Rare and Lionhead remain 'crown jewels' for Microsoft

Microsoft reaffirmed its commitment to its Rare and Lionhead studios this week, assuring that both are "crown jewels" in its Microsoft Studios division as multiple games from the developers continue to take shape.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison noted that development at Rare continues unabated after a round of layoffs hit the studio last month.

"We are very fortunate in having Rare and Lionhead in the UK as crown jewels of Microsoft Studios," Harrison said. "Rare is working on a couple of things at the moment, which we will announce at the right time. But I'm really excited by the things they're doing and I believe you will be as well when you hear about them."

Harrison continued: "Rare is an incredible talent and they have some very very ambitious plans for the future and we're supporting them in every way we can."

Lionhead, meanwhile, has assembled an eight-person team to tackle a new intellectual property, which will serve as a follow-up to the studio's current project Fable Legends.

[Image: Microsoft / Rare]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.