Rare: Half the studio working on secret projects

Speaking to at the Develop conference in Brighton last week, Nick Burton, a senior software engineer at Rare, revealed that currently announced Rare titles only account for half the development studio.

Asked directly if Rare would be making a second Kameo title Burton replied: "This is where I have to be enigmatically vague. Never say never. I'll say that I'm not working on one at the moment. I'm not working on one at the moment. Doesn't mean nobody else is, but that doesn't mean they are either. Sorry. For the obvious PR reasons we can't talk about what we're doing now."

He went on to suggest that there's plenty going on behind closed doors at Rare that should have gamers getting very excited.

"All I can say is, you know about VP2 (Viva Piñata Trouble in Paradise), Viva Piñata on DS, Banjo obviously. There's a couple of things on the roster that are going to be pretty cool as well. Obviously you do the math. Look at the size and how big the Banjo team currently needs to be, how big our shared technology group and asset group are. Look at the number of games and how they're staggered and how many teams we have. There's about half the studio missing from the release schedule at the moment (laughs)," said Burton.

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InMyOpinion3779d ago (Edited 3779d ago )

Would be cool if they did something a little more hardcore. Swap some of the color and furry animals for I don't know...blood? =)

gaffyh3779d ago

I'm guessing a new perfect dark.

Superfragilistic3779d ago (Edited 3779d ago )

Conker is about as edgy as Rare gets, and quite frankly I like it that way. Plenty of blood and gore from everyone else anyhow... ;)

If you want hardcore you should really be asking for a Battletoads remake! :)

Kratos Spartan3779d ago

That is one game I would love to see now. And give me Killer Instinct.

That Rash looks like a Pimple surrounded by Zits

La Chance3779d ago (Edited 3779d ago )

very disapointed to what they did with the new Banjo , the whole "vehicle" thing.I was REALLY hoping they were going to do some kind of real Banjo game.Just have to wait to see what it gives.

It would be cool if they made a new Pefrect Dark.I had the N64 but never played Perfect Dark , so want to see whats so ccol about it.

I heard PD zero was pretty bad.

InMyOpinion3779d ago (Edited 3779d ago )

I guess you are right when I think about it. We have enough gritty, bloodsoaked games coming out this generation. Battletoads would be cool but a new Conker wouldn't be too shabby either =)

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Silly Poor Xbots3779d ago

Poor Xbots

Poor Xbots, those half are still crying about M$ buying them.

Poor Xbots

ukilnme3779d ago

Poor Us

Poor Us, once again you failed at your suicide attempt.

Poor Us

ToastyMcNibbles3779d ago

@ silly poor xbots your comments are hilarious dude i always read them like its a poem and i love the repetition of "poor xbots"

Pain3779d ago

so we make fugtasticly Crap on PC err XBOX 2...


Superfragilistic3779d ago

"RARE : The GOOD Half of the Company left to Free Rad when M$ bought it.
so we make fugtasticly Crap on PC err XBOX 2... as opposed to Free Rad who went on to make Haze."

Fixed. ;)

You're makin me feel dirty! lol

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TOSgamer3779d ago

to Kameo and Perfect Dark in the works. I think both could be fantastic now that they aren't under the gun to deliver 2 launch titles.

thenickel3779d ago

Well it would be nice to see a new Kameo, Killer Instinct, and much better Perfect Dark released. I have a lot of faith in rare and can't wait to see what they come up with.

Superfragilistic3779d ago (Edited 3779d ago )

Yeah they could turn Kameo into a real Zelda type franchise if they got some serious time and reworking with it. And a Jet Force/Killer Instinct game would be great.

There's so many other franchises they could be working on though. Blast Corps, Battletoads, Conker, Wizard and Warriors, Jetpac, etc...

And I suspect Banjo on XBLA is a test run with Nintendo, before they revisit the possibility of Goldeneye.

Dark_Vendetta3779d ago

Conker 2! please let it happen!! Kameo 2 would be nice too by the way.
With Banjo3, 1&2 on XBLA, Viva Pinata 2, the new XBLA game (forgot the name), and the secret projects there is quite a lot stuff coming from Rare

Superfragilistic3779d ago (Edited 3779d ago )

Yeah it's amazing really, MS has a lot of secret projects that are starting to leak, which seems to indicate their in house development is starting to find its stride and rhythm... which quite frankly is about time!

Rare have three confirmed projects which given the quote above, suggests there's at least two if not three in the pipeline.

Lionhead have Fable 2 and the XBLA titles confirmed, but they have kept the Dmitri AI project and another project under wraps (Syndicate MMO please!). The selfish part of me would love to see a streamlined version of "The Movies" where I could cast my Avatar and others into my machinima and share over Live.

Turn 10 have been exceptionally quiet, but it appears they are well into Forza 3 and perhaps another IP (PGR?).

Bungie whilst now third party remains very tight lipped about at least three projects published by MS that speculate as Halo FPS/TPS, remake of Oni/Marathon, and fresh IP.

Wingnut (Peter Jackson) has the one confirmed Halo: Chronicles project, and in addition is signed to do an original exclusive IP to boot.

Lots of rumours to think about! lol

thenickel3779d ago

Did you say blast corps lol? That game was one of my favorites back in the day.

Superfragilistic3779d ago (Edited 3779d ago )

Certainly did mate. Rare have done so many great games it's not funny. I still remember Marble Madness, Battletoads, RC Pro Am, Snake Rattle n Roll, Digger T Rock, and Wizards and Warriors on the NES like it was yesterday! :)

And yes Blast Corps, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Donkey Kong Country, Banjo Kazooie/Tooie, Donkey Kong 64, Jet Force Gemini, Killer Instinct, and Conker were all exceptional titles/franchises on Nintendo consoles, and almost all are personal favourites! lol

Have a trip down memory lane and go to and then click "Timeline" for all their titles. :)

Or you could be boring and go here but it doesn't have that Rare kitsch! ;)

In fact the only other developer I've loved as much, but on PC, was Bullfrog and imo its spiritual successor, Lionhead. Maybe I just love the way Poms make their games! lol

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