There’s a bit of speculation surrounding RARE’s new game being developed for the Xbox One, and whilst it’s easy to think of the more well known IPs such as Banjo Kazooie or wishful thinking suggesting a niche fighting game Killer Instinct, what is perhaps clue to the mystery is how the game is being described and a screen image as revealed by XboxOneDaily.
Now if we focus for a moment on the words of Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer, he said:
“Fans of Rare and Rare IP I think will be pleased with what we’re going to show at E3. We had a limited amount of time today and a lot of story to tell. But Rare remains an incredibly important part of our development capability. That historic IP that they’ve built I think can play a real important role on Xbox One.”
If we read between the lines a little and take the Phil’s words literally then the use of the words “historic” have double meaning. In one sense it could describe one of RARE’s earliest or most successful games, on the other, it could actually describe the game itself. Usually when referring to a well known or popular franchise, the word “classic” is used, but in this case it’s “historic”.
Looking through RARE’s history, there’s one game which stands out like a sore thumb which involves historic moments and that is the 1990 game Time Lord which sees the player from the future head back in time to Medieval England 1250 AD, Western U.S.A. 1860 AD, Caribbean 1650 AD, and France 1943 AD – you can’t get any more historic than that surely. The game is a side scrolling action game originally released on the NES by Milton Bradley in 1990. Could RARE be bringing the concept of this game back to life especially as the Trademark owned by Milton Bradley was relinquished in 1996 under section 8.
Whilst the image from the Xbox One dash doesn’t give much away, the clothing of the character does look futuristic and looks like he’s holding an orb in his hand (the basis of the Time Lord game), and would fit the bill. The image certainly doesn’t suggest a new Conker, Banjo, Perfect Dark game or Killer Instinct which some are hoping for.