No DLC for Viva Piñata

Rare busy doing other stuff.

Rare has confirmed that it will not produce any further downloadable content for Xbox 360 title Viva Piata, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

The Microsoft-owned developer made the comment on its own website in response to a question from a fan. Rare also said the Viva Piata team is working on an alternative project.

"We aren't doing any downloadable content for Viva Piata because we are much too busy doing something else," wrote a member of the Viva Piata team in the Scribes column.

The revelation echoes comments made by Rare late last year. In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, lead designer Gregg Mayles expressed scepticism about the value of producing downloadable content for Viva Piata unless there was significant demand.

"The jury is still out," Mayles said at the time.

"It's almost pointless doing a huge amount of work at this point, because if it's not going to be successful you may as well put that effort into making a new game."

Viva Piata has not been the mass market success Rare and Microsoft were hoping for. It sold poorly on its release in late 2006, failing to break into the UK all-formats top 40.

However, although the original release will not be supported with DLC, both developer and publisher are committed to developing the Viva Piata brand further.

PC and Nintendo DS versions have been announced, along with a spin-off party game, Viva Piata Party Animals, which is in development at Krome Studios.

At present it is unclear whether the "something else" being developed by the Viva Piata team is an extension of the franchise or an all-new project.

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