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Ex-Rare Developers Join Forces To Create A Spiritual Successor To Banjo-Tooie

Posted by Shaan Joshi

All hope is not lost

Nothing puts a frown on a Nintendo fan's face like mentioning Rare. The company that once brought Perfect Dark, Donkey Kong 64, Banjo Kazooie and GoldenEye 007 are currently working on the Kinect Sports series for Microsoft. While most gamers have given up on seeing a new "proper" Banjo Kazooie sequel from Rare, a new glimmer of hope has arisen. Sort of.

A handful of ex-Rare members have joined up in hope of gaining enough support to develop a spiritual successor to Banjo-Tooie, including series composer Grant Kirkhope and artist Steven Hurst. While we'll have to wait to see how this all pans out, you can show your support by following their Twitter account. So far there have been hints that the Unity engine might be considered for this new dose of googly-eyed goodness.

#unity will probably be perfect for our spiritual successor. I'm thinking keeping level of detail and googly eyes close to the original ...


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Hokori said:

Who are those cube characters, and what have you done with banjo and kazooie?
This is Rare not Squaresoft...



19Robb92 said:

Depending on the system of choice I'd fully support them. But isn't the IP owned by RARE, which is now owned by MS?

Do they have the rights to create this game with these characters when they're not part of the company that owns the IP anyomre?



ShadJV said:

@19Robb92 From what I understand, "spiritual successor" doesn't mean a true sequel. Not the Banjo Kazooie characters or universe, just a game that retains the feel of Banjo Tooie.

I personally find this bittersweet. The Banjo Kazooie series give me so much nostalgia, and Nuts & Bolts, though a good game in its own respect, did NOT feel like BK. This might fill that hole that Rare left me, but at the same time... will it be as fulfilling as a true sequel? I can't imagine it will, but only time will tell.



Undead_terror said:

Would be awsome to have B&K back in action but only on a nintendo system since its the original home for it.
why does no one mention killer instinct?



19Robb92 said:

Ah, yeah. That makes sense. Too bad, I would have loved to see a Banjo Threeie..

But a spiritual successor might work I guess.



Chunky_Droid said:

I would support this more than any new Banjo Kazooie game from Microsoft.

Bring back the Stamper brothers already!



TwilightV said:

If they put it on the Wii U or make it multiplatform including Wii U then they have my full support!



HaNks said:

how about a whole development company that's the spiritual successor to n64 rareware. and nintendo can bring them into the fold to develop for wii-u. hey, a man can dream ;]



MrWalkieTalkie said:

@19Robb92 But then again, lets face facts, Microsoft doesn't give a crap about Banjo-Kazooie, they're just making Rare make more and more Kinect games. So perhaps they will be willing to give up the Bear & Bird seeing as there is no future for them at Microsoft.



realar said:

This could mean another Donkey Kong game, it fits the bill quite nicely.



NintyMan said:

This is definitely hopeful news, and I would support it all the way. Thing is, if they were to make it for the Wii U, wouldn't they have to get tangled in the copyright web with Microsoft?

Whatever works, this allows us to dream at least.



Alienfish said:

Great. The actual people that made those great games years ago (not the worthless studio that Rare has become) will be making something similar. Can't wait.

Oh, and Microsoft didn't just buy Rare, they thoroughly ruined it. Now we have Retro.



Henmii said:

"So far there have been hints that the Unity engine might be considered for this new dose of googly-eyed goodness"

And guess wich console gets this engine soon?! The Wii u! So there is hope for a new Banjo Kazooie on the Wii u!

Oh, who am I fooling! Rareware has the Banjo Kazooie rights, Rareware works for Microsoft nowadays, and Microsoft just wants a endless stream of Kinect sports/party games from them! Nothing will happen!



Chunky_Droid said:

I think a lot of people here should be aware that "spiritual successor" means it won't be a Banjo Kazooie game. It will be something similar to it. Perhaps with a Diddy Kong Racing character that Microsoft nor Nintendo might actually have rights to such as Bumper or that tiger guy. hell, even Drumsti k would make a cool game.



TrueWiiMaster said:

If this goes to Kickstarter, it's likely to be the first one I actually buy. These guys are awesome.



kyuubikid213 said:

I'm only going to say it once.
Get it? "Unleashed" has a 'U' in it.



tabris95 said:

Lol and then Miyamoto gets a hold of this and gets them to put Starfox characters in it XD



sinalefa said:

So the spiritual successors of Rare develop a spiritual successor to BK? It would be worth happening.



Token_Girl said:

@aaron sullivan
Definitely want that. Shoot, I'd seriously consider buying an Xbox for a straight port. DKR Forever!



Crystalking18 said:

Have my prayers been answered? If they start a kickstarter, I'll definitely support with whatever money I could find.



SavageBlackWolf said:

Cool !!! Looking forward to seeing what they can do. My wallet is ready.(aka:10 to 20 bucks ready, that is).

P.S.(Oh and as far as potential company names, go: Flare Studios).



Gridatttack said:

I hope a new game comes out from this. Ive never fully played any BK games, but just by watching people playing it seems like an awesome game. If a good looking game comes out from this, I will surely buy it when I get the chance.



Ernest_The_Crab said:


I have a feeling that Nintendo owns the rights to Diddy Kong Racing so that won't happen anytime soon.

The idea they have seems kind of interesting especially since I loved the first one Banjo Kazooie. I wonder if they'll put in multiplayer?
Probably be rebranded to Banjo's Crazy Karts or something.



Late said:

I've never played Banjo-Kazooie or Tooie. I've never even touched N64. I don't know anyone who has N64. They aren't in Virtual Console. I'll try this new game when I get the chance.



Zombie_Barioth said:

Your not the only one who feels that way. If I ever get a 360 I'll probably pick up Nuts 'n Bolts anyway, but bear & bird simply don't look the same.

Being a spiritual successor maybe it'll follow a similar story, in the same way B&K was based on another game Rare was planning. I'm looking forward to this one.



seronja said:

banjo threeie man, come on the wii-u xD i don't want this to happen on a M$ console, because it will fail in sales, just like conkers bad fur day live and realoded! that game was in stores 3 months before xbox360 came out, and M$ is in development of a new xbox wich means same faith would happen with this game... rare should beg nintendo with tears to buy them back, i know they would be on the top again just imagine what could rare & retro make together!



SammyOfMobius said:

I believe in you!!!! (People give me a weird look) What? I'm trying to have a dramatic climax here!!! XD



Knux said:

People are reading this wrong. ''Spiritual successor'' means a platformer that is similar to Banjo-Tooie but it would be a new IP. Perfect Dark was a spiritual successor to Goldeneye, for example.

But either way, this is fantastic news.



misswliu81 said:

sounds great- they should do the same for killer instinct, though i read that microsoft bought the I.P from rare though i hope this isn't true.



_Octoling_ said:

Nintendo should get the IP, have original Rare make a studio, buy 'em out, and provide funding. Banjo-Threeie, I got my bird, I got my pack, I got my jiggies and here I come!



JebbyDeringer said:

Knowing those RARE devs despite this not being actually Banjo & Kazooie they will make it into a running joke and part of the story.



Alundra-1998 said:

I would most definitely purchase Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie instantly if they were to release it on the Nintendo Wii U eShop.



TanookiMike said:

Oh man, lets hope this is multiplatform.

They should consider Kickstarter if they need the financial support - I know plenty of people would be happy to contribute.



Henmii said:

Yeah, it's more likely that "spiritual succesor" means: A new game like Banjo Tooie! So a 3D free-roaming platformer with cool characters and Rare humor!

Either way, could be a lot of fun (if it happens)! Remember that the Stamper brothers wanted to create a new Rare at Twycross!



AntiGuy said:

"These two need no introduction"

Excuse me..!? I know no bear with a blocky nose, take that picture down and use a proper image of the REAL Banjo and Kazooie from the N64 days, thank you.



Dodger said:

Good, because the ex-rare developers are the ones that I trust to make good games. Nintendo could buy back Rare and they still would just be an average developer because nobody from the time when they made great games still works there. I really doubt they are working on Kinect Sports just because Microsoft wants to ruin them.

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