Rare bringing “classic IP” to E3

It’s been a while since we gamers have seen anything worthwhile from Rare.  While fans of the developer can protest that they haven’t released anything good since Microsoft acquired the studio, I would have to respectfully disagree.  Their Viva Pinata games were charming yet deep sims that were easily accessible and family friendly but required a great deal of patience and dedication to master.  Nuts & Bolts may not have been a traditional Banjo-Kazooie game, but it was still a welcome addition to the Xbox library.  However, the developer has been busy working on games for Kinect and the Avatar marketplace over the past several years and gamers have pretty much written off the studio.

However, Microsoft is promising great things from Rare at this years E3 with a return of a classic IP.  Many are speculating that we will see a return of Killer Instinct for Xbox One since Microsoft renewed the trademark and fighters are returning to prominence in the gaming industry.  Whether or not it is KI3 is still speculation, but Rare has several properties I’m sure many of us would like to see make a comeback.


Source:  GameSpot


Crytek’s “Ryse” resurfaces


Crytek’s Ryse was first announced as Codename: Kingdoms in 2010 at Microsoft’s E3 press conference as a third-person action game.  It was drastically changed when it was shown again just one year later as a first-person Kinect game featuring you as “the weapon.”  My thoughts on this change weren’t exactly positive, and I’m sure Microsoft heard a lot of negative feedback regarding this new Kinect-based “core” game.

Ryse has, yet again, re-evolved with the confirmation that it is heading to Xbox One as a controller-based, Kinect enhanced game.  Microsoft promised at yesterday’s Xbox One unveiling that 15 exclusive games were headed to their next-gen console in its first year and it appears that Ryse will be one of those games, accompanying Remedy Entertainment’s Quantum Break.  Crytek has updated their Ryse page with a countdown teasing more information in 18 days–which marks the beginning of this year’s E3.


Source:  IGN, Crytek