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Rare Making Free-To-Play, Windows 8 Mobile & Tablet Games

Tom Hopkins


New job ads reveal a new direction for Microsot studio and the house of classic IP, Rare.

Published on Oct 11, 2012

Rare, the maker of Kinect Sports, Banjo-Kazooie and Goldeneye 64, could be set to head in a number of new directions, including free-to-play games, and apps for Windows 8-powered mobile and tablet devices.

Three new Microsoft job ads for Rare hinted at the new projects - one listing for a Lead Producer reads: "Experience around delivering and running online services or Free-to-play experiences would be a distinct advantage."

Meanwhile, Rare is also seeking 2D and 3D artists "to create amazing art for Win 8 Mobile and Tablet devices" and "push the boundaries of innovation in entertainment with some amazing new projects."

Other ads still mention Xbox 360 development experience. Could we see a free-to-play Xbox game from Rare? It certainly sounds feasible since Microsoft confirmed the first F2P titles for the console.

We're sure the ads refer to games, but it does sound as if Rare is diversifying yet again after creating Xbox's Avatars and doing a lot of work on Kinect.

 

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