Xbox boss man Phil Spencer has told OXM that Microsoft is "working closely" with "important" UK developer Rare, who he describes as being an "important studio". Rare reformed as the flagship Kinect studio for Microsoft, so questions are raised over what the studio will do next.
The short answer is they're still part of Microsoft, and that both Rare and Microsoft are figuring out what the studio will do in the future now that Xbox One is being sold without Kinect. Speaking to OXM UK editor Jon Hicks, Spencer had praised Rare as being an "important studio", and that they're free to do what they please.
"[Rare has] just come off the successful launch of Kinect Sports Rivals," said Spencer. "I think I've heard a few times from people asking about Rare - they're in the process of evaluating what they want to do next, and we're working closely with them to see what their new project will be.
"And I've also laughed when people have tried to use the word, what I "force" them to do - if you're around any independent studio, or like Rare a studio that's independent-minded, you'll know that forcing a studio to do something is never a successful equation. So they're free to look at all different kinds of opportunities, they always have been, and we're having a great time trying to work out with them what their next game might be, but we have nothing to announce right now."
Microsoft's Larry Hryb has gone on record to state that Microsoft will "still work to improve Kinect", so having a studio like Rare who was focusing on creating games for the peripheral being part of that improvement would be a boon. However, if Rare are really free to look at all opportunities, their next project may be a new Battletoads.