Our future projects “will surprise people,” says Rare

Monday, 17th November 2008 22:03 GMT By Mike


Speaking in a GI interview to be published in its entirety tomorrow, Rare studio manager Mark Betteriedge has said the company’s future projects won’t be what people expect.

“It’s more about what we will do to change conventional thinking of games and entertainment,” said Betteriedge in response to a question on the firm’s future.

“I don’t see us fighting the same battles as everybody else, I think some of the products we’ll do going forward will surprise a lot of people, both in terms of what they are and the different styles. I think that will be good.”

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  1. DaMan

    I don’t think it will be good.

    You’re irrelevant these days, Rare.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. morriss

    Who’s relevant, then?

    #2 6 years ago
  3. DaMan

    certainly not their new Perfect Dark and this BK shit.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Psychotext

    Funny really… I loved VP1 & VP2, enjoyed Kameo and am currently really enjoying BK:N&B (Too early to pass final judgement on that though).

    As a fan of their games though I really wish they’d just take on something more mainstream, if just to ensure their survival.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. morriss

    I’ll ask again: who’s relevant?

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    Well, in terms of sales I’d guess a lot of other people. :)

    #6 6 years ago
  7. DaMan

    their new games aren’t even comparable with what they did in the past.

    right.. PDZ was a try on mainstream.

    who’s relevant? SquareEnix are, Epic games are. LBP is quite relevant as well.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Shatner

    It’s not about who is or isn’t relevant. It’s about who’s qualified.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. DaMan

    they aren’t that qualified either.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. morriss

    Psycho: In terms of relevance to MS, considering they pretty much designed NXE, I’d say they were pretty relevant.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    Qualified DaMan? No-one knows their way around 360 hardware like Rare do. There’s a reason they get credited on so many 360 games… and it’s not because they’re good at delivering Pizza.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. DaMan

    I said they aren’t THAT qualified. like, Epic.

    and you can know your way around hardware, that doesn’t mean your games are necessarily as much fun.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. morriss

    Epic was the easy one. Who else?

    #13 6 years ago
  14. DaMan


    any dev that kicks ass is an easy one then.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. morriss

    Just answer the question.

    IF YOU DARE!!!



    #15 6 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    You’re right… but what are we talking about here. Qualified to make fun games? That’s down to the opinion of the player obviously. They clearly know how to make the most of the hardware though.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. DaMan

    I’ve basically answered your question, morriss.

    well, it’s not like Rare have John Carmack, and it’s not like 360 is that hard to develop for..

    show me someone who didn’t like PD on N64. that game was fun, and that wasn’t opinionated. their recent games are questionable.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. morriss

    You haven’t. You offered up your taste in games. Nothing else.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Psychotext

    DaMan… yet Kameo, VP and Banjo could easily find a place in the top 10 best looking games on the system.

    All that, and without John Carmack. Astounding!

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Smartypants

    PDZ was crap. Really awful. BK:N&B is good fun though!

    #20 6 years ago
  21. DaMan

    morriss, you are hillarious. no matter what your taste in games is, Epic make great games. it has nothing to do with anyones preferences.

    on the other hand, Rare are irrelevant and their games are mediocre at best anyway.

    I won’t deny they look good. but 360 is easy to develop for, and visuals in their games aren’t anything revolutionary anyway.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. morriss

    Right. Lets say I love Rare’s games and don’t like Epic’s. Just for fun, like. What then?

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Gekidami

    Then your tastes in games is offcially deemed: ‘poor’.

    #23 6 years ago

    Right. Lets say I love Rare’s games and don’t like Epic’s. Just for fun, like. What then?

    Does that mean that if Rare make the next Unreal Tournament and Epic make the next Killer Instinct, that you would like/dislike each game based on who made it?

    #24 6 years ago
  25. DrDamn

    I’d love to see them step out side the bright primary colour style. Not to go realistic but more stylised and less predictable.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. DaMan

    you seem to misunderstand me.. if you like tps, GoW is fantastic, but VP or BK aren’t anything spectacular anyway. PDZ was utter shit. Kameo is debatable, and it was being developed for ages. wow, one relatively good game, and it took them god knows how much time to make it..

    do you know why they didn’t resurrect Killer Instinct? because they would fail at making it these days.

    don’t forget that the founders of Rare left last year, and this doesn’t mean a very good future for this company.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. patlike

    Do you know what I love? Shaun White Snowboarding. What a great game that is.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. XDamage

    Lol. Nothing like getting paid huh? :D

    #28 6 years ago
  29. patlike

    Sorry, what was that? Tom Clancy’s EndWar, did you say?

    #29 6 years ago
  30. XDamage

    Oh my God! They lobotomized you, didn’t they! Pat, are you in there?! :)

    #30 6 years ago
  31. morriss

    Enter a snowboarding world of total freedom. You can create your own experience in SHAUN WHITE SNOWBOADING, and choose, when, where, how, and with whom you want to ride.

    #31 6 years ago
  32. XDamage

    Holy shit, this is getting scary. I’m outta here!

    #32 6 years ago

    I’ve just decided that I’m going to make a point of never buying either of those games (snowboarding and endwar), purely based on those offensive banner ads.


    Now they’ve backfired!

    #33 6 years ago
  34. Smartypants

    I still can’t believe how crap PDZ was

    #34 6 years ago

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