Following yesterday's quite surprising news that the Stamper brothers have left Rare
, SPOnG has just received the official statement on the matter directly from Microsoft in the U.S.A.
The press release itself contains the kind of terse (two line) farewell that you’d expect to see at the bottom of a termination letter. It continues by bigging-up the rest of the Rare team.
The statement simply reads, "After more than 20 years, Chris and Tim Stamper have decided to leave Rare to pursue other opportunities. We thank them for the many years they have contributed to the Rare brand and wish them luck in their future endeavours. From the early beginnings as a company known as Ultimate - Play the Game and the creation of the first title Jetpac
in 1983, to the recent release of Viva Piñata
as the cornerstone of Microsoft Game Studios' broadening strategy, the creative minds at Rare have contributed immensely to the success of the videogame industry as a whole."
"Leading the Rare team into the next generation of interactive entertainment as Studio Director is Mark Betteridge, a 19 year veteran of Rare who also worked at Ultimate. As software director at Rare, Mark has led the software development teams and helped create numerous hit franchises over the years. Gregg Mayles, the creative force behind such titles as Donkey Kong Country
, Viva Piñata and the next iteration from the [i]Banjo Kazooie
franchise, will serve as Creative Director, responsible for overseeing all titles in development and the origination of new IP."
Reading the release, we doubt that Microsoft bought the Stampers a nine-carat gold carriage clock leaving present…