Rare has Microsoft’s full support after Kinect snub & new games in the works

Thursday, 19th June 2014 10:30 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One may be ditching Kinect as a mandatory requirement, but that doesn’t mean Kinect-producing studio Rare is going down the pan. Microsoft’s Phil Harrison has pledged the company’s full support, and revealed that Rare has a couple of exciting new games in development.


It follows Microsoft’s Phil Spencer explaining how the Xbox One can scale Kinect’s presence to allow for 10% more GPU power. Check it out if this issue has baffled you so far.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Harrison hoped to address any concerns over Rare’s future following the laying-off of 16 staff and the dropping of Kinect from hardware bundles.

“I’m very happy to go on record to alleviate any of those concerns you might have,” he began, then went on, “We are very fortunate in having Rare and Lionhead in the UK as crown jewels of Microsoft Studios.”

He added that Rare is working on a couple of new titles that Harrison said would be revealed when the time is right.

“I’m really excited by the things they’re doing and I believe you will be as well when you hear about them,” he continued.

“Rare is an incredible talent and they have some very very ambitious plans for the future and we’re supporting them in every way we can.”

Eurogamer notes that rumours circulating the internet suggest that Rare made a significant loss on Kinect Sport: Rivals, so it’s perhaps assuring that Microsoft has the studio’s back in difficult times.

What’s your take?



  1. Luciferous

    It’s a shame that the Rare we loved during the N64 days are long gone, otherwise I would be excited to hear that they may be allowed to make games not surrounding that… abomination… of a peripheral.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. Triggerhappy

    @1: +1000

    #2 6 months ago
  3. Gheritt White

    They should resurrect Perfect Dark Core, Blast Corps 2 and Banjo-Kazooie Kart Racing.

    Or they could take their old Kameo 2 prototype and rebrand it – that game was boss.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. Legendaryboss

    What is this then?

    #4 6 months ago
  5. polygem

    rare could really be their joker

    #5 6 months ago
  6. ManuOtaku

    well i dont see rare losing quality since the move from nintendo to microsoft. All Their games under microsoft were great, especially Both viva pinata and Banjo nuts and bolts, the only one that was not as good, was perfect dark zero, but i did enjoy it.

    Hope They will make a new banjo, old school or like nuts and bolts, and a new viva pinata. Ah and of course a new conker as well.

    #6 6 months ago
  7. bradk825

    It’s too bad KS: Rivals wasn’t successful in sales. I really enjoy playing it with the fam. The dream of getting gamers off their ass seems to be dying.

    #7 6 months ago
  8. LovesALLformats

    Rare needs to bust out a Banjo, viva, conker or something, that will make Xbox more appealing. Rare has a amazing collection of classic IPS. Take a risk. U announce a new conker or Banjo, internet will mwlt

    #8 6 months ago
  9. bradk825

    @8 Specifically Conker.

    #9 6 months ago
  10. dazedonthemoon

    RIP Rare of the past. You will forever be missed.

    #10 6 months ago
  11. sebastien rivas

    I agree with @1,2, and 3

    But there is a gazillions ways to make a game coexist across peripherals.
    Now Kinect by itself it a great tool but until now has been misused or at least not to the expectation of “gamers”. Rare is one of them who could revive the peripheral but they cannot do it alone. They will need extra little effort from Microsoft to turn the peripheral around and make it more “gamer” and less “entertainment”.

    Well, that is the way I view it

    #11 6 months ago
  12. Anarky23

    Please tell me their having Rare go back to making good games and not Kinect games that no one is asking for.

    #12 6 months ago

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