NEWS - Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Rare Co-Founders Split

Founders Chris and Tim Stamper officially left Rare at the end of December after 20 years, according to Microsoft. Stepping up to lead the company will be studio director Mark Betteridge, a 19-year Rare vet. Creative director Gregg Mayles, who was the “creative force” behind titles including Donkey Kong Country, Viva Pinata and the next iteration of Banjo Kazooie, will be in charge of overseeing all titles in development and the creation of new IP at Rare. Microsoft added that the Stampers haven’t disclosed any details regarding their immediate plans and their departure “will not impact the development teams at Rare.” Microsoft acquired Rare in 2002 for $375 million in an effort to solidify the exclusive software offerings for its Xbox gaming business. Under Microsoft’s ownership, Rare released games including Grabbed by the Ghoulies and Conker: Live & Reloaded for the original Xbox and Kameo and Perfect Dark Zero for Xbox 360. Prior to the Microsoft acquisition, the studio developed classic titles including Battletoads and R.C. Pro-Am for NES and GoldenEye 007 for N64, among many other games. The recent kid-friendly Viva Pinata for Xbox 360 launched in November to positive reviews and is described by Microsoft as “the cornerstone” of its strategy to broaden the Xbox audience. However, many onlookers insist that recent titles fail to live up to Rare’s own stellar track record. Microsoft said that the departure of the pair has nothing to do with any perceived disappointment in Rare’s developer performance. Rare began in the early 1980s as Ultimate – Play the Game. According to Microsoft, Rare was officially founded in 1985 as a partnership between the Stampers and arcade pioneer Joel Hochberg.


Site Statistics

Registered Members: 44,314
Forum Posts: 725,652
Xbox One Titles: 1,071
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,085
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 585
Original Xbox Titles: 987
Staff Reviews: 1,640
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 14,062
Screenshots: 30,706
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News

See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

Xbox One Assassins Creed Origins
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 291 Views

Xbox One S Porsche 919 Hybrid Edition
Post by oryanphine
3 Replies, 325 Views

OG Xbox on Xbox One now live!
Post by Kamshaft
2 Replies, 556 Views

Xbox One S Renault F1
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 438 Views

Xbox One S Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 578 Views

Xbox One S Prey
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 397 Views

Xbox One S Cuphead
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 658 Views

Xbox One S Shadow of War a gagner
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 390 Views

I Buy Very Rare XBox 360 Faceplates
Post by Smill
8 Replies, 978 Views

Xbox Wire desormais disponible en francais
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 750 Views

Manette Xbox 360 Gamestop Radioactive
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 1071 Views

Xbox One Moratl Kombat X sur Ebay
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 1028 Views

Console Xbox 360 et faceplate Xbox 360 in package blue
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 981 Views

Seagate Fanfest External Drive Scorpio
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 1344 Views

Ultimate Game Face
Post by oryanphine
3 Replies, 1216 Views

© 2000-2017 - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics