Longtime developer Rare, currently under the publishing wing of Microsoft, will announce a brand new game at this year's upcoming E3 2015 event. The details are sketchy but there are some hints that have been made available to give gamers a small idea of what to expect.
Gematsu gave a pretty good rundown of the information. Studio creative director Simon Woodroffe commented about the announcement on Twitter, saying...
E3 (and beyond!!!) E3 will tell the world what Gregg Mayles’ new project is about. All I can give here is a quote from the man himself ‘This is more fun than anything we’ve ever done.'
Mayles was responsible for a number of Rare games, including Donkey Kong Country, Conker and the Banjo-Kazooie series.
Interestingly enough, some of the former members of Rare who also worked on the Banjo Kazooie series have already joined forces to continue the work that the company was known for back when they were making good games on Nintendo game consoles. The former Rare members formed Playtonic Games and came up with a crowd-funded project for a game called Yooka-Laylee. The game is another colorful, 3D adventure title similar to the likes of Jax & Daxter or Ratchet & Clank, or more appropriately, it's being considered as the true spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie.
Quite naturally, this puts a lot of pressure on Microsoft to deliver something big at E3 because now they have rivals in the form of Playtonic Games touting a pedigree of Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong with a game that could easily deflate some of the hype if Microsoft has Rare working on a similar 3D platforming game. That could be a possibility as Gematsu notes...
Also, pictures of banjos were tweeted, and a NeoGAF poster verified by the forums moderators teased a new Banjo-Kazooie for E3.
Banjo-Kazooie and Yooka-Laylee rivaling could create some interesting conversations, especially since the latter has already surpassed its funding goal and is scheduled to arrive in 2016 for PC and home consoles.
However, there is a bit of a silver lining that falls in favor of Rare having some separation from their rivals in the form of Playtonic Games. According to the Gematsu article, they remind readers that Battletoads is a property under Microsoft's IP wing. Could Rare be working on a brand new Battletoads game? If so, it could be the perfect way to avoid unveiling a colorful 3D platformer that a lot of people would instantly compare to Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee.
That's not to mention that Battletoads recently appeared in Shovel Knight as a collaborative effort between Microsoft and Yacht Club Games, so there's definitely some hype and market presence there. It wouldn't be shocking if that's what Rare was working on.
But what if it's not Battletoads? Well, this falls back to Phil Spencer's comments about Microsoft wanting to focus on new IP for this year's E3 press conference. New IP is definitely a good thing, and once again, anything that helps give Rare separation from the competition and a reason for gamers to be excited is enough to help build excitement and anticipation for whatever they have planned for the Xbox One.