The return of Rare?
Microsoft acquired Rare in 2002 after Nintendo declined to do so. This made Xbox Studios Rare’s parent company and limited the Rare games available on consoles since then. But that’s been changing recently with releases of games such as Cuphead.
The company’s first-party studios boss has even indicated he would allow Xbox developers such as Rare to create new games for rival platforms, such as Nintendo Switch, in the future.
Conker’s Bad Fur Day creator, Chris Seavor, who worked at Rare under both Nintendo and Microsoft for almost 20 years, told Video Games Chronicle that he feels Rare’s classic IPs are better placed on Nintendo platforms.
“It is significant, very significant but it was also inevitable,” he said of the possibility that classic Rare IP could return to Nintendo platforms. “You only have to look at the reaction to Banjo’s appearing in Smash to see that this was purely a fan driven thing, and fans are if nothing else a noisy and belligerent bunch. I mean, it’s an abbreviation of ‘Fanatic’ after all.
“Whether they’ll be as loud about the other IP’s including Conker is up for debate… I’d say not likely.”
Seavor attributes this claim to the reaction to Banjo-Kazooie’s appearance in Smash Bros. He states that Rare’s back catalogue is perhaps better placed with its former parent company, Nintendo.
“Yes of course they are,” he said. “I’ve always thought Microsoft made the right decision to acquire Rare, but for all the wrong reasons. That being, so no one else could have them.
“I’m being a bit facetious again (shock!), they also wanted to try and break into Japanese market which MS have had (and still does) little success breaking into the territory. In fact, it’s not a stretch to look at this Smash deal as some small steps towards this again.”
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