Former Rare developers have founded a new indie studio, Playtonic Games, and have announced plans for a "spiritual successor" to Banjo Kazooie.
Playtonic Games currently has six staff members, though they hope to grow the team to around fifteen people. Among the developers are Chris Sutherland (project director and software engineer) who worked at Rare for 25 years; Jens Restemeier (technical director); Steven Hurst (environment art director) who worked on classics like GoldenEye and the original Banjo Kazooie; and Gavin Price.
The project is currently code-named Project Ukulele. Playtonic says that its aim is to create “a worthy spiritual successor to those fondly remembered platforming adventures we built in the past.” The team wrote that fans will “ultimately shape the destination of our project.”
It must be said that the project is in safe hands. All we’ve seen at the moment is a solitary piece on concept art, but further coverage should come in the next few days. Playtonic also committed to giving fans glances at its work over time.