Former Rare Devs Announce 'Spiritual Successor' to Banjo Kazooie


A number of former Rare developers are working on a ‘spiritual successor’ to classic N64 platformer Banjo Kazooie, according to this month’s EDGE magazine.

In an interview, Playtonic studio confirmed that they already have funding for the game, but are actively looking for a publisher to partner up with. The team currently consists of six full time staff members, and soon hopes to expand to 15. It is also being reported that original composer Grant Kirkhope is involved in scoring the title’s soundtrack.

In addition to a potential Steam Early Access release, the studio also expressed interest in putting out a Wii U version of the game. A NeoGAF thread quotes one of the developers as saying: “There’s a history of working with Nintendo so we’d naturally love to see our game on a Nintendo platform. If people tell us to make Wii U our target console platform then we’ve got the flexibility to do that.”

No title or gameplay details were announced, although it definitely won’t involve Banjo and Kazooie, as original developer and Microsoft subsidiary Rare still owns the rights to the franchise. Nevertheless, the news will still come as a nice surprise to fans of the loveable duo.

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