Microsoft isn’t ‘forcing’ anything on Rare as it evaluates what’s next after Kinect

Friday, 16th May 2014 17:39 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said Kinect Sports Rivals studio Rare is in the process of evaluating what it plans to develop next, now that the camera is no longer bundled with Xbox One.


Speaking with OXM, Spencer said Microsoft is working closely with the team as it decides upon its next project.

“[Rare has] just come off the successful launch of Kinect Sports Rivals,” said Spencer. “I think I’ve heard a few times from people asking about Rare – they’re in the process of evaluating what they want to do next, and we’re working closely with them to see what their new project will be.

“And I’ve also laughed when people have tried to use the word, what I “force” them to do – if you’re around any independent studio, or like Rare a studio that’s independent-minded, you’ll know that forcing a studio to do something is never a successful equation. So they’re free to look at all different kinds of opportunities, they always have been, and we’re having a great time trying to work out with them what their next game might be, but we have nothing to announce right now.”

Spencer’s comments seem to indicate Rare isn’t restricted to just making Kinect games, despite the firm stating last year it has ideas regarding bringing its classic games to the camera as well as new IP.



  1. DoubleM

    I don’t mind Spencer “forcing” Rare to make a new Perfect Dark.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Obernox

    Then explain this:

    #2 8 months ago
  3. ManuOtaku

    With Spencer this seems to be truth, he is focusing on games, but under matrick’s it wasnt the case at all.
    Whatevet They will end up developing will be good, all their xbox era games were good, especially viva pinata and nuts and bolts.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. Joe Musashi

    It’s far too early to proclaim Spencer as anything other than a well-trained corporate spokesperson. Frankly, a sack of potatoes would have been an improvement after Mattrick’s blunders and Micrsoft’s mixed messaging.

    It would be nice to see Rare given a chance to shine. Time will tell, but talk is cheap.

    @2 I knew somebody was going to post that video. :)


    #4 8 months ago
  5. fearmonkey

    A new Viva Pinata game would be nice…..
    I loved the first game, enough to get every achievement.

    #5 8 months ago
  6. MrSec84

    Let them make a Perfect Dark, Banjo or Conker game then people will buy this.

    Anything besides kinect games would be great, something decent from Rare’s past.

    #6 8 months ago
  7. BrokenSpline


    That company is dead and has been since shortly after the buyout when all the founders and original team left. They are now a Viva Pinata, Kinect type game developers.

    #7 8 months ago
  8. Stephany Nunneley

    @Joe Musashi @Obernox Actually, I almost linked it in the post but thought better of it. :p

    #8 8 months ago
  9. DjCowHerder

    Yes as long as it isn’t a kinect title I’m having for them to do whatever they want. Another Perfect Dark would be bliss.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. ddtd

    @BrokenSpline What’s wrong with Viva Pinãta?

    #10 8 months ago
  11. BrokenSpline


    I didn’t say there was anything wrong with their current games just that Rare of Nintendo and early Xbox days are gone.

    #11 8 months ago
  12. nostramo

    An other conker, or perhaps a more mature banjo, hell, who makes 3D platformers anyore, no one, maybe the genre is ready for a renaissance?

    #12 8 months ago
  13. kingy

    @Obernox That’s so funny coz it’s true lol

    #13 8 months ago
  14. klewd

    who cares? Rare is not the old Rare anyway. those people left a long time ago.

    People honestly think they’re going to remake PD/whatever, and if so, that it will be any good? The Rare(ware) that created Banjo-Kazooie, Goldeneye etc. are all gone.

    #14 8 months ago
  15. boiled lobster


    They want nostalgia. But a throwback to the Golden Age will look like Minecraft today. It is like bringing back Pong when we have FIFA 2014. Let great games die as classics rather than resurrected failures.

    #15 7 months ago
  16. klewd

    ” Let great games die as classics rather than resurrected failures.”

    #16 7 months ago

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