Some of Rare’s key players have left the company, and by key players I mean Rare founders Chris and Tim Stamper, who famed Rare ex-employee Chris Seavor said would have stuck with Nintendo if Microsoft hadn’t purchased the company back in 2002.
That’s what Seavor told Rare Fanbase in a long-ranging interview, adding that he believes, with a few tweaks, the company would have remained intact if Nintendo partnership was still in place.
Microsoft purchased Rare in 2002 for $375 million. Back then, Chris Stamper, chairman and technical director of Rare, said, “Our mission at Rare has always been to make the industry’s best games for the widest possible audience. Teaming with Microsoft gives us the best opportunity to accomplish this goal. Microsoft’s dedication and commitment to game creators, research and development, and to gaming innovation made them the obvious partner to take Rare into the future.”
“We’ve always insisted on pushing the envelope when it comes to creativity,” added Tim Stamper, co-founder and creative director of Rare. “And now we get the chance to create for Xbox.”
Looking back in hindsight, we wonder what would Stamper say now.
Pretty much. Tim and Chris would still be around, Mark B, Simon, loads of other people who subsequently left as well… Even me maybe A company isn’t defined by bricks and mortar. It’s a people thing, so yeah , bar a few tweaks it would have been pretty much the same, both the good and the bad.
Rare fans have been asking for a new Killer Instinct title for ages, but Microsoft blocked the company from working on the fighter franchise to focus instead on Kinect titles.