Rare was once one of the most prestigious developers around, but ever since being dealt off to Microsoft the company has fallen by the wayside. Most recently, the Burmingham-based studio has been dedicated to working on Kinect games, but many of their dedicated fans have been dreaming for a return to form from their once favorite developer. A Rare comeback sounds like a rare thing indeed, but the Xbox 720 may provide the developer a chance at redemption amongst the hardcore gaming crowd.

A job listing has been spotted by Twitter user Superannuation — who also spotted job ads for the next-gen game from Lionhead Studios; another Microsoft-owned studio that’s responsible for the Fable series. The position calls for a senior product manager that’ll be put to work on “multiple AAA future console releases.” Whoever scores this gig at Rare will help out with the current batch of games planned for the Xbox 360 before making the jump to the Durango, all while aiding in the development of new intellectual properties.

“Whilst continual development of their core releases will be maintained, the successful candidate will be joining at a time where the studio is looking to move into new areas and develop new IPs for future platforms.”

If development for the next Xbox sounds exciting, then the possibility of Rare once again returning to the first-person shooter and action/adventure genres should have gamers riveted. The developer behind such classic games as GoldenEye and Perfect Dark know a thing or ten about making a shooter — although Perfect Dark Zero may not have lived up to par.

“You will have a successful history of releasing exceptional AAA games and these will ideally be in the Action/Adventure or FPS genre but this is not essential.”

Apparently these games will be new IPs, so Rare’s archive of iconic characters may not be put to use anytime soon, but it’ll be nice to see a few new faces from a familiar company. Gamers shouldn’t expect to see anything come of these projects in the near future, but maybe a teaser trailer and some info will emerge at next year’s E3 — unless Microsoft has done a great job keeping the wool pulled over everyone’s eyes.

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Source: Superannuation