Though it's now owned by Microsoft and far removed from its days of dominance developing exclusives for SNES and Nintendo 64, Rare has a special place in the hearts of many Nintendo fans. It's an iconic studio and, as a result, its story has various facets and mysteries that remain the talk of retro gamers.
One game that's had a near mythological presence is Project Dream, an adventure game that was in development for SNES, then N64, before it was heavily revised and became Banjo-Kazooie. The original concept was for an RPG-style adventure starring a young boy called Edson and his dog called Dinger; it's a game that was mostly only known through a few screens and pieces of concept art, yet now there's official footage. Rare has put together a video documenting its history with some of those involved in the development team, with plenty of footage from the 16- and 64-bit builds.
It provides a fascinating look at some key work Rare undertook between its Donkey Kong Country era and the arrival of Banjo-Kazooie; in the words of our editorial director Damien McFerran, this footage is "like the holy grail for Rare fans".
Check it out below and let us know what you think.