Microsoft and Rare “Evaluating What They Want to Do Next” After Kinect De-Bundled from Xbox One
Microsoft made big news last week following the announcement that Kinect would no longer be included in the box for Xbox One, putting many game developers into question on the future of the device – more specifically, the news may have some negative consequences between Microsoft and Kinect Sports Rivals developer, Rare.
Answering questions from OXM, Xbox head Phil Spencer made a statement regarding the relationship between Microsoft and Rare following the announcement of removing Kinect from the Xbox One, given that the developer has worked earnestly to create big titles incorporating the device very heavily. Spencer mentioned:
“Rare is an important studio. [It has] just come off the successful launch of Kinect Sports Rivals. I think I’ve heard a few times from people asking about Rare – they’re in the process of evaluating what they want to do next, and we’re working closely with them to see what their new project will be.”
Spencer also spoke in regard to the company’s stance on further Kinect-based projects, and speaking against allegations that the company “forces” developers to include Kinect functionality into their games:
“I’ve also laughed when people have tried to use the word, what I ‘force’ them to do. If you’re around any independent studio, or like Rare a studio that’s independent-minded, you’ll know that forcing a studio to do something is never a successful equation.”
“So they’re free to look at all different kinds of opportunities, they always have been, and we’re having a great time trying to work out with them what their next game might be, but we have nothing to announce right now.”