Concept art for Playtonic’s Banjo-Kazooie “spiritual successor” emerges


Playtonic Games shared their intention to craft Banjo-Kazooie’s “spiritual successor” last week, currently being referred to as Project Ukulele.

Their reveal came in EDGE’s newest issue, which was accompanied by concept art that Siliconera have obtained scans for.

The rather whimsical setting recalls the lineage of the ex-Rare employees that have formed the independent studio, such as Donkey Kong Country and Banjo-Kazooie lead programmer Chris Sutherland, artist Steve Mayles who created Banjo and Kazooie, Viva Piñata designer Gavin Price and composer Grant Kirkhope.

“There’s been so much pent-up passion for doing something like this, because we’ve all been sat on a lot of these ideas since Banjo-Tooie came out,” Price explained to the magazine.

“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.”

Playtonic are to make a proof-of-concept, before hiring other ex-Rare employees to build an “N64-size” team comprised of 10 – 15 staff. They already have enough funds for this first game, with their long-term business plan eventually seeing them move to other genres if they’d like to do so.

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.
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