Two Rare Founders Leave

In disappointing news, word is out that Chris and Tim Stamper, two of Rare‘s three founders have left the company to ‘pursue other opportunities’. This comes in the shadow of disappointing sales for Viva Pinata, which was received well by critics, though Microsoft has said that it has nothing to do with their departure.

Rare was originally a Nintendo-owned studio, producing one of Nintendo 64’s best games ever: Perfect Dark. The company was then bought by Microsoft for $375 million; since then it has released two titles for the original Xbox, as well as two Xbox 360 launch titles Perfect Dark Zero and Kameo.

Mark Betteridge, a 19-year veteran of the Rare team, and Gregg Mayles will succeed as Studio and Creative Director, respectively.

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