E3 2015 is only a little over a month away, and promises fans their first looks at the some of the most-anticipated video games in development. Press conferences from EA, Square Enix, and Bethesda are already confirmed, and the event will spotlight titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Halo 5: Guardians, and Star Wars: Battlefront. As exciting as it’ll be to learn more about previously announced titles, E3’s biggest thrills traditionally come when new games are revealed, or more information about long-rumored but unannounced titles (like as Fallout 4 or Mass Effect 4) surfaces.
For the past few years, the famous British developer Rare has been mostly defined by Kinect titles, having put out three Kinect Sports titles since 2010. However, prior to its forays into motion-control gaming, Rare served up critically acclaimed titles like GoldenEye, Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. With the Kinect effectively finished, it’s going to be exciting to see what Rare has to offer in a post-motion-control era, and it sounds like the developer has a big reveal planned for E3 2015.
As pointed out by a NeoGaf user, a recent Twitter conversation between a fan and Rare Creative Director Simon Woodroffe suggests that Rare will showcase a new game at E3 2015. More specifically, Woodroffe says that Rare will unveil the next game from designer Gregg Mayles, a veteran of the Donkey Kong Country trilogy and the “life simulation” series Viva Piñata. Here’s the Twitter exchange in question:
@leflus E3 will tell the world what Gregg Mayles new project is about.— Simon Woodroffe (@SimonSorcerer) May 2, 2015
Unsurprisingly, Woodroffe was cagey when asked to reveal anything else about the title, including whether it was going to be an original title or a new installment in a long-running series. When pressed for details, Woodroffe tweeted, “All I can give here is a quote from the man himself, ‘This is more fun than anything we’ve ever done.'” That’s a high bar, and should leave Rare fans extremely excited about E3.
While the new Rare game could be anything from a Banjo-Kazooie spinoff to a brand-new IP, one intriguing possibility could be a new Battletoads game. Rare developed the classic NES beat ’em up, which has become a cult classic due to its notoriously high difficulty. Rumors regarding a Battletoads revival have circled for ages, and fan speculation kicked up several notches earlier this year when Xbox boss Phil Spencer showed up at a Windows 10 event wearing a Battletoads t-shirt. On its own, that’s pretty slim evidence, but it isn’t the only hint that there’s a new Battletoads game in the pipeline.
A recent Kotaku feature that looked at the collapse of the Phantom Dust reboot revealed that Microsoft initially offered developer Darkside several potential titles to choose from, including Phantom Dust, Perfect Dark, and Battletoads. In that interview, a former Darkside worker told Kotaku that they’d been keen to make a Battletoads game, but Microsoft eventually told them it was “off the table.” That could have happened because a Battletoads title is moving forward somewhere else. If so, who better to bring the ‘toads into the modern era than the developer that created them in the first place?
Of course, Perfect Dark – also on that list – is another Rare title. That series hasn’t had a sequel since 2005’s Perfect Dark Zero, which was a launch title for the Xbox 360. Rare is overdue for another foray into the world of Joanna Dark.
Stay tuned to GameRant for more information when E3 2015 kicks off in Los Angeles between June 16th and 18th.