As of right now, Microsoft has, without a doubt, the weakest first party lineup and stable of franchises in the industry. Nintendo’s catalog of games is, of course, second to none, and Sony has been building up a healthy set of franchises over the last decade or so as well. Microsoft’s, in contrast, stands as really anemic.
It doesn’t have to be this way- Microsoft is sitting on a gold mine, as it owns Rare, and Rare’s franchises would give it some extremely strong, compelling original games. In recent years, Microsoft has made more of a move to utilize Rare IP- the Xbox One launched with Killer Instinct, for example- and Phil Spencer was teasing a new Rare game for the Xbox One a while ago, while Microsoft registered a trademark for Battletoads as well.
Now, it appears, that the new Rare game may in fact be Perfect Dark, judging by Phil Spencer’s teasing on Twitter.
Of course, it is to be noted that he didn’t say anything too specific- but given the context that we have, it’s not a stretch to believe that Rare may actually be working on a brand new game in the series. Now, whether that game is any good or not is something that remains to be seen.