The battle over the position of Microsoft’s ownership of Rare -- and whether the company is still worth two cents of anyone’s time -- has raged for quite some time. But now the whole thing has boiled over and out of the pot, as the debate on Rare’s worth has become a small yet noticeable spotlight in the industry’s news circuit.

Microsoft recently announced that they are planning on restructuring Rare for purposes of profitability. Microsoft invested quite a bit of money (the sum of $325 million) into exclusive rights to Rare products. However, the development studio has yet to turn out any Halo-esque results.

Anyway, with the news of Microsoft’s restructuring plan well underway, some writers within the industry felt that it was necessary to call into question the importance of Rare’s position in today’s age of gaming. Specifically, Gameinfront’s Omodis420. A good question is aroused out of the small article regarding Rare’s credibility for continued success. They go as far as to rhetorically tort that “Rare has gone bust”.

On the other side of the spectrum is Ryan Rigney from Slapstic, exclaiming that Rare, makers of classics such as GoldenEye, Perfect Dark and Banjo Kazooie, is not a bust, but rather overlooked for the quality of games that they do make. It’s true, though, that Rare helped carry Nintendo through the N64 era, or as some like to call it, the dry-spell of Nintendo’s success.

In the end, Rare didn’t help Microsoft recoup the millions invested into their exclusivity, yet they didn’t actually up and flop with poorly designed games that carried no merit of creativity or an aim of quality (i.e., We forgive Rare for being rushed by Microsoft to toss out the glitchy and unfinished product known as Perfect Dark Zero). In the end, we can only hope that the right audience finds Rare’s next project, and equally hope that Rare targets their next project to the right audience.

For more information about Rare and their products, feel free to visit their Official Website. For more gaming news, information and insight, be sure to stay tuned in with Blend Games.

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