“Banjo-Kazooie” Spiritual Successor Planned
United Kingdom-based developer, Rare, might have been one of the leading studios throughout the mid-90s to early 00s, but their titles in the past half decade have left a creative void. The dynamics, synergy, and reasons at play for these happenings are debatable. Yet, what remains are the visionaries who still grasp onto the workings that made those old games superb.
Recently, ex-Rare employees have reunited to try and create a spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie franchise. Within the group is artist Steven Hurst, series composer Grant Kirkhope, and several others.
More details after the break.
For now, details are scant except the project will be a completely new intellectual property with similar tones of humor, silly characters, great gameplay, and musical score. Murmurings of a Kickstarter are circulating for the project, but nothing announced at this time.
Gamers can revisit the themes of the ex-devs’ work with the original Banjo-Kazooie and its sequel, Banjo-Tooie, via Xbox Live Arcade. The pseudo sequel, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts (released only for the XBOX 360 in 2008) also exists.
Fans can follow the project’s development through the groups Twitter handle @MingyJongo.