Rare Still Has Microsoft's Full Support, Despite Layoffs

By Keza MacDonald on at

It's not been the best time for Rare, lately, as a round of layoffs followed Microsoft's decision to start selling the Xbox One without Kinect. In an interview with Eurogamer, Microsoft Studios boss Phil Harrison has reiterated Microsoft's support for the studio.

"We are very fortunate in having Rare and Lionhead in the UK as crown jewels of Microsoft Studios,", said Harrison, before revealing that the studio has new projects in the works. "Rare is working on a couple of things at the moment which we will announce at the right time. But I'm really excited by the things they're doing and I believe you will be as well when you hear about them.

"Rare is an incredible talent and they have some very very ambitious plans for the future and we're supporting them in every way we can."

Perhaps, now that Microsoft seems considerably less invested in Kinect, Rare will be allowed to move away from Kinect Sports and towards the kind of game that made its name in the first place - though most of the people who worked at Rare during its golden age have since moved on.