Spiritual Successor to Banjo-Kazooie Being Developed
Some exciting news today about a favorite from the past. Ex-Rare employees have reunited to try and create a spiritual successor to Banjo-Tooie. The group comprises of series composer Grant Kirkhope and artist Steven Hurst among others and they have set up a new Twitter account under the name Mingy Jongo in order to see how high interest is in this game. Be sure to follow it and respond to show your support. All that is known about the game is what has been revealed from this Twitter account’s feed.
The new game will be a 3D platformer and will seemingly be built on the Unity engine as they tweeted, ”#unity will probably be perfect for our spiritual successor. I’m thinking keeping level of detail and googly eyes close to the original…” There are also hints that suggest a Kickstarter project in the works as well. Although this isn’t a new Banjo-Kazooie title per se, as Rare proper owns the rights as does Microsoft, but this will be a brand new IP that shares ” that same kind of humour, silly characters, fun game play, great tunes and all that stuff.”
The original Banjo-Kazooie was released back in 1998 for the Nintendo 64 with a sequel Banjo-Tooie following in 2000. Rare was then bought by Microsoft and currently is in charge of the Kinect Sports series, although the original two games were released on XBLA with HD graphics in 2008 and 2009 respectively. A third game in the series, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, was released in 2008 but although it received generally positive reviews from critics, fans were more negative and sales reached close to only half a million copies sold.
One of my favorite series on the N64 is Banjo-Kazooie. I was disappointed with Nuts and Bolts so I’m happy to see this new game share qualities with the original titles. What you do think? Can it be just as good as the original games? Is it a deal breaker that this won’t be a Banjo-Kazooie title? Comment below and let us know!