Rare Veterans Working on Spiritual Successor to Banjo-Kazooie

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

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Project Ukulele | oprainfall

Sometimes, if you’re a gamer long enough, you are fortunate enough to see crazy and exciting things happen. Today is one of those days, as former Rare veterans have banded together as Playtonic Games to form a new game called Project Ukulele. That wouldn’t be exciting in and of itself were it not for the fact that Project Ukulele is said to be a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. I’m sure I don’t have to explain how big of a deal that game was for Nintendo fans, nor harp on about how disappointing the series became after Microsoft bought Rare years ago. What is most important is the prospect of a spiritual successor could mean we get a proper third Banjo-Kazooie style game that most fans have always wanted.

Banjo Kazooie | Project Ukulele

This news came courtesy of Edge Magazine, along with the info that Playtonic Games has the funding for the project, but wants to find a publisher. As of right now, Project Ukulele (which I’m certain is not the final name) is set to come to Steam Early Access as well as consoles. On their official website they also went on to say that “Over the coming months we’ll reveal more about our project and future growth plans, and we very much intend to get you involved and listen to your views on our game’s direction.” They continue by promising that “You’ll ultimately shape the destination of our project and we plan to continue exchanging sweet glances across cyberspace at you until we get there.” Sounds very compelling to me. I certainly would love for Project Ukulele to hearken to the golden days of Rare, and hope to find out more info about the title soon. Feel free to chime in on your impressions in the comments below!


About Josh Speer

Josh is a passionate gamer, finding time to clock in around 30-40 hours of gaming a week. He discovered Operation Rainfall while avidly following the localization of the Big 3 Wii RPGs. He enjoys SHMUPS, Platformers, RPGs, Roguelikes and the occasional Fighter. He’s also an unashamedly giant Mega Man fan, having played the series since he was eight. As Head Editor and Review Manager, he spends far too much time editing reviews and random articles. In his limited spare time he devours indies whole and anticipates the release of quirky, unpredictable and innovative games.