The former boss of the Xbox 360 (and Dreamcast) said some harsh things about UK developer Rare in the third part of The Guardian’s interview with him. Moore was asked about the Xbox 360’s strengths during his reign, and this somehow led him to talk about how he feels that Rare’s skills are “not applicable in today’s market”.
“Microsoft, we’d had a tough time getting Rare back – Perfect Dark Zero was a launch title and didn’t do as well as Perfect Dark… but we were trying all kinds of classic Rare stuff and unfortunately I think the industry had past Rare by – it’s a strong statement but what they were good at, new consumers didn’t care about anymore, and it was tough because they were trying very hard – Chris and Tim Stamper were still there – to try and recreate the glory years of Rare, which is the reason Microsoft paid a lot of money for them and I spent a lot of time getting on a train to Twycross to meet them.”
“Great people. But their skillsets were from a different time and a different place and were not applicable in today’s market.”
Before the Rare fans out there get too defensive, note that Peter Moore was speaking in the past tense. Moore has nothing to do with the new Banjo Kazooie game, or anything else Rare is working on.
Do you think Rare has what it takes to get with the times? Me? I’m not so worried about them. Talent is talent, right?