Rare, formerly known as Rareware, is a software development company based in Twycross, Leicestershire, UK. Rare is currently expanding its operations with a new facility in Birmingham.
The company was formed in 1985 and developed many legendary titles for Nintendo including R.C. Pro-Am, Donkey Kong Country, and GoldenEye 007.
In 2002, the studio was purchased by Microsoft Game Studios and is best known for its work on launch titles Kameo and Perfect Dark Zero as well as the design of the Xbox 360's Avatars and the Viva Piñata franchise.
Currently Rare is a leading studio in the development and implementation of software for Kinect -- Microsoft's proprietary, controller-free human interface device.
Former long-serving Rare executive George Andreas tendered his resignation from the studio, announcing that he would now begin working a new position at PlayStation Europe's London headquarters as... [more+]
1998's Banjo-Kazooie and its 2000 sequel Banjo-Tooie were some of the highlights of the Nintendo 64's lineup of worthy platformers (and some of my personal favorites growing up), and former Rare... [more+]
In an effort to push towards further innovation on their upcoming Windows 8 tablets, Microsoft is opening a new studio based in London, which will be focused on the development of games for the devices.
Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 launched on November 4, 2010 in North America. Over the next couple of weeks, the new device will be making its way to retailers worldwide. In order to prepare gamers... [more+]