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Rare News

UK-based developer Rare has been making the news rounds as of late, and not by choice. Rumors alleging that the company is secretly in development with PS2 and Xbox software in addition to its GameCube works have spread far and wide, with sources pointing toward Activision and Microsoft as possible publishers for the PS2 and Xbox formats respectively. Everyone, including gaming loyalists, seems to have an opinion on the matter. Well, everyone except for Rare itself, which has so far refused to officially address any of the hearsay.

We recently chatted with Rare's US offices about why the developer showed only one title at the Electronics Entertainment Expo 2002 and indeed what is really going on with the long-time Nintendo companion. As expected, solid answers were not forthcoming. But some suspicious non-denials may deepen the strength of the ever-circulating third-party rumors.

When asked about the company's decidedly lackluster showing at E3 2002, a Rare spokesperson shrugged the display off as a matter of timing, and not emptying one's big guns all at once. "We wanted to keep the emphasis on Star Fox Adventures. With Nintendo having such an awesome GCN lineup we felt it would be overkill to show additional Rare titles," a representative said. "As it was, we think Nintendo had the best games at the show."

In regard to Activision and Microsoft publishing deals, Rare said simply: "We do not comment on rumors." Interestingly, however, when questioned directly on whether or not the company was in possession of PS2 or Xbox development hardware, the company did not offer a denial, but another "no comment." With no concrete answers still, more speculation is bound to run rampant.

More as it develops.


source IGN Cube







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