Former Rare employee Phil Tossell has shed light on the early development of Dinosaur Planet, the project that eventually became Star Fox Adventures.
“Actually, it was supposed to be a hybrid of Diddy Kong Racing and an adventure game,” Tossell explained to Retro Gamer. “Every level would have some kind of track in it and a race as part of the story. It took a while to settle down…”
It wasn’t until Shigeru Miyamoto stepped in to point out similarities with Star Fox, a discussion that soon resulted in Rare being granted the opportunity to use the character within the project.
“It seemed like a no-brainer,” Tossell continued. “They’re offering this great character from this great franchise! I was attached to Dinosaur Planet but I love the original Star Fox. Our only concerns were how we could fit it into this game we have.”