by David Sanchez on September 27, 2012 @ 3:13 pm
Update: So far we know of two specific former Rare team members who are both hoping to get this Banjo-Tooie spiritual successor project rolling. Artist Steven Hurst and composer Grant Kirkhope, who worked on the popular 3D platformer, would very much like to make this happen.
Original story: Banjo-Kazooie will forever go down as one of my favorite games of all time. The fact of the matter is that Rare managed to deliver something truly special during the Nintendo 64 era, and then it followed that up with the incredible Banjo-Tooie, an excellent experience in its own right. So you can imagine my elation when I first found out that members of the original Banjo-Tooie development team wanted to make a spiritual successor to the series.
“Let’s make the spiritual successor to Banjo-Tooie! Core members of the original team are ready to go. All we need is your support. So join us today!” reads the Twitter profile description of Mingy Jongo.
It should be pointed out that these folks aren’t out to make a new Banjo game. They simply hope to recreate the magic of that series in an all-new IP. Considering how well it worked out last time, I know a lot of gamers would be pretty stoked to see a new project come from these developers.
Funding is still unknown at the moment, but I imagine Mingy Jongo could always go the Kickstarter route. Additionally, the current plan would be to pursue the Unity Engine as a tool for creating the game. I can’t help but think about Nintendo announcing its partnership with Unity for the Wii U. Imagine a game from the original Banjo team being released for a Nintendo platform. That would be, like, poetic justice!
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