Rare Will Evaluate What To Do Next Following Kinect Changes

Following the recent changes made to the Kinect, more specifically severing it from the Xbox One, Rare will re-evaluate what projects it’ll want to pursue.

Xbox chief Phil Spencer, in an interview with OXM, revealed that the renowned developer is still of crucial importance to Microsoft.

“Rare is an important studio,” he said. “[It has] just come off the successful launch of Kinect Sports Rivals. I think I’ve heard a few times from people asking about Rare – they’re in the process of evaluating what they want to do next, and we’re working closely with them to see what their new project will be.”

Since Microsoft has promised to keep supporting the device, Rare might still be creating Kinect titles. But there’s still a chance it can finally branch out. But for now, it’s unclear.

“I’ve also laughed when people have tried to use the word, what I ‘force’ them to do,” Spencer added. “If you’re around any independent studio, or like Rare a studio that’s independent-minded, you’ll know that forcing a studio to do something is never a successful equation. So they’re free to look at all different kinds of opportunities, they always have been, and we’re having a great time trying to work out with them what their next game might be, but we have nothing to announce right now.”

A new, Kinect-less $399 Xbox One bundle will be available on June 9th, the day of Microsoft’s E3 press conference.