Perfect Dark Zero screenshot
Perfect Dark Zero screenshot

Great news for Rare fans: The legendary UK developer has said Microsoft’s motion-sensing technology Project Natal provides it with an opportunity to investigate some of its older classic games.

Not only that, but Rare reckons it could do an “absolutely phenomenal, world-beating” Natal version of one classic IP in particular.

Speaking exclusively to, design director George Andreas, who has been with the company for 15 years, said “there are IP that we have looked at and are looking at and will be looking at in the future”.

Rare has one of the most impressive back catalogues of any developer in the world. In the 90s it created some of the greatest games of all time, including Donkey Kong Country, Killer Instinct, GoldenEye, Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, Conker's Bad Fur Day and Diddy Kong Racing.

After being purchased by Microsoft in 2002, Rare moved on to creating games for the Xbox 360 console, including Kameo: Elements of Power, Perfect Dark: Zero, and more recently Viva Piñata and, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts.

Andreas said: “Natal as well gives us an opportunity to maybe at some point in the future investigate some of those older IPs. I won’t name names.

“One in particular actually I think we can do an absolutely phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal version on with Natal. The interface, the way you interact with it – I think it would be an absolutely world-beating product. But we need to explore a little bit more in that direction.”

Rare is knee deep in secret Natal projects at the moment, and recently advertised for designers to help it create experiences for the technology. Rare was also behind the New Xbox Experience Avatars, which launched last November.

Andreas added: “Yes, there are IP that we have looked at and are looking at and will be looking at in the future as well. So, never say never. Nothing is dead in the water. There is always scope to bring something back if we feel it’s the right time.”

When asked what classic franchise he was referring to, Andreas replied: “I’ll keep that to myself for now.”

Food for thought, Rare fans.

What classic Rare IP could George Andreas be on about? What classic Rare IP would you like to see the company create for Natal? Let us know in the comments section below.

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rbevanx's Avatar

rbevanx@ Stegosaurus-Guy

How would we get you to work?
Posted 18:12 on 17 August 2009
K3RT's Avatar


Maybe natal might work as a fps with you holding something that could resemble a gun?
I'm still not sure about natal myself I do hope it is a massive leap in technology but I get a feeling it will probably just be another eye toy.
Posted 18:10 on 17 August 2009
Wido's Avatar


I wouldn't mind some Conkers Bad Fur Day for current gen or even a sequel to Kameo.
Posted 14:55 on 17 August 2009
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Stegosaurus-Guy@ Woffls

How would an FPS work with Natal? Waggle your face to shoot? Shout "pow" to shoot?

Can it track eyes? I guess it would work will like that...but how would you aim and shoot?
Posted 13:22 on 17 August 2009
Woffls's Avatar


Blast Corps! Not sure how it would fit with Natal, but I still want it.

Of their IP's, I think Perfect Dark is obviously the most suited to Natal, but doing that would be a bad move on Rare/Microsoft's part for the integrity of Rare and the PD franchise. Core gamers would disown it outright because it's casual waggle rubbish, so it would have to be an amazing game to win them over and try to retain the quality the series originally had before Zero.
Posted 13:12 on 17 August 2009

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