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Five Former Rare Employees Form a New Studio

Jordan Haygood

A few months ago, we told you about a group of ex-Rare staffers with plans of creating a spiritual successor to Banjo-Tooie. Well, while we wait for that, five other ex-Rare staffers have decided to band together to form a new studio called Flippin Pixels. Unlike with the other Rare veterans, however, these five left the company just last year with eyes set on mobile gaming.


The new-found company consists of the following people:


Steve Brand - Studio Director

James Ackroyd - Software Director

Steven Hurst - Art Director

Shaun Read - Design Director

Gary Richards - Technical Director


"We have a lot to learn, but what we do bring is years of console experience and high quality execution,"
Ackroyd said in an interview with GI.biz in regards to their shift from consoles to mobile platforms.


"We've only just recently been looking at how to monetize through games,"
Ackroyd continued.
"The nature of the mobile market is so fast moving you can't afford to stay on something for months. You need to get it out there while it's still fresh. It's a little bit like buying a lottery ticket but if you've got the quality there hopefully that rises to the top."


Flippin Pixels is already planning several different projects, with one currently in development.


"We have a concept that's actually partway into development and the rest of our concepts are in paper form and bubbling to the surface,"
said studio director Steve Brand.
"We'll build those out to a bigger business plan and approach publishers with them, that's one of the short-term goals."


Are you interested in seeing what these former Rare employees have in store for the mobile market?

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