Rare Bringing ‘Historic’ Franchise to Xbox One; Reveal at E3 2013

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Rare Franchise Xbox One E3 2013 Reveal

At today’s Xbox One event, Microsoft delivered a presentation that was as much about hardware, services, and new features, as it was games. In fact, one might argue that the presentation was decidedly short on games, despite an announcement the console will support 15 exclusives in its first 12-months.

However, now that the first introductions have been made, gamers can hopefully look forward to an E3 2013 presentation that is full of games. While it’s hard to know what to expect next month, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has revealed one fan favorite developer will be making an appearance: Rare.

After focusing on Kinect games for the past few years, Rare is apparently jumping back into core game development with a new entry in a “historic franchise.” Spencer wouldn’t say which franchise that might be, but he did say fans will be pleased.

“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.”

Although Rare has been responsible for titles like Kameo: Elements of Power, Viva Piñata, and Kinect Sports, given the use of “historic” we have to figure the potential franchises can be narrowed down to three culprits: Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Killer Instinct. All three have a rabid fan base (some more than others), and each have been out of the limelight for quite a while.

Killer Instinct Screen

In September of last year, Microsoft renewed their Killer Instinct trademark, sparking speculation the classic fighting series might soon return. So, when coupled with this announcement, Killer Instinct seems as good a candidate as any.

That isn’t to say Banjo-Kazooie or Perfect Dark rumors haven’t surfaced, only that the timing between the trademark renewal and this tease makes sense. Still, if either Banjo-Kazooie or Perfect Dark sequels were announced, we would be perfectly satisfied.

Even so, one has to figure Banjo-Kazooie would have an easier time competing in the platformer genre than Perfect Dark would in the FPS genre. When Perfect Dark Zero hit, Call of Duty wasn’t a phenomenon and Halo didn’t yet have a stranglehold on the title of de facto Microsoft FPS.

Which Rare franchise would you like to see on the Xbox One? Which do you think has the greatest shot at success?

Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference is June 10th at 1PM EST/10AM PST.

Source: Polygon


TAGS: Banjo Kazooie, Killer Instinct, Microsoft, Perfect Dark, Rare, Xbox One

  • COREY_1993

    better be killer instinct… saying that though i aint planning on getting an xbox juan… but as a avid fan of fighting games i buy most and i always watch tournaments so i would love to watch KI at the biggest tournament in the world evo which is coming up soon.

    • COREY_1993

      obviously it wont be at this years evo XD

  • Justin Middleton

    what about a new Conker, if not I’d love a new true Banjo Kazooie

    • jokergallagher

      I really hope its conker

  • Varteras

    Killer Instinct or Conker. Banjo-Kazooie just needs to be laid to rest in my opinion. Perfect Dark likely won’t survive the current FPS market. The last game barely survived with hardly any competition. A Conker game like Bad Fur Day would be so much fun on the new hardware. I’ve been hoping for awhile now that Killer Instinct would be rebooted. Exclusive fighting games are very hard to come by with Xbox and the Dead or Alive series having this on/off relationship. Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter were very successful this generation. Killer Instinct done well could give the XBO an edge.

  • Austin

    I would love it if they made a Banjo Kazooie sequel. There was supposed to be a Banjo Threeie but it got cancled because Microsoft bought rare. That kinda made me mad cuz in my opinion Banjo Kazooie is one of the best games ever.

  • CheeseCake

    I would kill several children for a good Perfect Dark.

    • http://Gamehermits.wordpress.com Josh Calkins

      Yes, but do you mean random children or ones you like/are related to? I can see either. I want it too.

    • COREY_1993

      THIS JUST IN… Perfect Dark sequel has just been delayed indefinitely because some guy wants to kill children when it releases XD

      • kevin


        • http://Gamehermits.wordpress.com Josh Calkins

          Hey hey hey! We’re all just talking here…. But I’d like to know who made the offer, and how I can get in on it. Keep in mind: lots of kids are very annoying, and they do take up a lot of space and eat our food. Sometimes I wonder if they just plan to replace us all…

  • jokergallagher

    I hope this is a step in a new direction run by Microsoft over rare. I hope this revived IP is just the beginning, I hope that we see killer instinct, Conker, bango, and perfect dark. I hope Microsoft brings back other ip’s like ilomilo, Allen wake, and much warrior, and others

  • http://Gamehermits.wordpress.com Josh Calkins

    Perfect Dark was such an amazing game that I would still be playing it on N64 if they hadn’t released an HD remake of the original already. Oddly the older one hold up much better than the sequel, which was less remarkable at the time and less relevant and fun many years later. I dug PDzero despite its limitations, but after the 10 out of 10 quality of the original I was hoping to be playing it for years rather than moving on to the next game. Still, the pedigree, inspiration and unique ideas behind the franchise are more than enough to justify making a top quality next gen title. Whether that is the plan or if the plan works out is another issue. I would get very high hopes if I heard new PD was in the works. Done properly it sold be totally unique in story and gameplay.

    By the way, if anyone hasn’t played the original n64 game, I have reviewed the HD remake at my site, so click on my name if you care or just buy the awesome game. It is shockingly not obsolete yet, and looks WAY better in HD.

  • jesus

    Conquer: BAD FUR DAY.. only one can dream of a sequel. 😀

  • Jacob

    I really pray and hope that they bring out an ACTUAL banjo kazooie if they’re bringing out another, and not another mistake such as Nuts and Bolts. That game had so much potential, but they ripped it a new one when they converted it without filling it. It’s a wasteland without any waste. It needs to be fixed, otherwise that franchise’ll die. Although, the originals are still really great to play, so just download those should they go ahead and kill it I guess.

  • ?? will

    Perfect dark! If its identical to the n64 versión but up to date like gears of war n halo. Perfect dark can easily compete with those franchises, If rare takes the time to put the work into it.

  • GamerLCD

    It won’t be Perfect Dark; they wouldn’t want it to compete with CoD. I don’t think they would make another Banjo Kazooe either seeing as how they already had 2 remakes for the 360 already including the arcade HD version.