The Rare we once knew is no more. Instead, the studio that once defined genres - with the likes of Goldeneye and Jet Force Gemini - has been converted into Microsoft's premiere Kinect stable. And to help oversee their new course of action, Rare has hired former Colin McRae and SEGA All-Stars Racing developer, Craig Duncan, as their new senior studio director.
Before joining Rare, Duncan was the development director at Sumo Digital for two years. He was also in charge of the ill-fated Midway Newcastle outfit before their abrupt closure in 2009, and held numerous positions at Codemasters for over five years. He's worked on a variety of games from Colin McRae Rally to - the actually quite good - Wheelman.
Regarding his new role, Duncan enthused "I'm thrilled to be taking on this leadership role at Rare; it is a studio with a great heritage and a consistent track record of creative innovation within Microsoft Game Studios". He's looking forward to creating "amazing games that will see Rare establish its position as one of the world's top game studios".
While it seems obvious Duncan will be helping Rare develop a new Kinect-equipped racer, his experience managing and overseeing all manner of titles suggests he'll be involved in more than just a single game. Rare is rumored to be hard at work on a sequel to Kinect Sports, the multi-million selling Kinect launch title. [GamesIndustryBiz]