EXCLUSIVE: A Recap of 2012 and a Glimpse of What’s Ahead for 2013!

Happy New Year everyone! 2012 has come and gone and 2013 has begun! It’s the end of the first year for RFDB after its rebranding from Rare-Elite and relaunch on May 5th. I just want to thank you all for the support throughout the year and I’m really looking forward to continuing to deliver more content, the latest news, more new features and exclusives. Thank you all once again for everything!

So now that 2012 has concluded, what all did Rare deliver to their fans? In terms of new software, we didn’t really get anything aside from the Kinect Sports: Ultimate Collection which combined both Kinect Sports titles and their DLC into one nice package. Three packs of DLC for Kinect Sports: Season Two were released early in the year and we received nineteen Rare themed Minecraft skins featuring characters from many Rare franchises such as Banjo-Kazooie,Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Conker, Jet Force Gemini and more!

Aside from Rare themselves, there was some great games released from former Rare veterans, all of which were released exclusively for iOS devices. Wil and Ed Bryan continued to revolutionize fun educational children’s apps with their work at Nosy Crow; Crash Lab released a tough and challenging game with Twist Pilot and a currently exclusive-to-parts-of-Europe movie based game called The Snowman and the Snowdog with a worldwide release coming next year: and of course Chris Seavor and his new game studio, Gory Detail Limited, gave us the awesome Parashoot Stan.

That’s pretty much 2012 in a nutshell, so what can we expect from 2013? Well rumors all but suggest that the Xbox 720/Durango will be releasing this Holiday Season and we know from Rare’s massive hiring last year that they are deep into development on it. Kinect Sports 3, a new action/adventure title (that might be a new Jet Force Gemini) and Chief Samurai are a few of the rumored games they’re working on. Microsoft also publicly announced they were renewing the Killer Instinct trademark. They were denied it, however, to the distraught of us all but that would unlikely lead to any cease of development, assuming there was any to begin with.

What do you all think? Were you satisfied with the Rare and ex-Rare content that we received last year? What are your hopes and expectations for 2013? Let us know in the comments below!