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-Kazooie, Killer 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!