It shouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that the Microsoft-owned Rare is staffing up for development work on next-gen console titles. The news comes by way of job listings for Senior Product Manager and Principal Program Manager, spotted by Superannuation. The former listing specifically mentions Rare's work on "multiple AAA future console releases," with preference going to those with experience "in the action/adventure or FPS genre."
It's the AAA mention that makes this news particularly eye-catching. Rare is behind some of gaming's most well-known classics, including GoldenEye 007 and Conker's Bad Fur Day on the Nintendo 64 as well as all of the Battletoads and Donkey Kong Country games (and so many others). The studio was purchased by Microsoft in 2002, and its output since that purchase has been marked by games targeted at wider audiences, like Viva Pinata and Kinect Sports.
Bringing Rare back into the core gamer fold would be a beautiful thing. Who among you wouldn't want to see another Conker game, or another Killer Instinct, or Perfect Dark, or Battletoads, or any number of other franchise revivals?
Okay, maybe not Battletoads. Cursed Battletoads. How many NES controllers did it claim the lives of?