As one of the most respected developers in the history of gaming, there's certainly no shortage of mascots that have originated from Rare over the years. While many of those characters have been overlooked while the studio took on Kinect-focussed games, Microsoft seems to have finally gotten back on track with its immense library of IP through the forthcoming Rare Replay.
Announced during E3 2015, this collection brings over 30 games from throughout the company's 30 years of operation. Ranging from Conker to Banjo-Kazooie, and even the infamous Battletoads, fans will finally be able to access some of the studio's beloved archives after all these years through Rare Replay. Best of all, anxious fans can now officially pre-order the collection on their Xbox One consoles through the system's digital marketplace.
To celebrate the game's newfound pre-order option, Microsoft and Rare have released the opening cinematic that'll greet fans once they boot up up the forthcoming title. Done up to look like cardboard cutouts of the characters that Rare fans know and love, the entire thing plays out more like the intro to the Muppet Show than an actual video game – which is sure to be a-okay with longstanding fans of the various properties present throughout.
Setting aside the goofy nature of the video, Rare Replay itself won't be a joke to dedicated Gamerscore fiends. With all of the games included, the final title comes packed with a whopping 10,000 points to be earned. That's going to take a serious amount of time for fans hoping to secure them all, but those that have already played some of the titles on Xbox 360 will have a head start – as the achievements earned from those games actually carry over to the collection.
Now Rare seems to be on track to reclaim some of the glory it once held, thanks largely to its newly announced multiplayer pirate game, Sea of Thieves. Still, Rare Replay is a good way to start making amends with many of the fans the company may have pushed out after opting to instead focus on titles like Kinect Sports.
Now it's time to buckle up and wait for the much anticipated Banjo-Threeie to be unveiled.
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Rare Replay is set arrive exclusively for Xbox One on August 4, 2015.