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Microsoft’s Ken Lobb talks Battletoads

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Rare as we know it, isn’t the same developer of yesteryear. From the days of Donkey Kong Country, Banjo Kazooie and even Viva Piñata, Rare has evolved into a studio that pumps out stuff such as Kinect Sports Rivals. But that’s the Rare of today. And the Rare of tomorrow could be a studio that once again flexes its creative muscles; something that Microsoft sees potential in.

Speaking to Inner Circle Podcast (via Dualshockers), Microsoft Studios Ken Lobb discussed the studio, as well as Battletoads which got trademarked last year:

So will there ever be another Banjo, Viva, Blast Corps, Battletoads? Yeah, some day. And I think the reason you see things like Battletoads revived is because we know there’s value, so we renewed the trademark.

I wouldn’t put it past Microsoft to safeguard the trademark for any future use. They don’t have to start a game right now starring the Battletoads, but it is nice to have control over them for when they’re ready to make a new game. If they ever choose to do so. Something that Lobb addressed on the podcast:

Does that mean it’s coming this year? No. Does that mean it’ll never come? Absolutely not. We have a lot of passion internally for each of these games that you mentioned and we have surprises in store in the near and long future, but understand that what it’s really about is, we want to build this suite of IP [so] that we can add to that list of ‘let’s build some new things,’ ‘let’s build some recent sequels,’ and ‘let’s do some crazy stuff’ like dig back into a portfolio of IP and build some games that people love.

I’d love for Rare to return to form. To get given the chance to create the kind of games that were magic for us back in the day, but for the audience of tomorrow. C’mon Microsoft, make it so.

Last Updated: January 12, 2015

35 Comments

  1. Battlefield… but with toads? I’m sold!

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    • Norm (@e3zype3zy)

      January 12, 2015 at 14:38

      However, they will never have a weapon as awesome as this!

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      • Captain JJ Saga

        January 12, 2015 at 14:45

        Hells yes

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 12, 2015 at 14:48

        Hallelujah

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      • HairyEwok

        January 12, 2015 at 14:53

        Hallelujah. Preach brother preach away! Give this man a Amen.

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    • Admiral Chief

      January 12, 2015 at 14:39

      Tongue melee!

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      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 12, 2015 at 14:40

        huehuehuehue

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      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        January 12, 2015 at 14:40

        Sies.

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      • Captain JJ Saga

        January 12, 2015 at 14:46

        Sounds like puberty.

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 12, 2015 at 14:57

        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          January 12, 2015 at 14:58

          What horror movie is that from?

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          • Admiral Chief

            January 12, 2015 at 15:04

            MTV

          • Hammersteyn

            January 12, 2015 at 15:06

            I wish it wish it was a special effect.

        • Captain JJ Saga

          January 12, 2015 at 15:01

          You sick bastard. Now I’ll never sleep again. ;P

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        • Ghost In The Rift

          January 12, 2015 at 15:08

          *KOTS*

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        • HairyEwok

          January 12, 2015 at 15:51

          This is the final boss. The beautiful queen frog that was tainted by twerking and hashtags.

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          • Hammersteyn

            January 12, 2015 at 15:57

            Bwahahahaha!!!

    • Admiral Chief

      January 12, 2015 at 14:54

      Rocket-powered fly-grenade

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      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 12, 2015 at 14:54

        eish

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        • Admiral Chief

          January 12, 2015 at 14:58

          What, I’d play that

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    • Admiral Chief

      January 12, 2015 at 14:54

      Bullfrog tanks

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  2. Ghost In The Rift

    January 12, 2015 at 14:37

    I remeber the old battletoads,

    You think Dark Souls is hardcore,try battletoads,thats just insane.

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 12, 2015 at 14:47

      That’s third level O_o

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      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 12, 2015 at 14:50

        I never want to remember,the pain,the embarrassment trying to finish the level to impress a girl although i haven’t hit puberty yet.:'(

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  3. Mandom (Umar)

    January 12, 2015 at 14:38

    Coming back as an F2P MP Arena Shooter

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    • Viking Of Science

      January 12, 2015 at 14:42

      On Mobile ( I assume you hit post too soon :P)

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      • Mandom (Umar)

        January 12, 2015 at 14:53

        Dammit 🙁

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        • Raptor Rants A Lot

          January 12, 2015 at 14:54

          with cooldown timers

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  4. RinceThis

    January 12, 2015 at 14:43

    Oh Battletoads, how you ruined my childhood! http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view2/1267469/battletoads-o.gif And blast you OvG for always getting to the end and then going into the LAST flipping obstacle!

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    • Ghost In The Rift

      January 12, 2015 at 14:45

      That broke me as a child,that insane level

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 12, 2015 at 14:56

      I beat that level a few times. But it doesn’t get any easier. The ice level after that can suck my left one.

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      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 12, 2015 at 15:07

        You still have your right one though?:-P

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  5. Hammersteyn

    January 12, 2015 at 14:48

    Difficulty toned down for the new gen.

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  6. CypherGate

    January 12, 2015 at 15:05

    I think this one should stay where it is. Was a good game, but I cant see a fully 3d game like this catching my eye. If it stuff to a nice 2D HD drawn game then we can talk.

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  7. Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

    January 12, 2015 at 15:07

    It’s gonna be an app. Mark my words.

    Reply

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