Microsoft has Plans for Rare Games like Banjo Kazooie, Perfect Dark, & Battletoads

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It seems like Microsoft has plans for some of the classic Rare franchises that have been neglected over time.

The teasing came via Microsoft Studios creative director, Ken Lobb, who let the news slip on the Inner Circle podcast. According to Lobb, the company is planning to resurrect some iconic Rare series in the future:

“Will there ever be another Banjo, Viva, Blast Corps, Battletoads? Yeah, someday. We know there’s value. We have a lot of passion internally for each of the games. And we have surprises in store in the near and long future.”

Ken made some clarifications, stating that Microsoft is looking to expand the company’s roster of IPs, specifically looking at the older catalogue of beloved Rare franchises:

“Understand that what it’s really about is we want to build this suite of IP [Intellectual Property] that we can add to a list of, ‘let’s build some new things, let’s build some recent sequels, and let’s do some crazy stuff like dig back into our portfolio of IP and build some games that people love.'”

It’s worth noting that Microsoft filed a trademark for Battletoads back in November of last year. Could we be seeing a remake of the brawler platformer?

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  1. ConnorORT
    January 12, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    NUTS AND BOLTS 2 OH GOD YESn…nn…n;_;

  2. Guest
    January 12, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    You can’t make me hope, I won’t do it anymore

  3. Fenrir007
    January 12, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Oh boy I can’t wait to punch the air in Battletoads: Kinect!

  4. Neojames82
    January 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    The only hope that any of these Rare game will be any good is to NOT have it be developed by Rare themselves. We all know all the talent that made them famous have left long ago. With KI being developed by an outsider instead of Rare was a pretty smart move and it will probably be best for the other franchises.

  5. sanic
    January 12, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Conflict amphibians remake with the option to play 99 cents for another continue?

  6. Robert___T
    January 12, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    More “Jet Force Gemini” please??

  7. Thanatos2k
    January 12, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Yeah, “someday.”nnWho even cares, you can probably count the people working there now who worked on Goldeneye or Banjo Kazooie on one hand. Rare is a front, a name slapped onto a studio that has nothing to do with the games they used to make.

  8. Koroma
    January 12, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    To truly be a battletoads game. Kinect should require you to punch your friends in real life.

  9. Neojames82
    January 12, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Most like you zero hands because its more like zero of them are left now XD

  10. Softclocks
    January 12, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Laptop gun’s making a return!

  11. DynastyStar
    January 12, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    the puffy is “Laptop gun”??????

  12. DynastyStar
    January 12, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I think the thing that I’d hope to come out of this if I actually owned an xbox is a remake of Jet Force Gemini. The controls for that game are so dated, and I’m sure it could benefit from some revamping in other areas(not ala Conker’s Bad Fur Day in aesthetic).

  13. DynastyStar
    January 12, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    you can do it :3 hopeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  14. JCTXS
    January 12, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    I think Rare has destroyed Banjo and PD enough as it is. It only took them 1 game too!nI have no hopes in either franchise coming back.

  15. FailedSurgery
    January 12, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I hope they replay Goldeneye and Og perfect dark and remember what made those games great. nnA time when FPS weren’t just coridoors, they didn’t have quicktime events or padded unskippable gameplay cutscenes. There were no objective markers, and rarely were levels linear. What happened to open ended level design. I want to be given objectives and told to figure it out. Remember figuring it out? remember having to switch between gadgets? remember gadgets? remember variety? Remember when playing on higher difficulties you would be task at doing completely new objectives? Remember actually feeling like a spy? What do we even have now? Walking simulators. why has game design devolved so much in the past decade? nnThen we’re given PDZero & Goldeneye Reloaded both critically acclaimed for some god damn reason while being absolute garbage, nnthis is unacceptable. We shouldn’t allow our standard of quality to drop just because of shiny new graphics.

  16. Thanatos2k
    January 13, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Ken Lobb is one of them though.

  17. Neojames82
    January 13, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Touche. I am surprised he is still there. Though honestly he isn’t anything more than a mouthpiece at this point and probably has almost zero involvement in actual game development.

  18. Neojames82
    January 13, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Beautifully said. I have to say this is how I feel about these games and how FPS has seem to have taken HUGE step backwards. Goldeneye and Perfect Dark have in my eyes, the perfect balance of how to do both great single player as well as great multiplayer. nnnSadly, with a lot of modern FPS the single player is almost tacked on and not even given much thought for the sake of online multiplayer and even that has become pretty crappy. I hope that one day, I or someone like me, can truly make a great spiritual successor to my favorite FPS games.

  19. Thanatos2k
    January 13, 2015 at 12:22 am

    He only ended up there by coincidence. After he left Rare 10+ years ago he joined Microsoft…..

  20. Neojames82
    January 13, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Wow…that is weird XD

  21. landlock
    January 13, 2015 at 2:37 am

    That’s fine I’d prefer someone else have a crack at Perfect Dark anyway.

  22. Fenrir007
    January 13, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Hopefully they will cover the naughty bits of the Dark Queen in the next Combat Frogs. We don’t wanna offend any people, after all.

  23. Thanatos2k
    January 13, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    They already did. It was called Perfect Dark Zero and it sucked!

  24. landlock
    January 14, 2015 at 2:31 am

    That was not someone else though, that was still Rare.