Earlier this year, video game developer Rare — famous for such games as Nintendo’s Donkey Kong Country and their own Banjo-Kazooie series — revealed that some of their classic franchises like Banjo or Battletoads may be up for new installments in the near future. Now, we may be on the cusp of finding out what they’re up to at this year’s premiere gaming event.
According to a report from IGN (via NeoGAF), Rare Creative Director Simon Woodroffe recently had a conversation on Twitter where he revealed that Rare’s prolific designer Gregg Mayles’ next project will be revealed at this year’s Electronics Entertainment Expo, or E3. Mayles, who has helped design such games as the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy and the well-regarded Banjo-Tooie, is one of the studio’s most respected designers, and if his name is attached to a new Rare project, then the eyes of the gaming world will certainly be curious to see what he has in store next. When Woodroffe was asked whether or not the new project would be from a new or existing IP, he said, “All I can give here is a quote from the man himself, ‘This is more fun than anything we’ve ever done.'”
Having been formed by Tim and Doug Stamper in the 1980s, Rare became a second-party developer for Nintendo in the early 90’s, which yielded the platform and genre defining Donkey Kong Country games. In 2002, the company was purchased by Microsoft, and has been developing games for Xbox platforms exclusively since that time. The developer’s last game, Kinect Sports Rivals, received only mixed reviews from critics and reportedly caused the company to lose a significant amount of money in the process.
Rare is certainly in need of a win after the failure of their last game, so it’ll be really interesting to see what they have in store at the Xbox Media Briefing at E3 next month.
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