New Footage of Banjo-Kazooie Game Shown off at SXSW

Monday, March 16th, 2015

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Banjo Kazooie Footage | oprainfall

During the SXSW Gaming Awards, Banjo-Kazooie made an appearance. New footage of what appears to be a brand new Banjo-Kazooie in development was shown off to the audience. The audience got the chance to interact with the game through Kinect. The segment allowed the audience to guide Banjo and Kazooie through a desert level to collect notes, triangle pieces, and jigsaw puzzle pieces. You can watch a recap on Twitch, but the audio has been muted. It starts around the 3:00 mark.

Are you excited to hear more news in the future, or does this look to be another disappointment for the bear and bird? Let us know below.

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  • a crappy kinect game again??

  • Draco Breach

    I wanted to love this. I really did. New game in the Banjo Kazooie franchise? Alas no. There is no passion, no skill left at Rareware. There is no conscious of the franchise’s core or beauty.

    Those models are, in the single most kind word I can find, ugly. They are remnants of the ugly state Microsoft has left Rareware in. They are remnants of everything that was wrong with Nut’s and Bolts. They are what is left of the shell of a former, beloved developer.

    There is nothing left to be excited about at Rareware. They’ve even dumped off Killer Instinct to a different studio knowing exactly that truth. They’ve shrugged Conker into a load of rubbish because they are confused of his core. I don’t even want to get started on how easily Microsoft jettisoned the Kameo and Perfect Dark franchises.

    I desperately want to believe beloved Rareware franchise could make a miraculous comeback, but this depravity shakes that belief to the very foundation. These beloved franchises are now viewed as nothing more than microtransactions and Kinect fodder.

    I have no kinder way of saying this. I really don’t.

    I suppose I only have solace in Playtonic revitalizing their core with new worlds, new franchises.

    Rareware is dead, and no amount of rose perfume will cover the stench of the corpse. No matter how hard I’ve tried to ignore it over the years. No matter how I shut my eyes and ears to the truth which has been plain as day since Star Fox Adventures and the hostile buyout of yesteryear.

    • Avast

      Who cares about Rareware, when most of the people from there joined and formed Playtonic….. Star Fox Adventures was and is still really good, but considering I didn’t really enjoy the normal Star Fox Games, I guess that’s why I was never really bothered/ overreacting about it like most of the community.
      But from someone who hasn’t really played Star Fox as much as the rest, I’d say it’s not a bad game at all.

      ..Now.. Nuts and Bolts is another thing. Let’s not even mention that horror.

      Everything else you’ve said, I agree with 110%!
      “I desperately want to believe beloved Rareware franchise could make a
      miraculous comeback, but this depravity shakes that belief to the very
      foundation.”

      One more thing, I’ve only just seen this, I’ve never even heard of Banjo Kazooie having another game coming out.. In fact, the most I’ve heard that’s kind of related is the Playtonic stuff…

      Do you think they released this news because of Playtonic? I feel as if they’re getting threatened by the Project Ukulele stuff, so they feel as if they need to sell out, once again..

    • Draco Breach

      Well, I have reason to hate Star Fox Adventure. I do personally feel it was one of the worst games I ever played. For a Star Fox game let alone a Rareware title (up to that point), it had no replay value and was strictly linear. I felt I had wasted my time and money on it as I literally beat it in one sitting in less than six hours…with 100% completion.

      To this day, it is the only Nintendo game I have traded in and completely turned my back on.

      As far as caring about Rareware, I suppose nostalgia goggles just want me to love those franchises. I want a GOOD Banjo Kazooie, Kameo, Perfect Dark, Battletoads, Killer Instinct, Conker… I suppose it’s too much to ask.

      As far as your question goes, it’s been hinted at for a while that Microsoft and Rareware are working on a new Banjo Kazooie title. Perhaps this reveal was in reaction to Playtonic revealing Project Ukelele. It *has* been a few weeks, and the footage/gameplay shown does look slapped together.

      Though, it also looks like usual fare for modern Rareware.

  • Lord Ackercocke

    Rare are nothing without NIntendo. That’s just how it is.

  • ahigee

    hello, could it perhaps be just a demo for this particular event. It DOES NOT mean that this is an actual game. These sort of things can be thrown together very easily within a few days so it’s not like it would of taken them very much effort to create

    • Draco Breach

      It could be a demo for built specifically for the event. However, that is a lot of money to spend on a collaboration between Rareware and…whoever it was. There are just two problems sticking to that assessment to give hope to the franchise.

      1) Rareware hasn’t developed anything without Kinect in a very long time. You could say they are a “Kinect developer” for the Xbox division.

      2) Rareware has hinted at developing a “beloved Rare franchise” with very strong accents of Banjo Kazooie.

      For me at least, these facts make the demonstration shown at SXSW seem like a preview announcement or something. The showcase was disappointment at its finest.

      As for taking a few days to throw together, I think it would have taken a bit longer than that. Even taking assets from Nuts and Bolts (which is looks like they did), it would likely take a few weeks to put together, playtest, and tweak.