Rare hiring for cloud-based Kinect title, ‘jaw-dropping’ next-gen project

Thursday, 29th November 2012 10:20 GMT By Dave Cook

Rare is currently hiring for a new project that uses both Kinect and cloud-based technology. That doesn’t sound like Killer Instinct 3 to us. Regardless, get the details below.

As spotted by OXM, a job posting for ‘Principal Network Services Engineer’ states:

“Following on from the success of ‘Kinect Sports’ and its recent sequel ‘Kinect Sports: Season Two’, Rare is continuing to push the boundaries of the Kinect hardware with our exciting new project. We’re looking for an experienced and passionate engineer to join us on this journey.

“This role will involve you working as part of the Cloud Services engineering team in order to develop and deliver Cloud Services for our current and future products. As part of your role, you will be required to work closely with Artists, Designers, Producers and Program Managers.

“As a Principal, you may also be expected to undertake some elements of leadership including mentoring other engineers and helping drive the direction of Cloud Services in our future titles.”

The following job requirements also make repeated mention of cloud-based features, stating that the successful candidate must, “Deliver cloud services that support gameplay, data sharing and title instrumentation, work closely with design in order to define ambitious cloud services within our upcoming titles,” and “Contribute to the long-term cloud services strategy at Rare to ensure we will be able to provide players with the services they expect from future titles.”

Elsewhere, a second job post for ‘Gameplay Engineer’, points at Xbox 720 involvement, and, “Working with extremely early prototype hardware co-developed with teams located off-site.”

The post describes the product as a, “Jaw-dropping, never-been-done-before Rare project.”

So, Kinect, the Cloud, ‘jaw-dropping’ and next-gen. What could that mean? Get theorising below.



  1. Moonwalker1982

    And here i was hopeful that Rare actually was making something for the hardcore gamers for next gen. I thought they were hiring for a next-gen shooter? But it’s all gonna be Kinect again, jesus.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SameeR_Fisher

    you lost me on Kinect part.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Deacon

    I wish I actually knew someone who bought and enjoyed these ‘party’ games on a regular basis, just so I knew that there are people like that out there. As it stands I just can’t imagine it, kids aside.

    Seems MS are going to keep pushing Kinect well into next gen.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Gheritt White

    Seems like MS are going to carry on using Rare to test out and develop for their in-house bleeding-edge tech.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. fightclubdoll

    BanjoKazooie-VivaPinata-Kameo?? =-D

    I’m just not on this Rare Kinect train… I want back the Rare I know.
    All the news from Rare that’s NOT that, just feels like bad news to me.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ManuOtaku

    So goodbye to the idea of kameo 2 for the launch of their next console, or a new viva piñata, or banjo kazzoie for that matter ;_;, i know theres a lot of people that think the microsoft Rare is not the Nintendo Rare, but for me they kept devoloping great games just like their Nintendo time, i did like all their 360 games.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    The Rare that we once knew, the one that made great games for Nintendo is long long long gone fellas. This Rare is just an empty husk. Corperate. Souless. Arm of Microsoft.

    #7 2 years ago

    Who said they’re hiring for a game?

    Cloud based stuff seems like it’s probably the 720 user interface IYAM.

    It was Rare who did the 360 avatars, was it not? They’ll probably just be looking to upgrade the experience, and get it fully cloud based.

    I’m sure that they can develop this sort of thing whilst working on a “Jaw-dropping, never-been-done-before Rare project” at the same time.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Moonwalker1982

    If i gotta be honest, Rare hasn’t been Rare at all anymore this gen. Kameo was fun but it was not like their gems like Donkey Kong Country, Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, Goldeneye 007 and so on. Banjo Kazooie N&B was horrible, a disgrace IMO and the Kinect games? No comment. The real talent left for Free Radical and some others to Media Molecule.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Gheritt White

    Um… I thought Media Molecule was founded by ex-Lionhead devs, rather than ex-Rare devs?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Cobra951


    Oh, come on. B:K Nuts and Bolts is a big colorful sandbox with Lego blocks and a complex erector set. Your creativity is its limit. There is nothing else like it. “Disgrace” is about as wrong a word as I’ve ever seen directed at it.

    #11 2 years ago

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