Submitted by Sangria 2214d ago | news

Kameo 2 canned by Microsoft

Rare's secretly in-the-works Kameo sequel is just one casualty of a Microsoft project cull at the studio, to make way for more Natal development, CVG has learned.

Earlier this year the UK developer underwent a "company-wide restructure" to implement a "new approach" to its in-development projects, Microsoft revealed. (Kameo: Elements of Power, Xbox 360)

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Myst  +   2214d ago
this about sums it up.

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Kimbo Slice  +   2214d ago
^lol, this reminds me of the 50mil gta DLC fiasco
microsoft putting there eggs in one basket again but results end in embarrassment, judgin by the wii's decline motion gaming is what we all knew it was.. a FAD/GIMMICK, and sony and microsoft are jumping on this bandwagon way too late
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leila01  +   2214d ago
That Natal game better be fvcking good, or else...
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badz149  +   2214d ago
LOL @ the vader!
I was excited about Kameo but maybe at that time because it looked shinier than other games on PS2. it was an OK game but have potential if done right! for those who is expecting the next game, surely this is as bummer!
Anon1974  +   2214d ago
I was afraid this would happen.
Rare's a great studio overall. It's sad to see them hijacked in Microsoft's attempt to grab some of Nintendo's casuals.

If Natal was so promising, they wouldn't be forcing studios to work on it, the studios would be lining up to make games for it.
Sarcasm  +   2214d ago
Of course it's canned, they're saving up money in their piggy banks to buy GTA V DLC.
Godmars290  +   2214d ago
Rare was a great studio. Until MS got involved. This is just another example.

Not that they couldn't have a Kameo Natal title.
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Sitdown  +   2214d ago
@darkride66 and Godmars290
That's right...blame it on Microsoft, but ask yourself this....why did Nintendo let Rare go so easily? Perhaps they saw the signs of a declining Rare, with that said...Rare has not necessarily been a bad company this generation....and if they truly have canned Kameo 2, then that is definitely a disappointment for me.
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vhero  +   2214d ago
Hahaha quality they can a potentially great game for an accessory that probably wont even do much for the console well done MS. They are really putting there eggs in 1 basket here.
likedamaster  +   2214d ago
Unfortunate... Kameo:EOP was such a great game.
BRG9000  +   2214d ago
I think you guys are underestimating
that there must have been issues with the development of Kameo 2. If it was coming along on schedule and looking like a solid title, they would not just can it. Most likely there were problems with the timeline or direction that played into the decision that they would rather put the resources into Natal.
4Sh0w  +   2214d ago
Since when was Kameo2 a must have sequel?
"Our source clarified that disappointing sales of the 360 launch game - and not just the march towards Natal - also played a factor in its cancellation."

Although it didn't have any replay value for me, I actually liked Kameo, but I remember alot of folks saying they didn't like it much, now that Kameo2 is canned, its "OMG why did microsoft do that?", well maybe because Rare can do something bettter with Natal.
starvinbull  +   2213d ago
Just highlights the difference between Sony and M$.

M$ have tens if not hundreds of millions for third party devs but nothing for their own.

Sony have tens if not hundreds of millions for their own devs but nothing for third party devs.

There are advantages to both approaches but when you see a successful developer being starved of cash it makes you wonder.

Let Rare make whatever they want I say, otherwise why buy them out in the first place?
Johnny Rotten  +   2214d ago
too bad, kameo could be a good series. I'd by kameo over natal any day.
SL1M DADDY  +   2214d ago
Indeed this is a bummer.
I actually enjoyed the first Kameo. I would have been in for a second game of the series. I enjoy platform games and now it would seem that the king in platformers is Ratchet & Clank. MS had a decent competitor in Kameo and now they don't. Bummer.
Dark_Vendetta  +   2214d ago
I liked Kameo too. So FU MS
bigrudowsky  +   2214d ago
yup i was looking forward to it as well.
volcane  +   2214d ago
Shame, I enjoyed Kameo.
RealityCheck  +   2214d ago
I agree, it was a good entry title. Would have been interesting to see them expand on that with a sequel.
krisq  +   2214d ago
Looks like...
Rare guys lost their touch :/
Redempteur  +   2214d ago
NOt really they were just made too things that aren't games ... like avatars ...

Sure you'll be able to see the bottom of a shoe 's avatar with natal ..but i think i'll rather see another rare game ....
El_Colombiano  +   2214d ago
No they didn't lose it, just limited by M$
Redempteur  +   2214d ago
sorry i didnot see the banjoo vibe in nuts and bolts ...
thereapersson  +   2214d ago
The first Kameo was a decent game! I would have liked to see the direction they would have taken with the sequel, tbh...
RealityCheck  +   2214d ago
That's funny we said almost the same thing at the same time (see above).

I like diversity and Kameo was one of the rare platformer this generation.
thereapersson  +   2214d ago
Hah, I just noticed that.

And lol @ your unintended pun
Halo3 MLG Pro  +   2214d ago
The first one was good but they should cancel everything and work on Killer Instinct.
Troll_Police  +   2214d ago
I agree that they should work on Killer Instinct 3 but I'm also afraid that Rare would only screw it up like they did with Perfect Dark Zero.
Silly gameAr  +   2214d ago
I agree
I would love to see a new Killer Instinct.
Sitdown  +   2214d ago
I disagree...
Killer Instinct could not and would not ever live up to the hype and nostalgia...unless they go the SFIV route, but even then that would be a stretch I thought there were Easter Eggs hinting at a Killer Instinct release...anyhoo, I would rather have Kameo 2, there is so much potential in that series, and the 360 lacks Ratchet/Jak type titles.
Dick Jones  +   2214d ago
Killer Instinct + 360 D-pad = BAARRRRFFF
The SF D-pad's not being wireless is pathetic in this generation. Will not buy.
Fozzy25  +   2214d ago
I think we know what this all means, Natal is the future for the X360.
militant07  +   2214d ago
thats not bad news for me, not at all.

i didnt like Kameo,

i think they should make more games same as BK nuts & bolts or Viva Pinata, they are so addictive,simple and fun.
DARK WITNESS  +   2214d ago
while I didn't like Kameo personally and I never played it...

I don't think this is good news at all. It shows a trend, think about it this way. At least we are hearing about this one, How many other hardcore games ( not that Kameo was hardcore per-say ) have been canned because of Natal that we will never know about?

I like the 360 and I am still a fan of it, but so far I am in no way, shape or form, impressed or convinced by natal.

Until I see some real hardcore stuff running on it, all I see it as is MS trying to take a knife to Nintendo's very BIG cake to steal a slice..... at the expense of the better 360 games which the system so far has become known for.

I don't like it, but will have to see what they do instead. If it's some rubish motion mario cart like game... well..
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militant07  +   2214d ago
i mean i hope they canned it to work on muc better game, whish fun, inovative ,addective and fun
madpuppy  +   2214d ago
Microsoft thinks it's Nintendo apparently...
games...who needs 'em...

Droid Control  +   2214d ago
Does anyone care?
Seriously. The first game was mediocre at best.
Chubear  +   2214d ago
Dont' tell that to the 360 base. They view it as one of their AAA titles of all time. They love to hype absolute mediocrity.
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likedamaster  +   2214d ago
Tell that to Insomniac, after the 2nd R&C it got mediocre and "the same". Kameo was a new IP coming into a new generation of video games, it was a great concept with perfect execution. I disagree. Blame the 360 gamers who wanted a more hardcore title, but you wouldn't know nothing about that either of you never owned a 360.
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PandemicPrawn0  +   2214d ago
Rare have produced some high quality games this gen.

But for some reason they are not getting the support from the "hardcore" community.

I don't know if its the art style being to cutesy or weather the content is not mature enough but games like Nuts and Bolts and Viva Pinata have been very well received critically.

Rare have been doing a good job at trying to diversify the 360's library, but gamers don't seem to want it.
rmedtx888  +   2214d ago
I think that MS is sticking their nose too much into Rare's affairs. I agree they own it but they are not letting them reach their potential. I will not be surprised if one of these days they close the studio arguing that it was a business decision.
devilhunterx  +   2214d ago
omg! quick someone make a poll about it. <the outrage!>
Henry Cain  +   2214d ago
This was a horrible game.
green  +   2214d ago
Did not like the first one so this news does not bother me.Sucks for Kameo fans though.
PS360PCROCKS  +   2214d ago
:( Kameo was cool, I wanted a sequel.
W S K  +   2214d ago
damn M$!!!
Kameo was a fantastic game and i would L.O.V.E to see a sequel ;)
though wee don´t know all the reasons why they made this decision...(what were they thinking?! :D *put AVGN voice in here*)
but i hope that it shows up...maybe mid-end next year??? ....or whenever they could....

PandemicPrawn0  +   2214d ago
Not too upset about Kameo2 as I never played the first.

However the statement.

"The company is reviewing the current composition of its development teams and there is the possibility that a small number of current positions could be lost as a result of these changes,"

Has me a bit worried. What are Microsoft doing with their already small group of first party developers?
Freak of Nature  +   2214d ago
You are right.I am concerned aswell....

My first thought is they are getting rid of the Banjo/Conker/Kameo people/artists and hiring new Casual/mini game devs....

The comment "as a result of these changes" makes me think bye,bye old talent,hello new casual.Natal talent.Sounds like a complete turn-about..If not complete,then a sure change and route...
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VanHalen  +   2214d ago
Kameo is still one of my favs!
Still one of my all time favorite games for the 360! This is one of the reasons i havent sold my 360, i just love Kameo! The graphics were just incredible. MS just keeps getting worse and worse.
stuna1  +   2214d ago
Great find, excellent read! And to others it's time to look past the smoke and, mirrors stop grabbing for every bone thrown at you! Speak up and hold corporations accountable for their actions, be it Sony, Nintendo or, Microsoft.
Silentmerc3nary  +   2214d ago
This is so lame. I really wanted a sequel. Microsoft should let Rare do what they want. If they did, we will have seen a conker, kameo 2, and who knows what else.
DarkSniper  +   2214d ago
Rare has been nothing but a laughingstock and obviously a shell of it's former self. As they do with all development companies, Microsoft has ruined what was once a great subsidiary of Nintendo. XBox 360's limitations and inferior infastructure has hindered the thought process of the geniuses behind some of the greatest titles of the 90's.

The fact is that Rare needs Sony in order to enhance their development potential. Under Sony's supervision, gamers would be ensured that they receive a proper sequel to Killer Instinct, Conker and a true successor to Goldeneye 007. But instead what you're left with is cancelled titles and betas to games that will never come to fruition. Goldeneye 360, Perfect Dark remake and Kameo to be prime examples.

What Microslaves do not understand is that Microsoft executives are so far out of touch with reality, they have no clue to what the gaming audience truly wants. Therefore Rare is nothing more than a rotting piece of meat, waiting for the maggots to surround it and decompose into nothingness.

Dark Sniper will continue to enjoy AAA titles with or without Rare, simply because he owns a PlayStation®3. Sorry Microslaves, if you're lucky you'll get a Grabbed By the Goulies 2.

PandemicPrawn0  +   2214d ago
@ Darksniper
I don't know why you think Rare are a laughingstock.

I suspect it's only because they are currently part of Microsoft's first party.

As I have stated above Rare have been releasing solid games all this gen. Gamers like yourself just don't want to support them for some reason.

I don't like to post list of games with Metacritic scores so I won't, but after taking a look I can tell you that the lowest score for a game that Rare have released this gen was 79 and that game was Kameo.

That's not bad for a developer who you claim to be "a shell of it's former self".
Pirateogta  +   2214d ago
You won't be enjoying any more AAA titles on your PS3 than 360 owners will be enjoying on their 360s.

According to MetaCritic, so far this year the 360 and PS3 are completely tied with AAA games. They both have 6 AAA games, 3 of those being exclusives.

Xbox 360

Street Fighter IV (93)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (92)
Forza Motorsport 3 (92) *EXCLUSIVE*
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony (91) *EXCLUSIVE*
FIFA Soccer 10 (91)
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (90) *EXCLUSIVE*


Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (96) *EXCLUSIVE*
Street Fighter IV (94)
FIFA Soccer 10 (91)
Killzone 2 (91) *EXCLUSIVE*
Batman: Arkham Asylum (91)
MLB 09: The Show (90) *EXCLUSIVE*

And don't say anything about TLAD and TBoGT being expansions, because they have more gameplay content and higher presentation values than practically every $60 game to come out this year.
keysy420  +   2214d ago
i agree
fanboys say what you want, but sony makes good games, and get good games, out(eventually) still. those sony boys once they get a good title they will push it and not over kill it.
Biggunz  +   2214d ago
C'MON now....your actually counting expansion packs?...LOL
Freak of Nature  +   2214d ago
If part of the reason for canning Kameo 2 was because of "poor" sales,then why did they get so deep in development to begin with? Low sales is a false!

It' all about Natal for them now.

Casual/mini games from rare incoming!

I just wish they stuck to what they "did" best in their golden days.Quirky/stylish toon/caricature based act/platformers...Conker,Banjo , to name a couple...

I still hope something of their magic is still around,and that it appears sometime next year,and hope that all of what they are going to have is not just casual shovelware...
Pootangpie  +   2214d ago
good kameo sucked anyways
give me a sequal to conker that defintly would be a lot more preferable MS was smart for canning that dud
keysy420  +   2214d ago
duh it got early life cycle treatment
like heavenly sword not saying it was a bad game but came out too early in life cycle.
keysy420  +   2214d ago
you forgot demon souls, fat princess,ratchet and clank, infamous all exclusive, you fckin fanboys are annoying, fat princess isnt 60 but the others are, and all canidate for game of the year.
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Elven6  +   2214d ago
An AAA title when it comes to reviews is something that has at least a 90% average on sites like Metacritic. HOWEVER, just because a game is not "AAA" does NOT disqualify it from being a GOTY contender.

Fat Princess: 79

http://www.metacritic.com/g... Princess

Ratchet and Clank: 86


Demon's Soul 89:


inFamous: 85


THAT BEING SAID, who cares? A great game is a great game regardless of "AAA" status. Both the retail front and downloadable front saw great releases, in other words, it's great for gamers.
VanHalen  +   2214d ago
Jijoro  +   2214d ago
Pirateogta thats 4 for the 360 when l4d 2 comes out. I like Rare one of my favorite games this gen viva pinata and I loved all the games they made when I played my N64.
wingman32x  +   2214d ago
Sigh... Natal better be freakin awesome that's all I have to say.
Darrius Cole  +   2214d ago
This is stupid
Microsoft needs to be adding exclusive franchises, not taking them away.
BlackIceJoe  +   2213d ago
I thought both PDZ and Kameo both sold over a million. If so and Kameo can't get a sequel that sucks. I for one want to know what happens next. I think the Kameo world is rich and could allow for some really cool games. I would have loved if Kameo 2 was more open ended and was an Action/Adventure RPG. Because I think that would have worked for the Kameo universe. I so hope some day Rare will get another chance to make a new Kameo game.
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