" dev.
We want Rare. Years ago, they earned that name with exceptional titles. Now, they're just another face in the crowd, pumping out soulless kinect crud and relying on past glories.
Captain Qwark 9  +   649d ago

how are they relying on past glories??? kameo was a new ip, viva was a new ip, kinect sports is a new ip ( and just because we arent the biggest fans of kinect doesnt mean it doesnt need a decent game, in fact thats what all the people on here b*tch about most of the time is that it doesnt. now your complaining a good dev is making games for it ) and they completely flipped how banjo was played. in fact much of the bad press banjo got was because it didnt play like their previous titles lol

are their games as good as the past, no they arent. but at least they are more original, their older most popular games were rip off/clones of nintendo games with new characters and equaly quality gameplay. dk64/banjo=mario 64, dk country=reskinned super mario world.

granted they had goldeneye which was revolutionary at its time but much like halo 1 and bungie, revolutionizing a genre on a platform doesnt happen often. expecting that every time is unrealistic.

i like new rare, i like old rare. my only wish is that ms let them make more games original and sequels
Alos88  +   649d ago
You know,I was going to write a long rant, but you are honestly being fairly reasonable, so I suggest we just agree to disagree on this one. I'm still reeling from the colossal disappointment that I felt the Xbox conference was, so I'm hardly impartial right now, so you're hardly going to get a decent debate out of me regardless.
elhebbo16  +   649d ago
I dont think people understood the joke...
NameRemoved0017  +   649d ago
Most of the people who worked for Rare that made their best games now work for Crytek. Rare can't do anything nowadays besides make crappy kinect games.
FlyingFoxy  +   649d ago
Crysis is actually rather mediocre, and look how bad the games run even on high end hardware when they come out. It's flashy graphics with not much optimization.
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Dj7FairyTail  +   649d ago
because they dont work for Nintendo. Some do since Donkey Kong Country Returns is a reboot for Donkey Kong rare games.
RTheRebel  +   649d ago
If I see one fu@##$g Kinect Game at E3, no purchase.
And out of those 15 New IP's they better be good.
NameRemoved0017  +   649d ago
All the new exclusives will be kinect games and like Forza 5 lol.
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Dlacy13g  +   649d ago
@RTheRebel... Really? You already know there will be Kinect games at E3. You are a fool if you don't think that is happening. Seems like you are just here to state the obvious...as in you are a Sony fan and probably buying a PS4. Thanks for stating the obvious about the 15 titles needing to be good. Here I thought all of us were hoping the 15 games would be mediocre and subpar.
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Jek_Porkins  +   649d ago
Nice! Happy to see some positive things come out here. Rare made four or five of my Xbox 360 favorites this generation, Kameo, Viva Pinata 1 & 2, Perfect Dark Zero and Banjo Kazooie Nutes&Bolts!

Hopefully they do a full platform version of Banjo for the Xbox One, or a new Killer Instinct!
McScroggz  +   649d ago
Perfect Dark Zero?
Jek_Porkins  +   649d ago
Yea, it was a launch date game on the Xbox 360, I spent massive amounts of time in the multiplayer. I was pretty evenly split between Perfect Dark Zero and COD2 when the 360 launched back in 2005.
McScroggz  +   649d ago
I know what Perfect Dark Zero is, I bought a launch 360 as well. But it's one of your favorite 360 games this generation? We have different tastes ^_^
Jek_Porkins  +   649d ago
Are you surprised that people have different gaming tastes? Viva Pinata is a top 5 title for me this generation. I like all kinds of games, doesn't matter if they are controller based, motion based, or anything else. I like to game, have fun and I leave the drama for the young'uns to worry about.
McScroggz  +   649d ago
Ummmm, I didn't say anything about Viva Pinata. Trust me, I like all kinds of games too, I just thought Perfect Dark Zero being one of your favorite 360 games this generation was...interesting. And probably hyperbolic.
Jek_Porkins  +   649d ago
Nope, it'd be in my top 15 for sure, I still have my Limited Edition copy of it, I managed to get 100% of the Achievements as well, which is rare for me, but happened naturally with me just playing the online modes and beating the single player.
Gravity_DoGG  +   649d ago
i loved the GOOD old banjo kazooie games. but Microsoft seriously cant get there shit together...

Kos-Mos  +   649d ago
This is not news. Everyone knows THE Rare we all loved is dead....may they be remembered for a long long time.
LoveOfTheGame  +   649d ago
Most devs are not the same they used to be, but they are still the ones with the licenses to the games we love so we can only hope they can deliver.
DivineAssault  +   649d ago
Rare will never be the same as it was with nintendo.. That day is dead & its time to move forward..
Ashlen  +   649d ago
I know what your saying Phil. My boss is also the greatest person ever, a real humanitarian.
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jdaboss  +   649d ago
RARE hasnt done sh!t of relevance in a looooooong time..
stage88  +   649d ago
PR Bullsh--
Belking  +   649d ago
izumo_lee  +   649d ago
Would have liked to hear from the actual developer mouths saying things like this rather than some executive.

So far everything out of Microsoft has been a lot of spinning & unorganized information about stuff that really matters. I know it is mostly PR but it seems there is many things that Microsoft is not telling the public about this new system. A little shady one would think.
testerg35  +   649d ago
Ok.. if the dev said they loved working for MS, Sony fans would say the dev has to say that since MS pays the checks.
SDF Repellent  +   649d ago
If Rare is to redeem itself, it needs to show it at E3 with Killer Instinct, Perfect Dark, and Conker. For heaven sake, I'll take even a RC- Pro Am or a Battletoad game from their Nintendo days; anything but Kinect Sports.
SOULJER  +   649d ago
Hey remember Phil Harrison when he worked for Sony. Anybody recall what X-box fanboys use to say about him, and his mother. LOL. That was rare.
testerg35  +   649d ago
LOL.. Kinda like how Sony fans would call that Valve guy a fat pig and then now he's pretty much Adonis.
Dlacy13g  +   649d ago
Rare certainly still makes good games but their talents haven't been put to the best use and display in recent history. Lets hope they really do comeback and become a major player in the development circle.
from the beach  +   649d ago
Can't wait to see their next game!
devilhunterx  +   649d ago
Dont they make Kinect only games now?
PS4isKing_82  +   649d ago
Rare's best games and days are behind them. Their last great game was conker for the n64.
jonboi24  +   649d ago
Of course their happy all the disgruntled and important people left that studio.
FlyingFoxy  +   649d ago
People who look forward to a proper Banjo and Conker game will be disappointed, best hope Wii U gets similar games, or even PS4.
Summons75  +   649d ago
That completely contradicts what ex rare employees say. Most of them loved it when they started with ms but then once the Kinect focus hit it went to the dumps and they left.
hazelamy  +   649d ago
in a follow up statement, he said "i've also got this bridge for sale".


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