NEWS - Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Rare Spills The Beans

In an uncharacteristic move Mr. Scribes lets slip a few details regarding Perfect Dark Zero & Killer Instinct 3… When posed with the question regarding Perfect Dark Zero in Rare’s Scribes section, we were surprised to learn that the traditionally sarcastic response wasn’t issued, but instead an answer that may shed some light on the truth of the game. In reply, Scribes commented “Kameo and Conker are currently the only Xbox projects that we’ve shown to the public, yes. There may be others, or they may end up on the next machine. It all comes down to the fact that releasing games in the last stage of a console’s lifespan can be a less than hugely profitable experience, so sometimes it makes more sense to carry them over to the early days of the machine’s successor.” Certainly this adds credit to the belief that we have that Perfect Dark Zero will become the launch title for Xbox2, in the absence of an ‘original’ Halo title to launch the new system in late 2005. Hinting that Scribes may in fact be suffering from some illness, he went on to further answer questions about the possibility of Killer Instinct 3, claiming “We’ve said we may well do it when the time’s right, we feel we can produce something truly worthy of the name, and it’s got any chance at all of selling. The market for 2D fighters hasn’t exactly blossomed since KI2/Gold (almost a decade ago now, lest we forget), whereas the bar is arguably much higher for 3D fighters, so even that’s a decision we couldn’t make lightly. But as ever, we’re not ruling it out.” So what has happened to Rare and more particularly Mr. Scribes; being helpful is certainly not a trait of his that we’ve come accustomed to in the past. Whilst these are likely to remain unanswered questions, we would suggest that seeing Rare releasing titles after Conkers and Kameo on the Xbox are certainly looking unlikely.

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