At today’s announcement of the XBox One, Microsoft touted their stable of development studios.  One of those studios, UK-based Rare Ltd, has often been labelled as a major disappointment since being acquired by Microsoft in 2002.  After garnering critical acclaim for such games as Banjo-KazooieKiller Instinct, and Viva Pinata, they have been relegated to the creation of Kinect Sports titles.  Fortunately, it looks like we may get a chance to see the revival of at least on of their past greats in the near future.

Speaking to Polygon at today’s XBox Event, Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer stated that one of the developer’s franchises would be making an appearance at E3 this year.

Fans of Rare and Rare IP I think will be pleased with what we’re going to show at E3.  We had a limited amount of time today and a lot of story to tell. But Rare remains an incredibly important part of our development capability.

That historic IP that they’ve built I think can play a real important role on Xbox One.

We’re not sure exactly which of their franchises will be making a comeback, but we’re more than happy to speculate.  Rare still owns the rights to Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, Conker, and recently renewed the trademark for Killer Instinct.  Before the dawn of the Kinect, they developed XBox 360 exclusive titles such as Kameo: Elements of Power and Viva Piñata.

I’m personally keeping my fingers crossed for a proper return of Joanna Dark, but logic tells me to look for a Kinect-based Viva Piñata Tres.  So which of those franchise are you hoping to see in 19 days at E3 2013?  Let us know your thoughts, single-players!

Will Blackwell
I'm a new dad, gaming machine, and beard aficionado. With a little one in the house, I've come to embrace the single-player experience, as it is much less likely to send me into a profanity-laced, controller-throwing tantrum. Writing and video games are two of my greatest passions, so this is a natural fit for me. As long as it doesn't require me to perform coordinated dance moves in front of my Kinect, i'm willing to pen my thoughts on it. Aside from gaming, I love music (Smashing Pumpkins), coffee (Red-Eye), and sushi (Yellowtail). All offerings of my aforementioned favorites will be accepted with open arms and, if you're lucky, i'll let you touch my beard. Just don't pull on it. That hurts.

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  1. Perfect Dark would be cool, I liked Perfect Dark Zero for what it was…

    1. “Liked it for what it was” is a good description of how I felt about it. I’m looking for something on par with the original that I used to skip classes to play. Either way, I’m glad to see Rare doing something aside from Kinect Sports.

  2. I’m placing my bet on Viva Pinata. Just seems like it would make sense with how Kinect 2.0 works.

    1. Rumor: Nick Calandra, owner of OnlySP, enjoys playing with colorful pinatas.
      In all seriousness, Viva Pinata was a ridiculously fun game. If I have to see Kinect-based kiddie titles, they might as well be quality games like that.

      1. Rumor confirmed: I spent quite a few hours with the original Viva Pinata :p back when the Xbox released that is hahaha.

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