Microsoft studio Rare hiring for new Windows 8 games team

In September, it was revealed that Microsoft was going to open up a new game development studio in London later this year, specifically to create games and other interactive apps for Windows 8 tablets. Now it appears that the company will be expanding its Windows 8 game efforts at a previously established studio, Rare.

As first spotted by Kotaku, the UK-based Rare has posted up word on the Microsoft Careers website that it has two open positions at the UK studio for a previously unannounced team that will work on Windows 8 games. One of the positions is for a lead game designer, while the other open job is for a 2D UI artist.

Formed in 1985, Rare achieved its early fame by making games for Nintendo's consoles such as Donkey Kong Country and Goldeneye 007. Microsoft acquired Rare in 2002 for $375 million and has since mostly made games for the Xbox 360 console, including Perfect Dark Zero, Viva Piñata and most recently the two Kinect Sports games.

With at least two known Microsoft owned teams working internally on games specifically for Windows 8, it seems clear that Microsoft wants to ramp up production on games for their new OS.

Source: Kotaku | Image via Microsoft

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