Rare was once the UK's golden developer churning out classics including Donkey Kong Country and Banjo-Kazooie for Nintendo platforms, but in recent years the studio has come under fire for failing to live up to the hefty $375 million Microsoft coughed up for its services.

However, with Kinect Sports studio manager Scott Henson believes Rare is well and truly back in business.

"We didn't fall off the map," Henson told IndustryGamers. "We might have changed and evolved. Our focus is different, but we haven't fallen off the map."

He added: "Fallen off the map is interesting when you sell over three million units [of Kinect Sports]. I like that falling off the map. It's great success in this industry."

"The studio created a new beloved franchise in Kinect Sports. There's more than three million people that have this in their homes, playing and loving it. The difference is we started from scratch, instead of something people know, like Donkey Kong."

And what of that $375 million price tag? Henson believes the studio was good value for Microsoft.

"We delivered as much to the platform as any other studio. With the success of Kinect Sports and what I believe will be a successful Season Two, I think Rare lived up to its potential."

He concluded: "It's a new Rare. It's an exciting place to push boundaries for what's possible."

Kinect Sports Season 2 will be released October 28.