Banjo-Kazooie 'spiritual successor' being pitched by ex-Rare devs

By Andrew Yoon, Sep 28, 2012 12:00pm PDT

GYUH HUH! How would you like a return to the classic collect-a-thon platforms of the 32 and 64 bit era? "Core members" of the original Rare team that worked on Banjo-Tooie are ready to make a "spiritual successor" to the once-popular N64 platformer.

"We're not talking about making Banjo. We want to make something new but (hopefully) with that same magic," the team said on a newly-created Twitter account.

According to IGN, the Mingy Jongo group includes series composer Grant Kirkhope and artist Steven Hurst. It's unclear who else from Rare will be working on the project.

The team aims to make "a game that shares that same kind of humour, silly characters, fun game play, great tunes and all that stuff that we enjoy making." However, it's clear that this pitch is simply that--and if something does come to fruition, it will be a long ways off. "We've got a lot to think about now on how to proceed so give us a bit of time to work it out."

It seems likely the team will go to Kickstarter or a similar crowdfunding site to realize their idea. However, the amount required might be beyond their reach. "Come on. It'll be easy! If you all pledge $10 and we can get, I don't know, about 500,000 backers then off we go! Shouldn't be too difficult."

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