Former Rare Staff Working On Project Ukulele, Banjo-Kazooie’s Spiritual Successor


A new indie studio has recently made its appearance in an interview in the upcoming issue of Edge, to the delight of old Rare fans. If you love Banjo-Kazooie, or the old Donkey Kong games, you’re going to love Playtonic Games, a new indie studio which is assembled entirely of former Rare staffers. Playtonic Games has announced its first project, too: a Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor currently being referred to as “Project Ukulele”. Here’s an excerpt from the announcement on their website:

"We’ve got the bloke who programmed Donkey Kong Country, the character designer behind Banjo and Kazooie, and the artist who made your console fit to burst with lavish environments across a decade’s worth of adventure games.Together, our all-star ensemble is aiming to build its debut game, ‘Project Ukulele’, into a worthy spiritual successor to those fondly remembered platforming adventures we built in the past."

The website also features a teaser image, captioned, “who’s hiding in here?” Who could that be?

The website states that their goal is to “get back to our roots” and the “golden age of gaming.” Sounds exciting! It’ll be interesting to see what this team can do with the advancements in gaming technology since the games they are noted for, and what kind of animal this spiritual successor will turn out to be.

h/t Gamnesia

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