Want to relive the peaks of Rare’s development days on the Nintendo 64 but are having a difficult time finding an outlet? Playtonic Games might have the game that you are looking for.
The new studio, formed by six former Rare developers from the Donkey Kong Country and Banjo-Kazooie days, has announced a new game with the placeholder name, “Project Ukulele.” In an interview with Edge, Playtonic describes it as a “worthy spiritual successor” to the classic Rare formula of platforming and encouraged fan participation with development thanks to Steam Early Access.
“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. 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.”
Playtonic claims to have enough funding to develop the game, but it would prefer to work with a mutually agreeing publisher rather than tackle the difficulties of indie development alone. It also wants to release the game on consoles, not just the PC.
So far, all we have from Project Ukulele is a teaser image featuring the eyes of our anthropomorphic heroes as they lurk behind a bush. A faint outline reveals what could either be squirrel ears or a birds beak, indicating that these two will very much run along the lines of Conker, Banjo, Kazooie, and other classic Rare characters. just with a Hawaiian or jungle setting.
To up the ante a little bit, Rare is also busy not-so-subtly hinting that it has its own Banjo-Kazooie sequel in the works. Sounds like we have a Harvest Moon/Song of Seasons situation on our hands again. Do we go with the brand and company name or with the original faces behind them? It’s hard to say without knowing the names of the team at Playtonic and the names of who still remain at Rare.