Kombo writes: "Microsoft just threw away two first party studios, and they probably aren't the last. If this trend continues, Rare's existence is potentially in jeopardy."
Well, lets see. Rare have created two first party titles for this year and made the Avatar system for the 'New XBOX Experience' to tempt new gamers in from the Wii and Microsoft probably own the IP of those for future titles. Quite possible, they've pretty much done their job in the eyes of MS. MS got a successful IP (Viva Pinata) and a system (Avatars) out of them and probably own BK's IP. = Wham Bam, thank you Rare. Expect Rare to be shuffled around and to lose all quirky identity that they've stood for so many years or just to be left out in the open with no publisher if both games don't perform as great as GeOW2 or Fable2.
...for getting rid of Rare? Sounds like MS is not just screwing the little guys anymore, it's the up yours treatment for everybody.
Microsoft is trying to say that they don't need the hardcore gamers anymore just like nintendo and Microsoft is out to get the big bucks that the Wii has been cashing in for the past year. Customers support is more worth than money and this is something Microsoft has yet to learn. Too bad that they don't know that Wii was a trend that is fading out. It had it's peak around summer this year. Everyone knows that doing too much makes you fail at everything, just look at too human. I hope that Microsoft has an escape plan if this new casual 360 fails horribly.
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no they wont do that, and if they did, a lot of gamers will go to Redmond,Washington with Pitchforks and flames.
why the b.s ? Untill we hear otherwise i think mgs are just focusing there teams !
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I think alot of hardcore gamers are going to be moving over to the Sony camp. Microsoft is essentially handing Sony their pie. Sony likes pie. I like pie and I'm sure you guys all like pie.
Apple pie Banana cream pie Chicken Pot pie Hair pie They'er all good.
WTF are you doing, M$? You do realize game developers make games, right?
The article is totally wrong headed imho...M$ is probably looking to cut cost by eliminating those extras of those psuedo-independent developer, who were fully owned by M$. Now, there will be only MGS, and no Esemble identity, no bungie identity, no Rare identity...etc etc etc.
If so Microsoft propably will have a good reason. They will certainly not dump their ip or skilled personel. Furthermore rare plays a important role in their strategy for obtaining a broader market. Also considering the history of the brand Rare is very unlikely that they wil disband rare. I beleve that the Rare studios won't be disbanded but instead will be invested in. Continuing what they have been doing making games which have a more mass market appeal and expanding he xbox live experience.
once being on Nintendo consoles and now the Arcade version of the360 being cheaper than the Wii. I feel any dev that can possibly entice the younger generation of gamers and parents alike with a product like the 360 would be Rare. Their games have the kiddy appeal, but if given enough expierence it can have deeper adult appeal too!. I feel Microsoft should keep Rare... especially until I get my damn Killer Instinct 3!!!
Seems like a strange move - but when you get one company bough out - sometimes it makes sense to merge them. But creativity suffers if you have to toe one corporate line - but there could be some cost savings. Time will tell if a super big studio or a couple of independand 1st and 2nd party studios is the best way to go.
Considering the absurd amount of money that Microsoft spent on Rare back in 2002, I don't believe that they'd simply dissolve the studio. I could be just fooling myself, though.
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