Microsoft rekindles hope for Viva Pinata Xbox One
Will there ever be another Viva Pinata game? Only if Rare equips all the Pinatas/Pinatae with bazookas and throwing stars - amirite, peddlers of received wisdom about market trends? Posting on Reddit, Microsoft PR wizard Larry "Major" Hryb "Nelson" has offered a bit of solace to fans dismayed by the IPs continued absence from shelves.
"FYI: I sent this thread to the head of Rare," the Major told the instigator of a plea for the franchises return. "So I am sure hes lurking here. Somewhere." A ridiculously threadbare basis for a news story, you object? My, my, that sounds uncannily like the sort of thing a person who DOESNT WANT TO PLAY ANOTHER VIVA PINATA GAME would say. We have ways and means of dealing with your ilk, backstabber.
The idea isnt as unlikely as it may sound, anyway. We know that Rare has ideas for how a new Viva Pinata might use Xbox Ones Kinect - the studio is undeterred by hardcore cynicism about the peripheral (and motion control at large).
We also know that Studios boss Phil Spencer doesnt want Rare to just make Kinect games - hes suggested that a new platformer would be nice, and platformers arent worlds away from top-down sugar animal management sims, are they? Come on, Spencer. If you can greenlight a new Zoo Tycoon...
Any hopes to share? Ill be over in the corner if anybody needs me, eating a nice, restorative bag of sugar.