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About Rare

Studio Profile

We're rapidly closing in on 30 years of smash hit games and creative showcase experiences under the Rare name, and as Ultimate our legacy stretches back further still.

Established in 1985 to focus on the expanding console market, we partnered with Nintendo and sealed a reputation for quality with titles including Battletoads, Donkey Kong Country and GoldenEye.

The acquisition of Rare by Microsoft Game Studios came about in 2002 after a colossally successful run of titles throughout the 1990s. We went on to support the Xbox 360 debut with two of the three launch games, Kameo: Elements of Power and Perfect Dark Zero. Subsequent years saw us innovate with Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, the addictive Viva Piñata franchise and our pioneering work on Xbox 360 Avatars.

In recent years our investigations into cutting-edge motion control resulted in the multi-million selling, double BAFTA-winning Kinect Sports series. With development now firmly established for the Xbox One console, we're hard at work breathing life into the next unforgettable Rare adventure here at our custom-built HQ in the English Midlands.

If you'd like to be part of a fantastically talented team championing evolution in entertainment and inspiring everyone to play together, check out all the available opportunities.