Rare Are More Than Willing to Loan Out More Characters
Written Thursday, January 14, 2010 By Dan WebbView author's profile
Following on from the news that Banjo and Kazooie will be appearing in SEGA's upcoming All-Stars Racing title, Rare's studio head, Mark Betteridge, told CVG that they were willing to do it again, with more characters, but only if it suits the brand.
"It makes sense to keep our characters in the public eye and in players' awareness, and this opportunity was one we couldn't pass up," said Betteridge.
"Not only did it allow Banjo and Kazooie to appear as they've most recently been seen in a Nuts & Bolts-style vehicle, but we'd be entrusting them to a well-known publisher with its own compatible stable of characters."
Was this a one off for Rare or could it happen again? According to Betteridge, if it's "beneficial to the franchise," sure, why not?
"We're wary of spreading any of our properties too thin, but at the same time the feedback on Banjo appearing in All-Stars Racing has been great, so as long as we choose carefully, we're happy to give players extra opportunities to take control of Rare characters."
Someone has to put these characters to use, right? Considering that Rare are snowed under with this Natal malarkey and they're creating some Xbox Live Arcade remake as well... the name of which eludes me at the moment.
[Via OXM UK]