Xbox co-creator Ed Fries has revealed on the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered that Activision nearly managed to get the rights to Rare. Fries said it was looking increasingly likely that Activision would get Rare until Microsoft increased their bid at the very last-minute meaning that they took control of the company behind Banjo and Conker.
“So we put in a bid and then Activision outbid us, and it looked like we were going to lose the deal,” Xbox co-creator Ed Fries explained on the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered, which debuts tomorrow. And then at the very last minute Robbie increased our bid and we won the deal. And that was it,” Fries said, adding, “Who knows what could have happened with Rare.”