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Natal allows Microsoft and Rare to be on the same page

Tuesday, 25th August 2009 22:08 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Rare’s design director, George Andreas, has told VideoGamer that Microsoft and the Banjo developer are finally on the same page, thanks to Natal.

“I do feel in many ways that – and I’ve said this to some people as well – for me this is really the first time that Microsoft and Rare are on a very similar path,” he said. “We’ve obviously been tasked to create experiences that nobody else can create, which explains things like your Kameos and your Piñatas and your Banjos. But obviously the hardware is aimed at a different demographic, and so we’ve always battled against that.

“Whereas now with Natal, it looks like the roads are on the same path. It’s a union of the two philosophies of the different companies, I guess. Natal is supposed to reach out to a broader audience and a broader consumer, and Rare’s products are always aiming in that direction as well. So from that perspective the future looks incredibly bright for us really. It’s definitely something everyone’s enthused about and energized about.”

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  1. Gekidami

    Looking at what and how Rares done this gen i think they need a gimmick to shift their future games really…

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Michael O'Connor

    Looking at what and how Rares done this gen i think they need a gimmick to shift their future games really…”

    Completely ignoring the fact that Banjo Kazooiee and Viva Pinata are both excellent games.

    Blind, biased cynicism = fail.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. DarkElfa

    I don’t think people understand exactly how much of a push and how much money MS is going to put behind this thing. I’m expecting dozens of games supported at launch along with Windows support and probably patches to enable back support for previously released games. This is the big MS we’re talking about here, they never go small or foolish into a product.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Withnail

    And to think it’s only seven years since they were acquired for $375 million. Great work MS!

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    Every 6 weeks Rare employees and Microsoft employees get together for a knife fight to the death. True story.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Cort

    Yes O’Connor, $375 million well spent. Get real.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    @DarkElfa
    “This is the big MS we’re talking about here, they never go small or foolish into a product.”

    Like the current 360 camera which they have massively supported … oh wait …

    Actually I agree with your general sentiment. MS is going to run with this big time. They really do need a killer app though, and their track record with this sort of broad market stuff is not good. “You’re in the Movies” anyone?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. theevilaires

    oh you mean failure :P

    #8 5 years ago
  9. bugmenot

    Rare are Nintendos baby, their games would sell much better on the wii, going by their target market.
    i find it hard to believe the developers of titles like Goldeneye and Perfect Dark could say they have trouble catering to a more traditional core market, looks like a lot of the key Goldeneye staff did leave for Free Radical after all.
    Nintendo should buy them back, doubt they’d pay 375 million now though.

    #9 5 years ago