Microsoft Discusses Classics From Developer Rare


Microsoft-owned Rare properties, like Banjo Kazooie and Perfect Dark may make a comeback if the company has their way, according to a recent podcast.

In their heyday, Rare was a top developer, notably for the Nintendo 64, releasing high-selling titles across several genres. Since their buyout, however, most Rare titles have been relegated to Kinect games with little publicity.

Speaking with the Inner Circle podcast, Microsoft Studios creative director Ken Lobb said that developing older IPs for future generations is within the realm of possibility.

“Will there ever be another Banjo, Viva, Blast Corps, Battletoads? Yeah, someday. Does that mean it’s coming this year? No. Does that mean it’ll never come? Absolutely not. We have a lot of passion internally for each of the games. And we have surprises in store in the near and long future,” said Lobb.

“”I think the best message to give to your listeners is we love the old IP as much as you do. Please be patient because we can only build so much at a time.”

While no games were confirmed, Lobb did deny that the studio is currently not working on a new Perfect Dark title, though the franchise is mentioned frequently in discussions on which titles to revive.

The UK-based studio did tease plans earlier this year, stating that 2015 would be “huge,” according to Gamespot.


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