Xbox One is Getting a “Historic” Rare Franchise

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

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Fans of Rare’s famous franchises Perfect Dark, Conker, Banjo-Kazooie, and Killer Instinct should be crossing their fingers. During the aftermath of today’s Xbox One reveal, Microsoft has announced that one of Rare’s historic franchises is going to find a new home on its next generation console.

This latest news comes as quite a surprise, since gamers would have expected an announcement of this caliber to be revealed at Microsoft’s Xbox One event, not after the party calmed down. However, this revived Rare franchise is going to be joining 15 other games, all exclusive to the Xbox One. These exclusive titles are being developed by first-party studios like Remedy and Turn 10, and were promised by Microsoft that they will be ready for release in the first year of the new console’s shelf life.

In an interview with Polygon, Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer had a lot to say about this new development, on what Rare fans can expect, and why such an announcement was kept from the limelight.

“Fans of Rare and Rare IPs I think will be pleased with what we’re going to show at E3,” Spencer said. “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.”

Spencer goes on to say that this historic IP will play an important role in the future of the Xbox One.

Rare Ltd. was purchased by Microsoft in 2002 and retained rights to their legendary franchises Banjo-Kazooie, Conker, Perfect Dark and Killer Instinct. This partnership led to some of these franchises appearing on the Xbox 360 (XBLA), as well as leading Rare to develop new IPs like Kameo: Elements of PowerViva Piñata and Kinect Sports exclusively for Microsoft’s console.

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Is Killer Instinct the one?

It’s unknown which franchise will be making a comeback, but there has been past developments that might show some hints. Rare’s classic fighting game Killer Instinct had its trademark renewed in Sept. 2012 by Microsoft, leading to the speculation that it will be the historic franchise that will be returning for an Xbox One release.

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  • Ives

    oh god let it be killer instinct, people have been wanting a new killer instinct for years

  • Shulknameholderthing

    Even if Rare was still good, that wouldn’t make me buy an Xbox we-took-359-steps-back.

  • Axle_Magnum

    Whatever it is, they better not mutilate it.

    • Jonah Rosen

      Too late.

  • PaleCompanion

    Still not buying it.

  • Tara

    Since it’s not Blast Corps, no. Since it’s on the XBone, even moar no.

  • I’m going to be the odd one here and say new Battletoads.

    • Spookyryu

      I would love that much that game, but for PS4 and WIIU, if I cannot buy it in those consoles, so I will miss it, sorry M$

    • Will W

      That was my guess, too…

  • Mizu D

    At this point and with more bad new coming from MS for the One. Even the games won’t save it. My 360 is my main console last generation and I thoroughly enjoy it. My Xbox Live is expiring soon and that be it. I will continue to buy games for it and the PS3 since both wont be compatible on the new system anyway. I will probably stick with PC, Wii U, 3DS and Vita for this generation.

    • doomrider7

      Ditto. While I would love me some KI and Battletoads, I can pass on them until the price drops and I mean a LOT given my expectations for this systems price tag. I’m still MASSIVELY bummed out about Rare going to Microsoft since they did their best work with Nintendo.

  • Ibi Salmon

    If the Rare IP in question is something I might be interested in, I might start paying attention to the Xbox One.

    I’m still not planning on buying it, but I might gain a slight interest in it.

  • Jeremy Barnes

    What is destined to be an abomination to a favorite franchise is a selling point?

  • DigDugDude

    No one from classic Rare even works at the studio anymore. It’d just be putting the right IP in the wrong hands.

  • I was probably one of the few people who really enjoyed Kameo so I’d love the cancelled sequel to be un-cancelled… However I think that’s pretty unlikely 🙁

  • R.I.P Microsoft

  • John Ellis

    if they had a limited amount of time why didn’t they show off the game instead of that sports TV crap.

  • Thedude3445

    I doubt it’ll be Killer Instinct, considering they haven’t even released either game (okay, any of the three games if you count Gold), but I am afraid for the series if they do. I don’t trust Microsoft with a silly over-the-top tournament fighter; they’d try and make it too realistic, and it would end up as a Mortal Kombat 9 clone once it was over.

    Instead, I’m totally rooting for Banjo Kazooie 4! Holy crap, I would actually… well, not buy an Xbox One, but go over to someone’s place and play it on their Xbox One!

    • doomrider7

      Same here. That’s another game that I would love to see as long as it’s not like Nuts and Bolts which was good, but not what people were expecting.

  • Lightthrower

    Even if it is Killer Instinct 3, who the hell wants to buy a console that can’t play used games, needs to be always online, has no backwards compatibility and that has MANDATORY Kinect that will spy on you to better advertise stuff to you.

  • While i want it to be KI….i’ll be frank here, after how HORRIBLE the reveal went, and all the stuff that has been revealed, no matter what Rare game is shown on E3 i will NOT BUY THIS CONSOLE!, and this is coming from a long time fan of Rare

  • RagunaXL

    nothing like a fighting game without any martial arts to make me want to buy a machine that violates my civil liberties.