It is thought likely that Kameo, the ill-fated adventure game from Rare, will end up as an Xbox 360 title, the third platform to house the title in the past four years.
What is of more interest is the time it took for UK studio Rare - an outfit coming under increased criticism for its inability to release games on time and to expected standards - to port the game.
?Several months ago I gave a Xenon kit to a team at Rare,? said Xbox lead J Allard. ?They had an Xbox game in development, and they converted it to Xenon in six weeks. It was up and running in six weeks. With the updates we're giving developers now, that same game could easily be transferred in half that time. Xenon is absolutely easier to develop for than Xbox, no question.?
This impressive assertion from the upper echelons of Microsoft Games Studios claims that the Xenon, the development kit for the 360, can take in Xbox code and spew out next-generation code within three weeks, truly an unprecedented development ability if true.
All of which brings us to the question: which games at Rare are likely to make this jump? Perfect Dark Zero is something of a given, leaving Kameo as the only serious contender. As you may well know, Kameo had its release date removed by Rare back in November
and no revised date was offered.
Given the reaction by the gaming press and gamers to Grabbed by the Ghoulies, it will be interesting to see the quality of Rare?s offerings, especially if they have been converted to 360, which in some cases will be the third host platform for the code.
We?ll keep you updated.