This is the norm of corporate culture. If you actually study all the corporations out there, Microsoft is pretty tame in the BS they do.
It's a business norm where the bigger a company gets the more about money they get. Look at Blizzard and BioWare. Two game companies that are widely known for creating amazing games. Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Mass Effect, Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, etc. Back then with BioWare creating this enormous, immersive RPG Baldur's Gate and Blizzard creating Warcraft 2, Starcraft and Diablo II as a forerunner on online gaming (stable servers provided free) have become what we can describe as money-grubbers.
Blizzard is implementing Real Money Transactions into all their games. Premium custom maps will be created in Starcraft II, a real money Auction House in Diablo III and World of Warcraft has expensive services and a store for aesthetic items. BioWare's getting into the "yearly releases" business and sells overpriced DLC. Dragon Age II was compromised to allow for a speedier release.
Beloved underdogs have become financial giants and money-based decisions are apparent in both companies all the time. It's the business world. You're trying to assert that Microsoft has a hostile reason for not selling Rare's IPs, which simply isn't true.
Face it, Rare is for all intents and purposes, dead.
They were great, but Microsoft bought them, hoping them to be a AAA studio, but then they coudln't get anything out for Xbox other than Grabbed by the Ghoulies which was panned, and a conker remake.
Perfect Dark Zero was kind of meh and greatly overshadowed by Call of Duty 2 after being in development forever, no one cared about Viva Pinata, and utterly failed with Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts, which wasn't even a proper Banjo Kazooie game. The original creators left, and now they are are basically just "Rare" by name now and a Microsoft "yes man" company that created their Xbox live "Avatar" system, and now the Kinect sports games.
Rare as a develop sucks these days. It's sad that their IPs have been neglected and Microsoft discontinued the franchises. I wish Nintendo would buy back the rights to Banjo Kazooie, Conker, and Jet Force Gemini.
YAMI_ANUBIS_X posted... Out of all the console companies, MS is the most powerful, Sony is the 2nd most powerful due to them being the biggest electronic company in the world, MS is the biggest software company in the world, Nintendo is a videogame company.
Where are pulling that BS statement about Sony being the largest hardware company in the world from? As of Sony was the 22nd largest hardware company in the world. Since than Sony has dropped even lower on the list and Nintendo has surpassed it as a larger hardware company. Nintendo's a bigger company than you think. They're one of the top five software developers on the world and one of the top 20 hardware developers in the world.
I can't wait for Super Mario 3D, Mario Kart 3D, Paper Mario 3D, Luigi's Mansion 2, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Kirby Mass Attack, Kirby Wii, and Skyward Sword!