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Rare evaluating future projects after Kinect decision

Phil Spencer says it's " free to look at all different kinds of opportunities"

Rare and Microsoft are evaluating future projects now that Kinect sensors will no longer be included with every Xbox One purchase.

Kinect Sports Rivals, Rare's most recent title, makes heavy use of the Kinect sensor to let users act out athletic events in front of their televisions. Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports Season Two are its other most recent games, having released in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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Xbox head Phil Spencer told OXM that Rare's next project is still being decided.

"[Rare has] just come off the successful launch of Kinect Sports Rivals," Spencer said. "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."

Spencer said the "independent-minded" (but Microsoft-owned) studio remains free to pursue the projects that interest it:

"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 announced on Tuesday that it would ship a new Kinect-less Xbox One package starting in June for $399 USD / £349

Microsoft argued that it will increase sales of both Xbox One and Kinect overall by giving consumers more choice. However, Zumba Fitness studio Zoe Mode complained that the decision "all but kills the chances of making an original Kinect title unless it is a major licensed fitness or dance product."

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