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

Thursday, 19 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.

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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.

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