We've been on the scene under the Rare name for 25 years, and as Ultimate our legacy stretches back further still.
Established in 1985 to focus on the expanding console market, we partnered with Nintendo and sealed a reputation for quality with titles ranging from Donkey Kong Country to GoldenEye.
The acquisition of Rare by Microsoft Game Studios came about in 2002. We went on to support the Xbox 360 debut with two of the three launch games, Kameo and Perfect Dark Zero. Subsequent years saw us innovate with Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, the Viva Piñata franchise and our pioneering work on Xbox 360 Avatars.
We continue to target top-tier development at our custom-built rural HQ in the English Midlands. The boundless opportunities afforded by Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor are our current source of inspiration, with the multi-million selling, double BAFTA-winning duo of Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports: Season Two already under our belts.
The benefits of working with Rare go beyond the obvious perks of two-and-a-half decades of industry experience, a hard-earned reputation for quality and a new modern Birmingham facility to complement our main custom-built HQ deep in the heart of the English countryside (with landscaped grounds, modern on-site restaurant, dedicated R&D and IT departments, fully-equipped recording studio and much more).
In addition to all that's been mentioned, Rare's association with Microsoft carries with it the considerable security of support from a huge, well-established international company.
And still there's more. On top of a competitive starting salary, we also offer the following benefits to full-time employees (not applicable to contractual/temporary workers):
* Annual bonus
* Private healthcare for employees and their families
* Life assurance
* Critical illness cover
* Use of the Employee Assistance Programme
* Discounted Microsoft products from the Company Store
Potential employees with talent, enthusiasm and the confidence that they can have something special to offer are encouraged to contact us. Check the vacancy listings to see what's currently available.