New Exclusive IP
Microsoft’s stable of exclusive IP is getting a bit musty. Sure, Halo is still big, but Gears of War is on the fence and Fable has fallen right off that fence in the Well of Irrelevance. Microsoft does have the very promising looking Sunset Overdrive on the way, but it needs more — a new RPG series to replace Fable, and maybe some stuff in genres Microsoft hasn’t tackled yet. A horror game? Something adventure game-y perhaps?
The state of Rare makes the drunken squirrel sad.
Let Rare Off The Leash
Poor Rare. For those around during the 16 and 32/64-bit eras, it’s been rather depressing to see Microsoft transform that company that created Donkey Kong Country and Conker’s Bad Fur Day into a neutered Kinect developer. Sure, Rare’s Kinect Sports games have been solid, but the most recent one tanked hard, and it’s clear the developer needs to do something else or cease existing.
Rare’s brand of colorful fun may seem out of date, but I think there’s a pent-up demand for it — I can guarantee the announcement of a new Conker or a retro splitscreen multiplayer-focused shooter ala GoldenEye would be one of the most talked about announcements at E3. Come on Microsoft, give Rare one more shot at glory before putting them out to pasture. What do you have to lose?