I'm a huge gamer. I love to play tons of games, from Call of Duty to Minecraft! Though I prefer Sony consoles a bit more over others, I'm not exactly a Sony fanboy. If Microsoft or Nintendo do something I like, then I'll give them props for it rather than just angrily and needlessly hating on them. That being said, I've never actually owned a Microsoft console, sticking to Sony mostly and Nintendo as a secondary. But what Microsoft is planning next, might just make me consider getting an Xbox One in the foreseeable future.
Microsoft is reportedly planning to revive some of their classic acquired Rare properties. Rare was a huge game developer back in the 80's and 90's, creating iconic games such as Conker's Bad Fur Day, Donkey Kong Country, and Banjo-Kazooie. In 2003, Rare was bought out by Microsoft and Donkey Kong and any related characters stayed with Nintendo.
Rare soon became the laughingstock of the gaming world, they went from making amazing original videogames to making disappointments like Kinect Sports and the Kinect compatible Viva Pinata game.
But with this news, Rare might just be back in the spotlight soon! Ken Lobb, the Creative Director at Microsoft studios decided to instantly rock our worlds by confirming that, at one point or another, classic Rare games will return.
"Will there ever be another Banjo, Viva, Blast Corps, Battletoads? Yeah, someday," spoke Lobb. I can more than imagine the excitement that everyone felt when he said that.
This means that games like Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark will be getting reboots or sequels! This confirms a ton of rumors that started early last year, that Microsoft was planning to reboot some of their older IP's. The thing that started the rumors was Microsoft filing a trademark for the game that won the award for "Second-Most Highest Number of Controllers Thrown at the Screen in Frustration", Battletoads!
Lobb said that the reason the trademarked was filed was because Microsoft was aware of its value. He did specify that this didn't mean we would never get a Battletoads reboot/sequel. It just wouldn't be this year.
Unfortunately, Lobb didn't specify when any of these classic titles would be getting rebooted, nor did he specify for what console. For all we know, these games could be for a future Xbox console, after the One. I doubt it though. The life expectancy for the One and its Sony rival is pretty long, and I don't think Ken and Microsoft would reveal their plans this early on before they even announce the next console.
For now, none of these games are in development, but it's nice to know that Microsoft is considering them and will begin work on them in the foreseeable future. Like I said, I've never owned an Xbox console, but a Banjo-Kazooie or Perfect Dark reboot might be reason enough for me to get one, one day!