Banjo Kazooie series composer Grant Kirkhope has announced during a Ask Me Anything thread on Reddit that the Banjo Kazooie spiritual successor isn’t happening anymore. Back in September 2012 former Rare employees were going to get together and create a spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie and possibly get it funded on Kickstarter. Kirkhope now says that the project fell to bits once the developers got other jobs. Here’s what he had to say.
“The other guys actually had a secret meeting in a pub near Rare and we even got as far as having a character drawn up and a demo level type thing but it all fell to bits,” he stated. “Everyone’s got other jobs etc.”
I was sent the above image yesterday and automatically assumed it was fake, however you will notice that Halo Spartan Assault is listed which was confirmed today by Microsoft as being in development for Windows Phone and Windows 8. Microsoft has previously said that Rare is working on a historic franchise for Xbox One, so Banjo Kazooie makes a lot of sense. Consider this a rumour for now, but we should know more on June 10th.
Banjo-Kazooie. The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra proudly delivers 72 minutes of gorgeous sound in his new album entitled The Banjo-Kazooie Symphony.
From the musician who brought you the Super Metroid Symphony comes a brand new release, and it’s entirely dedicated to
By working with Grant Kirkhope – the original composer for the Banjo-Kazooie soundtrack – Blake Harrison’s album features 30 tracks which remains ever-faithful to the source material and promises to deliver over an hour of ‘nostalgic adventure’. In support of the release, Banjo-Kazooie composer Kirkhope said:
“It never ceases to amaze me how many people still listen to the music from the Banjo games after all these years, it really is very humbling. I have to say that I’m really honoured that Blake has taken the time and effort to take those old rough sounding tunes and turn them into something that I think is fantastic… I hope you’ll all agree.”
For more information on the album you can check out the Facebook page and website, but if you simply want to get a feel for the music, you can watch the video posted above. The Banjo-Kazooie Symphony will be released on May 31 and is available for $10 on iTunes and Loudr.
On a recent episode of Game Grumps, Banjo-Kazooie composer and former Rare staff member Grant Kirkhope says he keeps wishing that all ex-Rare staffers would unite, form a company and ask Nintendo to give them the funds needed to make Banjo 3 for Wii U. While it would be a dream come true for many fans of the series, the mentioned scenario is highly unlikely, as Rare is a subsidiary of Microsoft Studios, which also owns the Banjo IP.
The latest game in the series, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, was released in 2008 for the Xbox 360 and, partly because its gameplay and story, it wasn’t considered a direct sequel to the first two games, both of which were originally released for Nintendo 64.
“I keep wishing that all the ex-Rare staffers would just get together and form a company, and go to Nintendo and say ‘give us the money. We’ll make you Banjo 3 for the Wii U’ or whatever. …Just make Banjo 3 like it should have been made back then and it would be great, and it would be great on Wii U, and all the ex-Rare guys would be together again all happy and kissing each other. … I just keep thinking we should just give it a try.”
-Banjo-Kazooie composer and former Rare staffer Grant Kirkhope
A fan of Nintendo 64 title Banjo-Kazooie asked its developer, Rare, via Twitter, whether there is a possibility for a Nintendo 3DS remake of the game. Rather than replying with a definitive answer, and although it’s not very likely, Rare told the fan that anything’s possible. I, for one, would love to see a remake of Banjo-Kazooie, as it is one of my all-time favorite 3D platformers and Nintendo 64 games.
This is probably an annoying question to you. Is there any possibility of a Banjo remake in 3DS? Like they did to Ocarina of Time.
Rare: Anything’s possible, even if it’s not very likely :)
A number of ex Rare developers have joined forces in the hope that they will get enough support to develop what they say will be the spiritual successor to Banjo-Tooie. They’ve already got Grant Kirkhope and Stephen Hurst on board, so it will be interesting to see how this pans out. To register your support all you need to do is follow their Twitter account.
An anonymous tipster told ZI that Nintendo is in the process of trying to get Rare back from Microsoft. The tipster claims that Nintendo’s main purpose for doing so is to acquire the rights to the Banjo-Kazooie franchise. Apparently, the negotiation – between Nintendo and Microsoft – has been going on for quite some time and Retro Studios is deep into development on a Banjo-Kazooie game. Are these rumors too good to be true?
Rare, the acclaimed British development studio behind such franchises as Donkey Kong Country and Banjo Kazooie has told Industry Gamers that the company hasn’t ‘fallen of the map’ since they joined Microsoft back in 2002.
“We didn’t fall off the map. We might have changed and evolved. Our focus is different, but we haven’t fallen off the map.”
“Fallen off the map is interesting when you sell over three million units.”
“I like that falling off the map. It’s great success in this industry.”
“If you look at what Rare has done, whether it was Killer Instinct in the arcade or Donkey Kong Country and pushing pre-rendered graphics, they always innovate as a studio. That has stayed the same.”
“We delivered as much to the platform as any other studio. With the success of Kinect Sports and what I believe will be a successful Season Two, I think Rare lived up to its potential.”
- Rare’s new leader, Scott Henson
The latest rumour doing the rounds on the Internet is that Rare are currently in talks with Nintendo to bring across some of their beloved franchises to the Nintendo 3DS. Rare previously developed a couple of titles for the Nintendo DS but stopped once they were informed that they should solely focus their attention on Microsoft’s Kinect device.
Supposedly, the company is in talks with Nintendo to develop games for the 3DS platform, including a 3D continuation of the Banjo-Kazooie franchise. Pleased with the success of their previous handheld outings and seeing no conflict between the XBox market and the handheld gaming market, Microsoft supposedly sees this as a positive as it could boost sales of their titles developed for XBox 360. Sources also say that Nintendo and Rare discussed a 3DS continuation of the Star Fox Adventures series, but that nothing is currently in development on that front.
With the imminent re-release of Banjo Kazooie on Xbox Live Arcade, Rare has decided not to rule out the possibility of the well-received N64 platformer appearing on the Wii Virtual Console.